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    A Framework for Equity in Illinois


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The Partnership for College Completion (PCC) is pleased to see the result of the Illinois Board of Higher Education's (IBHE) very broad-based engagement with stakeholders around the state to ensure that many perspectives informed the development of its new strategic plan. Driven by goals for greater equity, sustainability, and growth, the plan refl...
June 21, 2021 By PETER MEDLIN - WNIJ and WNIU Illinois K-12 education Evidence-Based Funding takes 27 key elements like the number of nurses or low-income students a school has and calculates an adequacy target for each district. Higher-ed institutions in the state have no defined funding formula. A recently passed bill looks to completel...
Kyle Westbrook, Ph.D. Perhaps James Baldwin's most-quoted saying is that "not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed if it is not faced." Explicit in this quote is a call for courage. Implicit in this quote, given the context within which it was written, the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, is a call upon the nation to reckon with it...
IL State Rep. Katie Stuart Representative Katie Stuart of Edwardsville, a former elementary and high school math teacher and Southern Illinois University math instructor, was appointed this year to the role of chair of the House Higher Education Committee, taking over for Leader Carol Ammons. Representative Stuart, a Democrat who has served in the legislature since 2017, rep...
In this NewsletterED Letter | Snapshot of Federal Policy | Snapshot of Illinois Policy | State Policy We're WatchingGet to Know Illinois' Leaders | ILEA Happenings | Upcoming Events | Take Action | Special Thanks Letter from the Executive Director Taken together, SB 815 and HB 3438 mark important steps towards facing and changing the things th...
Senator Kimberly A. Lightford Representative Carol Ammons Chicago, IL - June 1, 2021 Last night the General Assembly took a critical step towards equitable higher education funding by passing SB815, a bill creating the Commission on Equitable Public University Funding. This bill builds on the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus' landmark education bill that passed earlier this year during January's lame duc...
1. What is your current role/title?I serve as the Executive Director of Strategy and Operations within the Undergraduate College at National Louis University. 2. Where did you earn your degrees and what did you study?I have earned a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Washington Univ...
Dear ILEA Partners, In a really difficult year, what has kept us going at PCC is the tireless work being done by all of you across the ILEA network. You have shown incredible resilience as institutions, as leaders, as educators. You have also demonstrated deep commitment to students and your institutional missions. This is apparent in how you ...
May 5, 2021 By Elyssa Cherney - CHICAGO TRIBUNE Enrollment declines at Illinois colleges and universities continue to outpace other states, with community colleges shouldering the brunt of the losses, as the coronavirus pandemic looms over another school year, according to new national and state data. The state's community colleges saw enrollment p...
March 22, 2021 By Elyssa Cherney - CHICAGO TRIBUNE Nearly half of all undergraduate applicants declined to submit ACT or SAT scores to Illinois' largest university during the pandemic-altered admissions cycle — the first time in decades that students could choose whether to share results from the high-stakes exams. Now, the University of Illinois a...
In this NewsletterED Letter | Snapshot of Federal Policy | Snapshot of Illinois Policy | Other States' Bills We're TrackingGet to Know Illinois' Leaders | ILEA Happenings | Upcoming Events | Take Action  Letter from the Executive Director One of the most repeated phrases of the last year is that COVID-19 has laid bare inequities in our society...
IL State Sen. Scott Bennett Senator Scott Bennett of Champaign, a longtime advocate for equity in higher education, was appointed this year to the role of chair of the Senate HIgher Education Committee. Senator Bennett, a Democrat who has served in the legislature since 2015, represents an area that includes University of Illinois, Parkland College, and Danville Area Communit...

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