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September 12, 2002


SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) is seeking public comment on issues related to increasing the number of minority faculty at colleges and universities.

Two public hearings have been set to solicit testimony, and plans are underway to establish a web-based site as an additional outlet for public opinion. The first hearing will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. September 24, 2002 in Conference Room H of the Public Affairs Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The second hearing is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. October 4 in Room 9-040 at the Thompson Center in Chicago.

The study of minority faculty in higher education is the result of an executive order issued by Governor George Ryan. Public comment is sought, in particular, on these issues:

  • The availability of minority faculty - examining the pool of minority faculty in graduate programs in Illinois and what statewide or institutional policies and practices might increase the number choosing faculty positions in Illinois.
  • The hiring process and campus leadership - exploring the academic search process, campus programs that support faculty diversity, and statewide efforts that could foster greater diversity on campuses.
  • Retention of diverse faculty and campus climate - studying whether a supportive climate exists for underrepresented faculty in Illinois and what steps at the state or campus level might produce a more welcoming environment for minority faculty.

Public testimony will be limited to five minutes; written testimony can be submitted at the hearing or mailed to the Board offices at 431 East Adams Street, Second Floor, Springfield, 62701-1418. All speakers must register, which may be done at the hearing or beforehand by phone to Pat Sexton, (217) 557-7380, or by email,


Don Sevener



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