February 5, 2002

9:00 a.m.

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1. Announcements and Remarks by Chairman Philip J. Rock
2. Remarks by Reverend John P. Minogue, CM, President, DePaul University
3. Remarks by Keith R. Sanders, Executive Director

All Faculty Matter! A Study of Nontenure-Track Faculty at Illinois Public Colleges and Universities (Action)

This Study Committee's report responds to a joint resolution of the Illinois General Assembly requesting that the Board report on issues affecting the use and compensation of part-time and full-time nontenure-track faculty. The Committee collected extensive information and commissioned the Center for Governmental Studies to survey all types of faculty and key administrators on this topic. In Fall 2001, the Study Committee held public hearings in Springfield and Chicago.

The report includes information on the characteristics, use, and compensation of nontenure-track faculty, as well as on broad statewide trends by faculty type. The Study Committee found that the talents and abilities of nontenure-track faculty are not as effectively used as they might be. The Committee's recommendations call for public institutions to formulate plans and policies to eliminate inequities among the nontenure track and to develop fully their abilities to contribute to student learning. (Presentations by Edward Duffy and Thomas Lamont, Co-Chairs of the Study Committee; Michael Peddle, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University; and Doug Day)

Full Report

Summary Results: IBHE Faculty Responsibilities and Satisfaction Surveys


Teacher Preparation and Competency (Action)

This item reviews the issues and data surrounding recent news articles that examined the record of teachers taking two pre-certification tests - the Illinois Test of Basic Skills and one of the subject-matter exams given prospective teachers in the fields in which they plan to teach. The item finds there are gaps in laws governing the current teacher preparation/certification system that permit poorly qualified teachers into K-12 classrooms; some graduates of colleges and universities cannot pass a test of basic skills at the 9th grade level of difficulty; and schools with high rates of poverty and minority enrollment are twice as likely to have poorly prepared teachers than schools with low levels of poverty and minority student enrollment. (Presentation by Don Sevener)


Review of Program Approval Statutes: The Private College Act and the Academic Degree Act

This three-part item addresses the effectiveness of current approval processes for Illinois private colleges and explores the feasibility of several strategies for strengthening these processes to assure the highest quality degree programs for the citizens of Illinois. Part I presents a brief history and summary of the regulatory statutes governing approval of private colleges and universities in Illinois. Part II explores the scope of existing authority and identifies strengths and weaknesses of Illinois' regulatory system for private sector degree-granting activity. Part III explores the feasibility of three identified strategies for strengthening Illinois' regulatory system. Although Illinois statutes do not reach all institutions serving Illinois residents, these statutes remain some of the strongest in the nation. Given sufficient personnel and budgetary support, current statutes can better assure program quality among institutions located within the state and subject to Illinois approval statutes. Problems posed by Internet-based institutions that offer substandard degrees are unlikely to be solved by amendments to state statutes. (Presentation by Marcia Langsjoen)


Summary and Review of Unequal Opportunity: Disparities in College Access Among the 50 States

This item provides a summary of the key findings of "Unequal Opportunity: Disparities in College Access Among the 50 States," a report issued in January 2002 by the Lumina Foundation for Education. The general findings and related policy implications of the Foundation's report are that individual opportunities for higher education are related to where a student lives, their economic circumstances, and the type of institutions available. The report underscores the importance of the interrelationship between state financial aid and tuition policies in providing higher education opportunities. (Presentation by Dan Layzell)


Status Report on Engineering Education in Illinois

This item provides a status report on Engineering Education in Illinois. The report concludes that the demand for engineers is projected to remain steady or slightly increase in the first decade of the 21st century. Further, data show there currently is no shortage of engineering graduates. The report encourages strategies to interest more high school students in engineering and to increase the diversity of the engineering student pool. (Presentation by Gary Alexander)

9. Consent Agenda (Action)
10. Information Agenda
11. Advisory Committee Reports
12. Other Matters
13. Executive Session
CA-1. Board Meeting Minutes -- December 11, 2001
CA-2. Financial Report

Illinois Financial Assistance Act Fiscal Year 2002 Grant Allocation

This item recommends an allocation of the $22.1 million fiscal year 2002 appropriation for the Illinois Financial Assistance Act. These grants provide direct financial assistance to independent Illinois institutions based on their enrollment of Illinois resident undergraduate students. Grants are recommended for 68 institutions. (Terry Nunn)


Health Services Education Grants Act Fiscal Year 2002 Grant Allocation

This item recommends an allocation of $17.6 million for Health Services Education Grants in fiscal year 2002. These grants provide financial assistance to independent Illinois institutions that educate and train health professionals. Grants are based on the number of Illinois residents and minority students enrolled in such programs. Grants are recommended for 66 institutions. (Mike Mann)


New Units of Instruction at Public Community Colleges

This item recommends approval for degree programs at the following institutions: College of DuPage, Kennedy-King College of the City Colleges of Chicago, John A. Logan College, and Waubonsee Community College. (Diane Gilleland)


New Units of Instruction, Public Service and Research at Public Universities

This item recommends approval for Southern Illinois University Carbondale to offer a B.S. in Elementary Education in the North Suburban Higher Education Region #1. (Diane Gilleland)


New Operating and/or Degree-Granting Authority for Independent Institutions

This item recommends operating and/or degree-granting authority for the following institutions: Northwestern Business College, Robert Morris College, Trinity Christian College and The Vanderschmidt School. (Marcia Langsjoen)


Public University Noninstructional Project Approval

This item recommends approval for a noninstructional capital improvement project for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Sharon Ward)


Report on Dental Education: A Report to the Illinois General Assembly in Response to House Resolution 334 - Phase II

This report addresses issues relating to the recruitment and retention of qualified faculty and the adequacy of facilities and equipment in dental assisting, dental hygiene, and dental laboratory technology programs. The report concludes that most institutions offering these programs do not have significant difficulty in attracting and retaining faculty, nor do they indicate that programs are hampered due to physical facilities or equipment. (Diane Gilleland)


Progress Report and Plans for Calendar Year 2002

This report highlights the accomplishments of the Board of Higher Education during the past year with respect to implementing "The Illinois Commitment," and outlines plans for focusing the work of the Board and staff during the coming year. (Keith R. Sanders)


Overview of Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Development

This item presents a general outline of the budget development schedule for fiscal year 2004, and solicits comments from institutions, agencies, advisory groups, and others as to priorities for advancing the goals of "The Illinois Commitment" in the fiscal year 2004 budget recommendations. (Debra Smitley)


Legislative Report

This item provides an update of legislative action thus far for the 2002 spring session. The item also provides a summary of legislation the Board of Higher Education intends to initiate for consideration, including bills relating to alternative teacher certification, the Illinois Century Network, and fiscal year 2003 appropriations. The Board also intends to initiate a resolution relating to student preparation. (Debra Smitley)


Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Update

This item presents a brief update on the fiscal year 2002 budget, including actions being taken by Governor Ryan and others to address the state revenue shortfall. Governor Ryan has asked higher education to hold $25 million in reserve, and has asked public universities to contribute $45 million to address the funding shortfall for the group health insurance program for state employees. (Debra Smitley)