(110 ILCS 220/4)
(from Ch. 144, par. 284)
A program of financial assistance to programs of interinstitutional
cooperation, in higher education is established to implement the policy of
encouraging such cooperation in order to achieve an efficient use of
educational resources, an equitable distribution of educational services,
the development of innovative concepts and applications, and other public
The Board of Higher Education shall administer this program of financial
assistance and shall distribute the funds appropriated by the General
Assembly for this purpose in the form of grants to not-for-profit
corporations organized to administer programs of interinstitutional
cooperation in higher education or to public or nonpublic institutions of
higher education participating in such programs.
In awarding grants to interinstitutional programs under this Act, the
Board shall consider in relation to each such program whether it serves the
public purposes expressed in this Act, whether the local community is
substantially involved, whether its function could be performed better by a
single existing institution, whether the program is consistent with the
Illinois master plan for higher education, and such other criteria as it
determines to be appropriate.
No grant may be awarded under this Section for any program of sectarian
instruction or for any program designed to serve a sectarian purpose.
As a part of its administration of this Act the Board may require
audits or reports in relation to the administrative, fiscal and academic aspects of
any interinstitutional program for which a grant is awarded under this Act.
The Board shall annually submit to the Governor and the General Assembly a
budgetary recommendation for grants under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-244.)