Bill Text: IL SJR0041 | 2019-2020 | 101st General Assembly | Engrossed

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Bill Title: Directs the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Board of Higher Education to establish a joint advisory council to study how Illinois can maximize the number of students completing credit-bearing certificate programs and two-year or four-year degree programs and enter into high-skill, high-wage occupations and to develop a plan to increase those numbers.

Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 18-1)

Status: (Passed) 2019-05-31 - Adopted Both Houses [SJR0041 Detail]

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(As Amended by Senate Amendment No. 1)
3 WHEREAS, The State has a vested interest in maximizing the
4number of students who complete credit-bearing certificate
5programs and two-year or four-year degree programs and enter
6into high-skill, high-wage occupations; and
7 WHEREAS, 46% of Illinois high school graduates who enroll
8in community college are placed into developmental coursework
9in at least one subject; and
10 WHEREAS, Inconsistent and inadequate approaches to
11placement have resulted in too many students being placed into
12developmental education who could succeed in college-level
13coursework; and
14 WHEREAS, The traditional developmental education model
15costs students time, money, and financial aid; and
16 WHEREAS, Developmental education does not count as college
17credit and can be a barrier to retention, persistence,
18transfer, and certificate or degree completion, particularly
19for Black, Latino, first generation, and low-income students;

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1 WHEREAS, There are instructional models of developmental
2education that have demonstrated improvement in college-level
3course completion compared to traditional models, including
4but not limited to corequisite remediation, accelerated
5coursework, emporium models, and Preparatory Mathematics for
6General Education (PMGE); and
7 WHEREAS, Colleges and universities have invested
8significant time, resources, and money into these different
9developmental education models; and
10 WHEREAS, The legislature has made significant investments
11to improve college preparedness; and
12 WHEREAS, The Illinois Council of Community College
13Presidents, the Illinois Chief Academic Officers, the Illinois
14Chief Student Services Officers, and the Illinois Math
15Association of Community Colleges have already agreed upon a
16common, multiple measures framework for placement that is
17currently being implemented; and
18 WHEREAS, To ensure all models of developmental education
19are maximizing students' likelihood of success, the State must
20inventory and evaluate all developmental education
21instructional models offered in the State; and

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1 WHEREAS, The Illinois Community College Board and Illinois
2Board of Higher Education are well positioned to improve
3placement practices and fully scale developmental education
4reforms across all State public institutions; therefore, be it
7CONCURRING HEREIN, that the Illinois Community College Board
8(ICCB) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) shall
9establish a joint advisory council to provide a benchmarking
10report to the General Assembly on or before April 1, 2020, that
11shall include:
12 (1) An inventory of all instructional models and
13 developmental course sequences employed by Illinois'
14 public colleges and universities for students placed into
15 developmental education or otherwise determined to need
16 additional skills development in math or English;
17 (2) An analysis of all instructional models employed by
18 Illinois' public colleges and universities for students
19 placed into developmental education or otherwise
20 determined to need additional skills development in math or
21 English, including, at a minimum, the number and percentage
22 of students completing gateway courses within their first
23 two semesters under each model; and
24 (3) An inventory and analysis of developmental
25 education placement practices and policies (including cut

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1 off scores) employed at all public colleges and
2 universities in the State; and be it further
3 RESOLVED, That on or before July 1, 2020, the advisory
4council must deliver to ICCB, IBHE, and the General Assembly, a
5detailed plan for scaling developmental education reforms,
6such that institutions improve developmental education
7placement measures and such that, within a timeframe to be set
8by the advisory council, all students who are placed in
9developmental education are enrolled in a developmental
10education model that is proven to maximize their likelihood of
11completing a college-level course within their first two
12academic semesters; and be it further
13 RESOLVED, That for the purposes of this resolution,
14"improved placement measures" is defined as measures that give
15greater opportunities to enroll directly into college-level
16classes, reducing the overall percent of students placed into
17developmental education, preferably through decreased reliance
18on high-stakes tests and increased use of high school GPA as a
19determining measure; and be it further
20 RESOLVED, The implementation plan should include specific
21benchmarks and an estimate of funding required to meet
22established benchmarks that institutions must meet to stay on
23track to full-scale implementation on the timeframe set by the

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1advisory council; and be it further
2 RESOLVED, That the advisory council should include similar
3representation from two-year and four-year institutions and,
4at a minimum, include the following:
5 (1) One member representing ICCB to act as chair of the
6 council;
7 (2) One member representing IBHE to act as co-chair of
8 the council;
9 (3) One member from the Illinois Senate to act as
10 co-chair of the council;
11 (4) One member from the Illinois House of
12 Representatives;
13 (5) Two public university employees recommended by the
14 IBHE Academic Leadership group;
15 (6) One public university employee recommended by a
16 statewide organization representing public university
17 employees;
18 (7) A community college employee recommended by a
19 statewide organization representing the City Colleges of
20 Chicago;
21 (8) A community college employee recommended by a
22 statewide organization representing a suburban Chicago
23 community college;
24 (9) A community college employee recommended by a
25 statewide organization representing a downstate community

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1 college;
2 (10) One member representing a higher education
3 advocacy organization focused on closing equity gaps in
4 college completion from low-income and first generation
5 college students, and students of color;
6 (11) One member representing a statewide advocacy
7 organization focused on improving educational and
8 employment opportunities for women and adults;
9 (12) One member representing each of the following
10 entities:
11 (a) Illinois Council of Community College
12 Presidents (ICCCP) appointed by ICCCP;
13 (b) Illinois public university presidents
14 appointed by IBHE;
15 (c) Illinois Community College Chief Academic
16 Officers (ICCCAO) appointed by ICCCAO;
17 (d) Illinois Community College Student Services
18 Officers (ICCCSSO) appointed by ICCCSSO;
19 (e) Illinois public university student services
20 administrators appointed by IBHE;
21 (f) Illinois public university provosts appointed
22 by IBHE;
23 (g) Illinois Community College Trustee Association
24 (ICCTA) appointed by ICCTA;
25 (h) Illinois public university trustees appointed
26 by IBHE; and

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1 (13) One member to be appointed by the Governor; and be
2 it further
3 RESOLVED, That, of the appointed community college and
4university employees, at least one must be an English faculty
5member participating in the Illinois Articulation Initiative
6and one must be a member of the Illinois Mathematics
7Association of Community Colleges (IMACC); and be it further
8 RESOLVED, That the chairs of the advisory council shall be
9responsible for scheduling meetings, setting meeting agendas,
10ensuring the development and delivery of the final report and
11implementation plan, and other administrative tasks, in
12consultation with advisory council members; and be it further
13 RESOLVED, The Council shall produce a final report by
14January 1, 2021 and upon the filing of this report is
15dissolved; the report should include, at a minimum, an update
16on the implementation of corequisite remediation and
17alternative evidence-based developmental education models at
18every college and university, and include data on enrollment
19and throughput, defined as the percent of students initially
20enrolled who have progressed through gateway-level courses, by
21institution and disaggregated by race, ethnicity, gender, and
22Pell status; and be it further

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1 RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
2delivered to the ICCB and IBHE.