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    A Framework for Equity in Illinois


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In conjunction with the public release of Equity Plans from partners of the Illinois Equity in Attainment (ILEA), leaders at ILEA institution Morton College shared their experience developing their plan. Read the full blog here:   Download PDF File Here Learn more about the ILEA Equity Plans here.
In conjunction with the public release of Equity Plans from partners of the Illinois Equity in Attainment (ILEA), leaders Katrina Coakley, Associate Provost for Student Success and Jamar Orr, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, at ILEA institution Roosevelt University center the importance of Equity Plans in working for jus...
July 30, 2020 by KATE MCGEE - WBEZ Faced with a 25% drop in Black enrollment at Illinois' public universities and colleges, a group of university officials, business leaders and advocacy groups are joining together to try to improve outcomes for Black students. The drop in enrollment, as well as declining graduation rates, have come while rate...
​As advocates seeking to support institutions in eliminating racial equity gaps across Illinois colleges and universities, the Partnership for College Completion stands in solidarity with the Black community and their calls for justice. This unprecedented period shows how deeply ingrained racial injustice is within systems intended to serve the pub...
1. What is your current role/title? I currently serve as Vice President, Academic Affairs. 2. Where did you earn your degrees and what did you study? Sociology – BS, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, Clinical Psychology – MA, Argosy University (American School of Professional Psychology) – Washington, DC, Counseling Psychology – Ed.D, Argo...
1. What is your current role/title? I currently serve as Vice President, Academic Affairs. 2. Where did you earn your degrees and what did you study? Sociology – BS, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, Clinical Psychology – MA, Argosy University (American School of Professional Psychology) – Washington, DC, Counseling Psychology – Ed.D, Argo...
July 14, 2020 by KYLE WESTBROOK, PH.D. - Crain's Chicago Business For far too many of our students, and members of our community, the emails that filled our inboxes a month ago affirming the importance of racial equity, rang hollow. With no concrete, bold, and demonstrable action to follow, these messages can easily be filed away in the spam f...
My college journey started at Illinois Central College (ICC), one of Illinois' 48 public community colleges located on a bluff overlooking the Illinois River. My commute from Peoria was 30 minutes by car, 60 by bus which I often had to take. I sometimes worked three jobs to pay for school. I was a scrappy B+ student in high school (HS) and immersed...
To do the work that we do is to sit inside and with full awareness of the enduring and unaddressed legacy of racism and injustice on which this country was founded and that continues to permeate every sector of our democracy, including education. The fight for justice in policing practices, in labor and the workforce, in housing policy, in healthca...
During this difficult time of prolonged mourning, Illinois' higher education system received a bit of good news this week. Despite bleak state revenue forecasts, with some projecting a budget shortfall as great as $7.4 billion in fiscal year 2021, legislators last Sunday passed a budget that maintains level funding for higher education, providing a...
Lisa Castillo Richmond, PCC Managing Director | May 19, 2020 While the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on daily life for people across the globe, it has also brought to light the best of humanity, perhaps especially within higher education. In recent weeks, Illinois colleges and universities have carried on their missions by deploying c...
The Partnership for College Completion (PCC) is pleased to announce May 11-15, 2020 as Illinois Higher Ed Matters Week – highlighting the many ways colleges and universities across the state are serving students and their local, state, and national communities during the COVID-19 crisis. During Illinois Higher Ed Matters Week, institutions are shar...

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