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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...
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...
Kyle Westbrook, Ph.D. One of the most repeated phrases of the last year is that COVID-19 has laid bare inequities in our society. Those inequities may be news to some but have long been the lived realities of millions of people in the United States and in the state of Illinois. Factors that have become apparent to some (inequitable access to digital resources, the finan...
Dear ILEA Partners, It has been wonderful to see many of your faces on Zoom in February as we conclude our first month of substantial ILEA programming of the new year. While we are grateful for the opportunity provided by virtual events and discussions to continue to engage and move our collective work forward during the pandemic, we miss the oppor...
Lisa Castillo Richmond, PCC Managing Director and Kyle Westbrook, Ph.D., PCC Executive Director | February 18, 2021 This week's budget news represents some cause for relief for higher education — a relatively 'good news' scenario considering the impacts of the pandemic, following increased investments in the sector by way of last year's budget afte...
February 2021 by Tim Anderson - Stateline Midwest This past summer, following the killing of George Floyd, legislators across the country began asking questions about racial justice and disparities in their own states. Among them was Illinois Rep. Carol Ammons, and one of her questions, along with other leaders in her state's Legislative Black Cauc...
Creating an equity-minded culture is hard work and takes a community of champions to bring to fruition. It takes commitment from all corners of a campus to ensure student pathways and organizational structures and institutional policies and teaching and learning practices are designed in ways that support more equitable outcomes. As members of the ...
1. What is your current role/title? I have the pleasure of serving as the Dean of Student Services at Morton College. Recently, celebrated my 13th year anniversary with the college. 2. Where did you earn your degrees and what did you study? Currently, I'm pursuing a Doctorate in Education from DePaul University, earned a Master's degree in Urban Pl...
The Partnership for College Completion (PCC) held its first-ever virtual Winter Equity Institute on February 18-19, 2021, with over 300 staff from 26 institutions in attendance!  The theme of the Winter Equity Institute was Building Bridges Across Student Services to Foster Social Belonging and the event was designed for staff a...
February 2, 2021 Dear Member of Congress: Welcome to the 117th Congress. As 53 organizations working on behalf of students, consumers, veterans, faculty and staff, civil rights advocates, researchers, and others concerned about unaffordable student debts and predatory practices, we are providing an outline of our coalition's higher education priori...
January 31, 2021 By By Robin Steans, April Janney, Mimi Rodman, Kyle Westbrook and Diana Mendley Rauner - The News Gazzette COVID-19 has upended the lives and education of children and young people throughout Illinois. As we enter 2021, we will need new ways of thinking and working to ensure our state's education system emerges from ...
January 19, 2021 By PETER MEDLIN - WNIJ and WNIU Nearly half of Illinois high school grads who enroll full-time at a community college get placed in a developmental education course. That includes 70% of Black students and, of them, only 8% graduate compared to 26% of white students. Those classes cost students tuition money and time, but...

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