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April 1, 2003
9:00 a.m.

Danville Area Community College
Vermilion Hall, Room 302
200 East Main Street
Danville, Illinois

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1. Call Meeting to Order, Chairman Steven H. Lesnik
2. Announcements by Chairman Steven H. Lesnik

Remarks by Alice Mumaw Jacobs, President, Danville Area Community College


Remarks by Daniel J. LaVista, Executive Director


Advisory Committee Reports
Committees that advise the Illinois Board of Higher Education will comment on their respective committee's perspectives and observations concerning items on the meeting agenda. (Presentations by Kenneth Andersen, Faculty Advisory Council; Jeff Twardowski, Student Advisory Committee; Ronald Taylor, Proprietary Advisory Committee; Michael Murphy, Council of Community College Presidents; and Donald Fouts, Private College and University Advisory Committee.)


Opportunities for Leadership: Strategies for Improving Faculty Diversity in Illinois Higher Education (Action)
This report presents findings of a study of faculty diversity prompted by a 2001 report of the Board of Higher Education: "Gateway to Success: Rethinking Access and Success for a New Century." This report concentrates on minority faculty, but also examines the representation of female faculty and issues facing faculty with disabilities. The study finds that faculty diversity enhances the education of all students. It puts forward proposals to increase faculty diversity by drawing more effectively from faculty pools, improving the search process and campus climate, and strengthening accountability. The report emphasizes the critical role of campus leadership. It also shows how the Board can support institutional leaders through more effective statewide action. Staff will present a final report with recommendations at the August meeting. (Presentation by Doug Day)

Full Report


Legislative Report
This item provides an update on recent legislative activity, with particular focus on legislation relating to higher education. (Presentation by Debra Smitley)


New Units of Instruction at Public Community Colleges (Action)
This item recommends approval of new programs for the following institutions: Black Hawk College, Richard J. Daley College, William Rainey Harper College, Heartland Community College, and Southwestern Illinois College. (Presentation by Diane Gilleland)


New Units of Instruction, Public Service and Research at Public Universities (Action)
This item recommends approval of a Doctor of Audiology at Northern Illinois University, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. (Presentation by Diane Gilleland)

10. New Operating and/or Degree-Granting Authority for Independent Institutions (Action)
This item recommends operating and/or degree-granting authority for the following institutions: Benedictine University, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Lewis University, University of St. Francis, and Westwood College of Technology-Chicago Loop.(Presentation by Diane Gilleland)
11. Consent Agenda (Action)
12. Other Matters
CA-1. Board Meeting Minutes - February 4, 2003
CA-2. Financial Report

Health Services Education Grants Act: Fiscal Year 2003 Grant Allocation
This item recommends an allocation of the $17 million fiscal year 2003 appropriation for the Health Services Education Grants Act. These grants provide financial assistance to independent Illinois institutions that educate and train health professionals. (Debra Smitley)


Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program: Fiscal Year 2003 Grant Allocation
This item recommends an allocation of the $2.1 million appropriation for Illinois Cooperative Work Study Grants for fiscal year 2003. (Terry Nunn)

Fiscal Year 2003 Project Synopses


Public University Noninstructional Project Approvals
This item recommends approval for noninstructional projects at Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The projects for Eastern Illinois University involve installation of sprinkler systems in student apartments and resurfacing the football field, and the project for Southern Illinois University involves property acquisition in Springfield. (Dan Layzell)

II-1. Barbour, Griffith, and Rogers, Inc.
This item provides background information concerning the Board's contract with Barbour, Griffith and Rogers, Inc. (Daniel J. LaVista)
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