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    A Framework for Equity in Illinois


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January 13, 2021 By IBHE - My Radio Link SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Board of Higher Education is announcing the members of its Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, which will develop a draft plan to fulfill the board's which will lay out a set of strategies to achieve the board's vision and priorities. The plan aims to create an equitab...
Partnership for College Completion  |  January 12, 2021 Systemic racism underlies both the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and our history of police violence against Black people in the United States. These dual crises collided last year, creating a wave of civil unrest across the country and spurring the ...
January 11, 2021 by By Peter Hancock - Capitol News Illinois Source: https://www.starcourier.com/story/news/2021/01/11/higher-education-reform-bill-unveiled-aims-racial-equity-through-scholarships-program-reforms/6627073002/ This report was also featured on WGLT News.
While the $23 billion will provide some relief, the state must still adequately and equitably fund colleges, particularly more financially vulnerable institutions. Mike Abrahamson, Policy Manager | January 6, 2021 There are many positive aspects of the federal stimulus package and budget, passed and signed over the holidays. The coupled bills ...
Joe Saucedo, PCC Equity Program Manager  and Jonathan Lopez, PCC Communications and Operations Manager | December 9, 2020 The term Hispanic has a complicated history. In fact, there is quite a lot of variance in terms of who identifies with the term depending on your geographic location in the country. In 1973, the federal government crea...
Jonathan Lopez, Communications and Operations Manager | December 9, 2020Jonathan is an alum of two Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).  Achieving my dream of a college degree took a lot of work and perseverance. As a young undocumented immigrant in 2006, I graduated high school with the expectation that I would not be able to attend col...
Dear ILEA Partners, It has been wonderful to see your faces onscreen at our virtual events this fall. Thank you for continuing to prioritize the equity work on your campuses in ways that will strengthen your institutions economically and academically, as places of excellence in which to study, work, and grow. The year 2020 has been a year of consid...
With the failure of the fair tax amendment on Illinois ballots this fall, there are fewer options on the table to begin closing Illinois' budget hole and adequately fund services essential to our state economy including higher education. The possible reform of Illinois' longstanding flat tax system couldn't have been more timely as the state contin...
December 2, 2020 by PETER MEDLIN - NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS A new report reflects on the long-term cost of cutting education funding during past recessions and how Illinois can learn from those mistakes during the COVID recession. The Partnership for College Completion argues that recessions are a rare opportunity to make college access and cost mor...
November 28, 2020 by ELYSSA CHERNEY - Chicago Tribune When Ximena Castillo needs to focus on her college coursework, she walks down the hall from her basement apartment in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood and settles into her new study spot: the laundry room. No one bothers her there. It's quiet and the temperature is comfortable — until, that is, ...
1. What is your current role/title? I serve as Associate Provost for Academic Innovation and Strategic Initiatives. 2. Where did you earn your degrees and what did you study? BA (Political Science), Reed College  AM (Political Science), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign  PhD (Political Science), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champ...
The fourth ILEA Summit, held October 21-23, 2020, was our first-ever virtual summit, and was unequivocally a success! Over 350 faculty, staff, administrators from your institutions attended the summit, themed Engaging Faculty Champions in Equity Work. The summit kicked-off with a video welcome from Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, fo...

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