Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Underrepresented Groups in Academia Task Force within the Board of Higher Education to examine strategies to grow underrepresented groups in institutions of higher education and to ascertain the viability of increasing the number of laboratory schools in the State and creating State-owned and operated trade schools.
Fiscal Note (Illinois Board of Higher Education)
According to House Joint Resolution 2, members of the Underrepresented Groups in Academia Task Force shall serve without compensation. Although some costs might be incurred to the Illinois Board of Higher Education in order to provide support for the Task Force, such costs would most likely be minimal. Expanding services and programs for underrepresented students can provide opportunities for a more marketable skill set that lends itself to enhancing the growth and economic viability of the State of Illinois. The Illinois Board of Higher Education has also been in discussions about developing a conference specifically focused on assisting underrepresented student populations at both public and private institutions. The Underrepresented Groups in Academia Task Force could help to promote this cause as well and/or connect its work to such a forum.
State Debt Impact Note (Government Forecasting & Accountability)
This legislation would not change the amount of authorization for any type of State-issued or State-supported bond, and, therefore, would not affect the level of State indebtedness.