Board of Higher Education
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
|Illinois Board of Higher Education
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The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) is a 16-member coordinating board with responsibilities extending to virtually every aspect of higher education in Illinois. The IBHE plays a central role in higher education planning and policy, and in that role IBHE is involved with the ongoing analysis of the aims, needs, and requirements of the system. The Board is responsible for the development of an annual state budget for the system, for review and approval of academic programs, and for the operating authority for new postsecondary institutions. In addition, the Board administers focused grant programs to promote and improve higher education opportunities.
Listed below is a summary of the major challenges and achievements by the Board in fiscal year 2018:
* Focused on four key issues of the “Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success” (i.e., increasing affordability, reducing attainment gaps, increasing adult degree completion, and advocating for higher education);
* Continued to recommend an increase in stability and predictability in the appropriation of state funds to higher education while work continues increasing efficiency and effectiveness;
* Approved 20 new degree programs at public universities, 19 at community colleges, and 81 at private institutions; 3 new institutes, departments, or schools at public universities; and 13 new authorizations for operating authority; and the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools (PBVS) approved 112 new programs of study, 35 new permits, and 134 renewals;
* IBHE had one legislative initiative become law in fiscal year 2018, Public Act 100-1008, which granted the Board the statutory authority to seize student academic records when an institution is closing, and records are in danger of being lost, hidden, destroyed, or otherwise made unavailable. Other legislative initiatives impacting IBHE include Public Act 100-1007, which created the College and Career Interest Task Force to study the feasible methods by which the college or career interest data of a high school student in this state may be collected and shared among public institutions of higher education; and Public Act 100-0767, which created the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center Task Force to study and determine how to address the shortage of behavioral health workers in Illinois; and
* Advanced work on the Illinois Higher Education Information System to track students from school to workforce and provided IBHE data points on student outmigration, enrollment, out-of-school tuition, and progress on the Goal of 60 x 2025.