April 1, 2011
PUBLIC AGENDA OVERDRIVE
IBHE to review progress on accelerated implementation plan for state higher education blueprint
SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to ignite implementation of the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success, Dr. George W. Reid, the new executive director for the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), initiated a “mini-strategic plan” two months ago to accelerate action on key goals. On April 12th, the Board will receive a status report on progress being made on key goals of the Public Agenda.
“The 90-day Agenda, under the leadership of Dr. Reid, is a demonstration of the Board’s commitment to ensuring that the Illinois Public Agenda makes a difference for students, for our colleges and universities, and for the State of Illinois,” Carrie J. Hightman, IBHE Chairwoman, said. “While the Public Agenda is a 10-year roadmap to erasing the achievement gap and accomplishing other vital goals, the Board is anxious to see progress in such important areas as higher education funding and student success.”
The IBHE will meet at 1:00 p.m. April 12th at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University.
The “90-Day Agenda: Increased College Readiness and Completion, Toward Performance Funding,” has a target completion of mid-May and emphasizes four short-term goals:
“We know that the Public Agenda will not blossom in full bloom in 90 days, or 900 days,” Hightman noted. “But this mini-agenda and the abbreviated timeframe will be a powerful testament to the need for and the value of the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success.”
As further demonstration of ways in which the Public Agenda is taking root in the higher education landscape, the Illinois Community College Board will brief Board members on the success of the College and Career Readiness initiative it oversees. The project, now operating in seven community colleges, aims to identify and correct academic shortcomings of high school students before they graduate and therefore stem the need for remedial coursework when the students reach college.