A Blueprint for the Future of Illinois
What it is: The Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success is a planning blueprint for the State of Illinois to direct state policies and resources to the higher education and career needs of Illinois residents and to address the current and future economic needs of the state.
What it is not: The Public Agenda is not a plan for higher education institutions or the various sectors within the higher education system, including community colleges, public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit private institutions.
Background: The Illinois Board of Higher Education has the statutory responsibility for master planning, as stated in the IBHE enabling act:
The Board shall analyze the present and future aims, needs and requirements of higher education in the State of Illinois and prepare a master plan for the development, expansion, integration, coordination and efficient utilization of the facilities, curricula and standards of higher education for public institutions of higher education in the areas of teaching, research and public service.
In its spring 2007 session, the General Assembly approved House Joint Resolution 69, directing the Board of Higher Education to develop a Public Agenda for higher education through a broad-based task force “to study the challenges and opportunities facing higher education, the State’s workforce needs, demographic trends, and higher education funding and student financial aid.” The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), a nonprofit public policy research center based in Boulder, Colorado, provided counsel, research, and technical assistance for the planning process.
Purpose: The purpose of the planning initiative was to develop an action agenda, based on quantifiable evidence, for institutions, state education agencies, and the Governor and General Assembly to address the education, workforce, social, and economic needs of the State by setting priorities, developing policies, and allocating resources.
On November 21, 2008, the Task Force unanimously endorsed the Public Agenda. On December 9, 2008, the Illinois Board of Higher Education voted unanimously to approve the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success.
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