Back

State Higher Ed PoliciesIllinois

Illinois Statutes
Illinois Board of Higher Education
Last Updated: 2014 Legislative Session

ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

Illinois law supports Advanced Placement programs by not only requiring AP teachers to obtain AP training endorsed by the College Board (subject to funding appropriation), but also by providing supports to teachers for courses that lead to AP so as to better enable them to prepare their students for success in AP. Administrators are also to receive professional development so as to create strong AP programs. State and local funding to prepare students for AP is to be targeted to districts with high proportions of low-income students. Information on AP is also to be disseminated to parents, and data on student success in AP are to be collected. The legislation also creates a program to waive AP exam fees for students in some schools. As to dual enrollment, legislation requires that the State Board of Education annually assemble data on the number of high school students enrolled in community colleges, along with the name and number of the courses being taken. Regarding Tech Prep, legislation encourages the establishment of a program of academic credit for Tech Prep work-based learning for secondary school students. The State Board of Education may make grants, subject to appropriations, to school districts to be used for Tech Prep Partnership for Careers programs; school districts must partner with companies. Finally, tax credits are available for taxpayers in the manufacturing sector who participate in Tech Prep programs. (Last updated 2008)

Advanced Placement / Advanced Standing

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 302 - College and Career Success for All Students Act

Tech-Prep/Technical and Vocational Education

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 35 5/209 - Tax Credit for Tech-Prep Youth Vocational Programs
Policy Publications Clearinghouse See Policy Publications Clearinghouse links on this issue

ADULT LEARNERS

Adult education program content and governance are outlined in the "Public Community College Act" (Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110, 805). The state manages a network of providers, programs, and services to provide adult basic education, adult secondary/general education development, English as a second language, and other instruction to prepare adult students for postsecondary education and work. The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) oversees Illinois' Adult Education and Family Literacy programs. In 2009, the ICCB convened the Strategic Planning Task Force to provide initial recommendations for a targeted five-year strategic vision for the state's adult education programs. In 2012, the state released content standards for language arts, mathematics, and English literacy for the adult education program. The ICCB Adult Education Fund is a dedicated fund used by the State Board for operational expenses associated with the administration of adult education and literacy activities and for the payment of costs associated with education and educational-related services to local eligible providers for adult education and literacy. Due to the continued absence of reauthorization of Title II, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, of the federal Workforce Investment Act, the ICCB did not issue an open Request for Proposals for funding from ICCB for state and federal adult education funds for FY2012. (Last updated 2013)

Adult Learners, Financial Assistance

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/10-22.20 - Classes for Adults and Youths Whose Schooling Has Been Interrupted; Conditions for State Reimbursement; Use of Child Care Facilities

Adult Learners, Funding

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 405/3-1 - Apportionment for Adult Education Courses
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/10-22.20 - Classes for Adults and Youths Whose Schooling Has Been Interrupted; Conditions for State Reimbursement; Use of Child Care Facilities
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 805/2-16.06 - ICCB Adult Education Fund

Governance of Adult Education

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/10-22.20b - Director of Adult Education
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 405/2-4 - Area Planning Councils
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 405/3-2 - Agreements by Boards of Education

Military/Veterans Education

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/40 - Higher Education Student Assistance Act: Illinois Veteran Grant Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/45 - Higher Education Student Assistance Act: Illinois National Guard and Naval Militia Grant Program
Policy Publications Clearinghouse See Policy Publications Clearinghouse links on this issue

ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

Illinois has focused on improving articulation and transfer in the state since the late 1980s. The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) developed A.A. and A.S. curricula to be compatible with the general education curricula at the state's four-year institutions. In 1990, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) recommended that the faculties of two- and four-year institutions meet on a regular basis to strengthen articulation and transfer between the two sectors. This collaboration between the Transfer Coordinators of Illinois Colleges and Universities (TCICU) and the ICCB and IBHE led to the creation of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) in 1993. Although voluntary, the initiative allows for improved transfer among all 60 public postsecondary institutions, including 12 universities, 48 community colleges, and 47 private institutions in Illinois. The following year, the state developed a General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) which facilitates transfer between participating colleges and universities provided students complete the appropriate coursework. Each major recommendation included in the core curriculum explicitly encourages community college students to compete an AA or AS degree prior to transfer. The GECC was revised in 2001. Illinois also maintains the "www.iTransfer.org" website for students seeking assistance and information regarding transfer between postsecondary institutions. In addition to IAI guidance, the site offers a course planning tool and "Articulation Advocate" page featuring news and information of interest to Transfer Coordinators throughout the state. When the Public Community College Act was reauthorized in 2005, the Illinois General Assembly included language allowing for the development of articulation policies between the ICCB and four-year institutions in the state. (Last Updated 2011)

Comprehensive Initiative

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 305 - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Law

K-12 / Postsecondary Curriculum Alignment

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 305 - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Law
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 433/1 - Vocational Academies Act: Short Title
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 433/5 - Vocational Academies Act: Purpose

New Delivery Systems to Increase Access to Underserved Populations (Technology, Distance Learning, Learning Centers)

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 20 3921/10, 15, 20 - Illinois Century Network Act

Standards for Admission, Promotion or Graduation

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 670/15-130 - Governors State University Law: Students Called to Active Military Service
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 675/20-135 - Illinois State University Law: Students Called to Active Military Service
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 680/25-130 - Northeastern Illinois University Law: Students Called to Active Military Service
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 685/30-140 - Northern Illinois University Law: Students Called to Active Military Service
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 690/35-135 - Western Illinois University Law: Students Called to Active Military Service
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 805/3-26.5 - Public Community College Act: Students Called to Active Military Service
Policy Publications Clearinghouse See Policy Publications Clearinghouse links on this issue

DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

The Illinois Board of Higher Education does maintain a student unit record database for students enrolled in public institutions, but it is not linked to K-12 student records or other state data systems. The state expects to have this capability in 2010-11. The Illinois Board of Higher Education has adopted a series of performance indicators to help assess how well the state's system of higher education is meeting six major goals. The indicators are a mix of statewide indicators, common institutional indicators, and mission-specific institutional indicators in support of economic growth, partnerships with P-12 education, affordability, access and diversity, high quality, and productivity and accountability. Both the university and state community college systems have adopted performance budgeting and funding systems that provide incentive dollars based on high performance. (Last updated 2008)

Development of Improved Information Systems

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 13/1 - Short Title; P-20 Longitudinal Education Data System Act
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 13/15 - Establishment of the Longitudinal Data System and Data Warehouse
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 13/20 - Collection and Maintenance of Data
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 13/5 - Findings; Declarations
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 205/7 - Board of Higher Education Act - Board Reviewing Existing Programs

Performance Based Measures for K-12

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/10-17a - Better Schools Accountability; School Report Card and Financial Accountability
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/2-3.64 - NAEP Progress Reports

Performance Based Measures for Postsecondary

2011 House Bill 1503 - Performance Based Funding
Policy Publications Clearinghouse See Policy Publications Clearinghouse links on this issue

EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Anti-discrimination

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 205/9.16 - Board of Higher Education Act - Underrepresentation of Certain Groups in Higher Education

Desegregation

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 205/9.16 - Board of Higher Education Act - Underrepresentation of Certain Groups in Higher Education

Efforts to Close Achievement Gaps

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 205/9.16 - Board of Higher Education Act - Underrepresentation of Certain Groups in Higher Education

Legal Issues

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-25 - School Code - School Service Personnel Certificate
Policy Publications Clearinghouse See Policy Publications Clearinghouse links on this issue

FINANCE

The presidents of the four-year institutions recommend resident and nonresident tuition levels to the boards of trustees for approval. Students are considered residents if they have graduated from an Illinois high school and/or have lived in Illinois for 3 years prior to matriculation. Each year, public universities must include as part of an undergraduate student's tuition bill the statement, "For Fiscal Year ___ the General Assembly and the Governor authorized the aggregate amount of ___ to be appropriated from the General Revenue Fund and the Education Assistance Fund for operation of the State's public universities. For Fiscal Year ___ each resident undergraduate full-time public university student received an average tuition subsidy of ___ from the State of Illinois, which was applied to offset the full cost of instruction." Community college districts, by resolution of the boards, set tuition at two-year institutions. The state offers partial tuition waivers to eligible children of employees of public institutions, and full tuition waivers to eligible members of the Illinois National Guard and dependent children and spouses of law enforcement officers, fire fighters and other qualified state personnel killed in the line of duty. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 805/3-45 - Public Community College Act: Community College Tuition
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 805/6-4 - Public Community College Act: Community College Variable Tuition
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 990/3 - Senior Citizens Courses Act: Requiring Fees

Tuition and Fee Waivers

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 205/9.29 - Board of Higher Education Act: Tuition and Fee Waiver Report
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 305/7f - University of Illinois Act: Partial Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 305/7g - University of Illinois Act: Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 305/7h - University of Illinois Act: Tuition and Fee Waiver Report
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 40/5 - Educational Partnership Act: Tuition Waiver for Students Furnishing Tutoring Services
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 505/8 - Southern Illinois University Name Change Act
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 520/8f - Southern Illinois University Management Act: Partial Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 520/8g - Southern Illinois University Management Act: Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 520/8h - Southern Illinois University Management Act: Tuition and Fee Waiver Report
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 660/5-90 - Chicago State University Law: Partial Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 660/5-91 - Chicago State University Law: Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 660/5-93 - Chicago State University Law: Tuition and Fee Waiver Report
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 665/10-90 - Eastern Illinois University Law: Partial Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 665/10-91 - Eastern Illinois University Law: Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 665/10-92 - Eastern Illinois University Law -Tuition waiver limitation pilot program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 665/10-93 - Eastern Illinois University Law: Tuition and Fee Waiver Report
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 670/15-90 - Governors State University Law: Partial Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 670/15-91 - Governors State University Law: Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 670/15-93 - Governors State University Law: Tuition and Fee Waiver Report
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 675/20-90 - Illinois State University Law: Partial Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 675/20-91 - Illinois State University Law: Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 675/20-93 - Illinois State University Law: Tuition and Fee Waiver Report
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 680/25-90 - Northeastern Illinois University Law: Partial Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 680/25-91 - Northeastern Illinois University Law: Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 680/25-93 - Northeastern Illinois University Law: Tuition and Fee Waiver Report
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 685/30-90 - Northern Illinois University Law: Partial Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 685/30-91 - Northern Illinois University Law: Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 685/30-93 - Northern Illinois University Law: Tuition and Fee Waiver Report
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 690/35-90 - Western Illinois University Law: Partial Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 690/35-91 - Western Illinois University Law: Tuition Waivers
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 690/35-93 - Western Illinois University Law: Tuition and Fee Waiver Report
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/40 - Higher Education Student Assistance Act: Illinois Veteran Grant Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/45 - Higher Education Student Assistance Act: Illinois National Guard and Naval Militia Grant Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 990/2 - Senior Citizens Courses Act

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 205/8 - Board of Higher Education Act - Board Review and Analysis of Budgets, Allocation of Resources
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 305/25 - Limitation on Tuition Increase
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 63/10 - Public University Tuition Statement Act: Definition
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 63/15 - Public University Tuition Statement Act: Tuition Statements
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 63/5 - Public University Tuition Statement Act
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 63/99 - Public University Tuition Statement Act: Effective Date
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 805/6-4 - Public Community College Act: Community College Variable Tuition

Tuition Policies Related to Undocumented Students

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 305/7e-5 - University of Illinois Act: In-state Tuition Charge
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 520/8d-5 - Southern Illinois University Management Act: In-state Tuition Charge
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 660/5-88 - Chicago State University Law: In-state Tuition Charge
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 665/10-88 - Eastern Illinois University Law: In-state Tuition Charge
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 670/15-88 - Governors State University Law: In-state Tuition Charge
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 675/20-88 - Illinois State University Law: In-state Tuition Charge
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 680/25-88 - Northeastern Illinois University Law: In-state Tuition Charge
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 685/30-88 - Northern Illinois University Law: In-state Tuition Charge
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 690/35-88 - Western Illinois University Law: In-state Tuition Charge
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 805/6-4a - Public Community College Act: In-state Tuition Charge
Policy Publications Clearinghouse See Policy Publications Clearinghouse links on this issue

STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), via collegezone.com, serves as a one-stop financial aid center in Illinois, offering a comprehensive array of programs and services to students at every stage of the financial aid process. ISAC administers most of the key state and federal grant, scholarship, loan and pre-paid tuition programs available to postsecondary students in Illinois, including the need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP). ISAC also administers the Illinois Incentive for Access, a need-based program targeting additional aid to entering freshman with zero EFC (expected family contribution), and a variety of other student aid programs, including bonus and matching programs, that provide assistance to students based on academic performance, participation in the armed forces, intention to pursue a career in teaching, or other criteria. For the 2005-2006 academic year, Illinois awarded 355,417 million for need-based aid and 27,693 million for non-need-based aid. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Comprehensive Initiative

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110, 947/25 - State Scholar Program

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/30-14.1 - Scholarships for Needy Students in Families Receiving Public Assistance- Number-Selection-Privileges
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/30-14.2 - MIA/POW Scholarships
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/30-6 - County Scholarships
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 205/9.29 - Tuition Waiver Report
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 210 - Illinois Financial Assistance Act for Nonpublic Institutions of Higher Learning
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/35 - Monetary Award Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/36 - Silas Purnell Illinois Incentive for Access Grant Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/37 - Higher Education License Plate Grant Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/38 - Monetary Award Program Accountability
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/39 - Monetary Award Program Plus
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/55 - Police Officer or Fire Officer Survivor Grant
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/60 - Grants for Dependents of Department of Corrections Employees Killed or Permanently Disabled in the Line of Duty
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/65 - Student to Student Grant Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/65.05 - Traineeship and Fellowship Program; Training of Professional Personnel
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/65.10 - Fellowship Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/65.55 - Consolidation of Scholarship, Fellowship and Traineeship Programs
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/65.60 - Administration of Federal Scholarship Programs
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/65.75 - Grant for a Person Raised by a Grandparent
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/67 - The Higher Education Student Assistance Act - Illinois DREAM Fund Commission
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/70 - Administration of Scholarship and Grant Programs
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 975/2 - The Nursing Education Scholarship Law: Legislative Finding and Declaration of Policy
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 20 1305/10-50 - Illinois Steps for Attaining Higher Education through Academic Development Program Established
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 20 2705/2705-587 - Department of Transportation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois - Diversity in Engineering Scholarship Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 225 65/20-40 - The Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act: Fund
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 30 105/8h - State Finance Act: Transfers to General Revenue Fund
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 305 5/9A-15 - College Education Assistance; Pilot Program

Targeted Scholarships for Low-Income Students

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/30-14.1 - Scholarships for Needy Students in Families Receiving Public Assistance- Number-Selection-Privileges
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/67 - The Higher Education Student Assistance Act - Illinois DREAM Fund Commission
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 20 2705/2705-587 - Department of Transportation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois - Diversity in Engineering Scholarship Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 305 5/9A-15 - College Education Assistance; Pilot Program

Tuition Savings Plan

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 920 - Baccalaureate Savings Act
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 979/45 - Prepaid Tuition Act: Contracts
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 15 505/16.5 - College Savings Pool - Tax Deduction
Policy Publications Clearinghouse See Policy Publications Clearinghouse links on this issue

TEACHING QUALITY

Over the past decade, Illinois has enacted numerous policies in an effort to recruit and retain teachers in hard-to-staff schools and subjects. The state has implemented the Teach Illinois Scholarship Program to attract teachers to areas of identified shortages for at least 5 years. Illinois also offers the Teacher Homebuyer Act to provide down payment assistance to public school teachers who teach in hard-to-staff schools or subjects for a home within the school district. The Grow Our Own Teacher Education Act was enacted in 2004 to attract local parents and community members who might not otherwise be eligible to teach through other alternative certification paths to classrooms in hard-to-staff areas. Local school districts partner with teacher preparation programs to prepare and license local community members to teach in the community. To retain both beginning and veteran teachers, the state now required induction and mentoring for all new teachers and has directed local school boards with an overall shortage of highly qualified teachers to must spend at least 40 percent of Title II dollars on professional development for teachers until there is no longer a teacher shortage. (Last updated 2008)

Compensation

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-29 - Salary Incentive Program for Hard to Staff Schools

Financial Incentives (Scholarships, Loans, Grants)

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-27 - The Illinois Teaching Excellence Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 922/1 - Child Development Teacher Scholarship Act
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 110 947/65.56 - Illinois Teachers and Child Care Providers Loan Repayment Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 30 105/5.562 - Future Teacher Scholarships; The Illinois Future Teacher Corps Scholarship Fund

Licensure and Certification

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-11.3 - Resident Teacher Certificates Changes
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-1a - Tests Required for Certification and Teacher Preparation
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-26 - Teacher Education Trend and Certification Studies
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-5c - Alternative Route to Teacher Certification

Mentoring and Teacher Induction Programs

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-27 - The Illinois Teaching Excellence Program
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-5c - Alternative Route to Teacher Certification

Professional Development

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/24-3 - Attendance at Teachers' Institute
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/3-11 - Institutes or Inservice Training Workshops

Recruitment

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-29 - Salary Incentive Program for Hard to Staff Schools

Supply and Demand Strategies

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/10-22.34 - Part-Time Employment of Teaching Interns
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-26 - Teacher Education Trend and Certification Studies
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-29 - Salary Incentive Program for Hard to Staff Schools
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-5c - Alternative Route to Teacher Certification
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/3-14.25 - Posting of Teacher Vacancies

Teacher Mobility (Portability-Reciprocity)

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-26 - Teacher Education Trend and Certification Studies

Teacher Preparation

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-26 - Teacher Education Trend and Certification Studies
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 105 5/21-2a - Required Instruction for All Teachers
Policy Publications Clearinghouse See Policy Publications Clearinghouse links on this issue