The following list of background materials help give a policy context for the work of the Commission.
- The Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success
In the spring of 2007, the Illinois General Assembly, though HJR69, directed the Illinois Board of Higher Education to develop a public agenda for Illinois higher education through the creation of a 25-member Public Agenda Task Force. The product of six Task Force meetings and 17 regional public forums held around the state, the Illinois Public Agenda lays out the economic, educational, and social challenges facing Illinois and establishes four goals for postsecondary education – directed toward overcoming Illinois’ various challenges – together with the strategies, tactics, and metrics to achieve the goals.
- Essential Steps for States: Overview and Shift to Performance Funding, from Complete College America.
Complete College America is a national alliance of 22 states, including Illinois, which are committed to setting and achieving specific postsecondary credential attainment goals by 2020 or 2025. For Illinois, the goal, as stated in the Illinois Public Agenda, is to increase educational attainment to match best-performing states and countries. That will require us to increase attainment from 41 percent of adults with a postsecondary credential to 60 percent by 2025. The Overview lays out the overall college completion goal proposed by Complete College America, and Shift to Performance Funding provides an introduction to moving state higher education budgeting practices toward a system that incentivizes credential completion and provides examples of states that have implemented such changes recently.
- NCHEMS Consultants Report: Developing a Public Agenda for College and Career Success, DRAFT
The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) Consultants Report describes some overarching principles regarding the use of policy tools that can be employed to promote achievement of the goals of the Illinois Public Agenda. The report briefly describes the array of policy tools available including funding and resource allocation. The report emphasizes the importance of aligning financing and resource allocation mechanisms with state goals. The report further identifies a limited set of areas in which policy alternatives should be investigated. These alternatives include key concepts of finance policy.
- Setting a Context for Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Development.
This report, produced annually by the IBHE,provides the “lay of the land” to the Commission as it considers funding for Illinois higher education. The report provides a picture of long-term trends in higher education funding in Illinois, an examination of how recent budgetary actions have affected individual institutions and agency programs, and a comparison of trends in Illinois to trends in surrounding states and the nation. The report turns briefly to the state’s fiscal context, summarizing revenue and expenditure trends. The report was written prior to the restoration of Monetary Award Program funding in October 2009, but it remains a valuable resource.