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Public Comments Received
Anne Kaplan Goal One Recommendation
Vice President, Administration & University Outreach
Northern Illinois University
Expand baccalaureate completion programs through partnerships between community collees and 4-year institutions and Goal 3, Increase degree completion opportunities for working adults: [ Read More ]
C. Kimberling Goal One Recommendation
President
Argosy University, Chicago
Specifically, Goal 1.c. deals with reducing geographic disparities in educational attainment. One way to accomplish this, I believe, is to provide stronger incentives (and to reduce disincentives) for four-year institutions to co-locate course offerings leading to higher-level degrees on community college campuses. [ Read More ]
Jataun Pye Goal One Recommendation
Program Coordinator / Student / Researcher
Learning in Context/Gateway
The population of students requiring remediation in colleges has remained within projection with minimal variance over the last two decades. However community colleges and post-secondary schools in several states have exhibited unprecedented growth in the number of remedial courses offered at each institution, as well as costs passed-on to their institution and students. [ Read More ]
Angela Vietto Goal One Recommendation
Associate Professor of English
Eastern IL University
I'm concerned to see "increase dual-credit opportunities" as a strategy here. Is there evidence that dual-credit is beneficial in terms of learning as opposed to merely a cost-saving strategy? [ Read More ]
Elmer Washington Goal One Recommendation
IBHE Board Member
The NCHEM report has left us with a valuable set of observations and a framework for addressing challenging 21st Century educational issues. It has provided us with sets of potential state performance measures, however progress in achieving state performance measures can only be realized in concert with performance measures that target and are helpful to specific organizations, institutions, and groups within each region of the state. [ Read More ]
Sherrill Weaver Goal One Recommendation
Professor & Chair, Library Services Department
Oakton Community College Library
Without 21st Century digital information fluency skills to support math and science skill, Illinois residents will not be able to achieve the innovations and compete globally to improve the state's economy and the quality of life for all Illinois residents. [ Read More ]
Addison Woodward Goal One Recommendation
IBHE Board Member
Of particular interest to me are the data presented in “Student Pipeline, 2004”. Roughly 58% of ninth graders DO NOT DIRECTLY ENTER COLLEGE. That percentage is stark, sobering, and staggering. [ Read More ]
Addison Woodward Goal One Recommendation
IBHE Board Member
Increase the number of ninth graders continuing on to post secondary education. Data indicate only 42% do so. [ Read More ]
Meegan Bassett Goal Two Recommendation
Senior Policy Associate
Women Employed
Ensure college affordability for students, families, and taxpayers. Comment: This goal is well framed and the recommendation and strategies address key issues related to affordability for low-income and middle-income students. [ Read More ]
Anne Kaplan Goal Two Recommendation
Vice President, Administration & University Outreach
Northern Illinois University
Goal 2 recognizes the degree to which student financial aid has not kept up with university increases in tuition and fees. University efforts to bridge the gap between institutional costs and available aid force further increases in tuition and fees, which, in turn, widen the gap that needs to be closed. While the ideal and much desired solution to this funding issue would require increases in available aid and decreases in university costs, neither seems likely in the current economic climate. [ Read More ]
Allan Karnes Goal Two Recommendation
Professor
Faculty Advisory Council, SIUC
Two concerns-1st-making more explicit the relationship between state appropriations, tuition and financial aid.-Not sure what this means-Does that imply central control of tuition? If yes, that is a very bad idea. [ Read More ]
Meegan Bassett Goal Three Recommendation
Senior Policy Associate
Women Employed
The recommendations for this section don't address how they will be funded. There is also some disagreement as to the effectiveness of work ready certificates. See "A Survey of Selected Work Readiness Certificates" by Norma Rey-Alicea and Geri Scott from Jobs for the Future (2007). [ Read More ]
Jasmine Cieszynski Goal Four Recommendation
Instructional Services Librarian
Olivet Nazarene University
Please revise to include Digital fluency competencies: "A state’s investment or interest in developing human capital can be measured by the early childhood development programs, the P-20 alignment of curriculum, the rigorous math, science, and digitial information fluency classes offered to middle and high school students, and the availability of career, technical/vocational, and information/technology skills in secondary and post-secondary levels of education." [ Read More ]
Sarah Dulay Goal Four Recommendation
Director of Library Services
Northwestern Business College
Better integrate Illinois’ educational, research, and innovation assets to meet economic needs of the state and its regions." [ Read More ]
C. Kimberling Goal Four Recommendation
President
Argosy University, Chicago
I suggest drawing attention to the poor showing Illinois makes in attracting venture capital financing (0.7 per $1,000 Gross State Product in 2003, compared to a national average of 1.7. (See p. 98 of the March 26, 2008, NCHEMS “Observations and Findings” report, which I recommend be added as an insert into the Goal 4 final report.) [ Read More ]
Tim Lockman Goal Four Recommendation
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Kishwaukee College
Please consider requesting that this statement be amended as shown below to include 21st Century digital information fluency skills: "A state’s investment or interest in developing human capital can be measured by the early childhood development programs, the P-20 alignment of curriculum, the rigorous math, and… [ Read More ]
Beth Mandrell Goal Four Recommendation
Reference Librarian
Rend Lake College
Please consider revising goal 4, page 5, paragraph 4 to read: "A state’s investment or interest in developing human capital can be measured by the early childhood development programs, the P-20 alignment of curriculum, the rigorous math, and… [ Read More ]
Christopher McCord Goal Four Recommendation
Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Northern Illinois University
Within Goal 4, the proposed agenda appropriately targets some of the key elements of the connection between higher education and economic growth. There are some points in the agenda that I would like to single out for particular endorsement, and some points where I believe the agenda could be expanded: [ Read More ]
Seth Mendelowitz Goal Four Recommendation
Associate Professor
Parkand College
I agree with those who suggest the following wording: Please consider requesting that this statement be amended as shown below to include 21st Century digital information fluency skills: [ Read More ]
Judy Moore Goal Four Recommendation
Director of Library Services
Highland Community College
Please consider amending this statement as shown below to include 21st Century digital information fluency skills: "A state’s investment or interest in developing human capital can be measured by the early childhood development programs, the P-20 alignment of curriculum, the rigorous math, science, and digital information fluency classes offered to middle and high school students, and… [ Read More ]
Maureen Mulcrone Goal Four Recommendation

CCC
Please consider amending this statement to include 21st Century digital information fluency skills: "A state’s investment or interest in developing human capital can be measured by the early childhood development programs, the P-20 alignment of curriculum, the rigorous math, and… [ Read More ]
Robert Patino Goal Four Recommendation
Director of Technology Transfer
SIU School of Medicine
As it relates to Goal Four of the 10/06/08 Task Force Meeting, there appears to be a strategy to commercialize research and create startup businesses at colleges and universities. I have a particular interest in section D’s (1) and (3) through my position as the Director of Technology Transfer at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, IL. [ Read More ]
Jennifer Schwartz Goal Four Recommendation
Librarian
Oakton Community College
Please consider amending this statement below to include 21st Century digital information fluency skills: "A state’s investment or interest in developing human capital can be measured by the early childhood development programs, the P-20 alignment of curriculum, the rigorous math, science, and digitial information fluency classes offered to middle and… [ Read More ]
Lisa Stock Goal Four Recommendation
Dean of Learning Resources
College of DuPage
I would like to support the inclusion of digital information fluency into this goal. Work force research points to the need for employees to have 21st Century Skills, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy(IMSA)defines this as Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically. [ Read More ]
Genevieve Boesen White Paper for Public Agenda
Executive Director
South Metropolitian Higher Education Consortium
As the Public Agenda task force explores the concept of regional partnerships we believe the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium may be a prototype to review. [ Read More ]
Bradley Bond Public Agenda Comments
Acting Dean, Graduate School
Northern Illinois University
Making higher education more accessible to underrepresented populations demands state support. Re-authorization of the DFI program in particular, which allowed individuals from underrepresented groups the opportunity to obtain advanced degrees, must be a priority. This initiative assisted universities in the effort to diversify graduate student populations and helped to produce individuals who have become the teachers and mentors of present and future college students. [ Read More ]
Marry Cervinka Public Agenda Comments
HR Manager
Arrow Gear Company
The standards for a quality education should be set for employability. The effort then should be to have a variety of educational avenues to attain the required standard. Not dummy down the standards. Again everyone going through the education system is a potential employee. [ Read More ]
Paul Crawford Public Agenda Comments
Director, Community College Relations
Northern Illinois University
During FY2007, 32% of individuals enrolled at an Illinois community college sought career and technical education; 38% of the associate-level degrees awarded were AAS degrees. There is a clear need for bachelor’s degree-completion programs for place-bound individuals, especially for those working in career and technical (CT) fields. [ Read More ]
Richard Gillette Public Agenda Comments
Executive Director.
Save Community Colleges Organization Inc.
Goal 1 Strategies page 7: Consider adding D. Assure that each Illinois K-8 student knows the economic and social benefits of education. Action Steps: 1. Develop K-8 criteria to be mastered on the values of education, on the rules that allow one in the US to avoid poverty and how degrees and certificates relate to economic and social advancement. [ Read More ]
Toni Henle Public Agenda Comments
Director of Workforce Development Policy
Women Employed
Increase educational attainment to match best-performing U.S. states and world countries. This Goal is confusing to navigate because it has three recommendations and the reader is not clearly guided as to where each recommendation starts and ends. [ Read More ]
Wendy Pollack Public Agenda Comments
Director, Women's Law & Policy Project
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Introduction: we support Women Employed's comments. In addition, the document, at least in goals 1 and 2, should include more specific strategies, such as the Ohio stackable certificates model, that will increase the number of very low- and low-income students in the college and career success pipeline; and strategies that increase the number of women in nontraditional careers, including not only math and science, but also high-wage blue collar jobs such as construction. [ Read More ]
Hilary Schnadt Public Agenda Comments
Associate Dean for Academic Services & Programs
University Center of Lake County
The University Center of Lake County has worked methodically and systematically over the past ten years to address each of the needs outlined in Goal 1, Recommendations 1-3. In many ways, we see ourselves as a model for the State’s existing work in this arena. [ Read More ]
John Stierman Public Agenda Comments
Professor
Western Illinois University
I support statewide educational technology standards that promote 'digital information fluency' (or 'information/technology literacy') skills as integral to "Goal 4: Better integrate Illinois’ educational, research, and innovation assets to meet economic needs of the state and its regions." [ Read More ]
Carrie Thomas Public Agenda Comments
Associate Director
Chicago Jobs Council
Goal 1: Increase educational attainment to match best-performing U.S. states and world countries. Recommendation 2, Strategies (p. 10), add to A. Provide Resources to Help Adult Students Complete a Postsecondary Credential 1) (REVISE): Ensure adequate and appropriate funding for adult education programs, GED completion, college transition support, and specialized training such as occupational bridge programs, leading to postsecondary certificates and degrees. [ Read More ]
Fred Tsao Public Agenda Comments
policy director
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Goal 1: Increase educational attainment to match best-performing U.S. states and world countries. Recommendation 2, Strategies (p. 10), add to A. Provide Resources to Help Adult Students Complete a Postsecondary Credential 1) (REVISE): Ensure adequate and appropriate funding for adult education programs, GED completion, college transition support, and specialized training such as occupational bridge programs, leading to postsecondary certificates and degrees. [ Read More ]
Johnathan Wilson Public Agenda Comments
Student (Former Student Trustee of Joliet Junior College)
Students
When discussing the actually implementation. The Board of Higher Education should partner with a nonfor-profit organization(s). These institutions generally conduct research using own funds and would perform a more efficient investigation of best practices for colleges and universities. [ Read More ]

 

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