(110 ILCS 805/2-12)
(from Ch. 122, par. 102-12)
The State Board shall have the power and it shall be its duty:
(a) To provide statewide planning for community
colleges as institutions of higher education and to coordinate the programs, services and activities of all community colleges in the State so as to encourage and establish a system of locally initiated and administered comprehensive community colleges.
(b) To organize and conduct feasibility surveys for
new community colleges or for the inclusion of existing institutions as community colleges and the locating of new institutions.
(c-5) In collaboration with the community colleges,
to furnish information for State and federal accountability purposes, promote student and institutional improvement, and meet research needs.
(d) To cooperate with the community colleges in
collecting and maintaining student characteristics, enrollment and completion data, faculty and staff characteristics, financial data, admission standards, qualification and certification of facilities, and any other issues facing community colleges.
(e) To enter into contracts with other governmental
agencies and eligible providers, such as local educational agencies, community-based organizations of demonstrated effectiveness, volunteer literacy organizations of demonstrated effectiveness, institutions of higher education, public and private nonprofit agencies, libraries, and public housing authorities; to accept federal funds and to plan with other State agencies when appropriate for the allocation of such federal funds for instructional programs and student services including such funds for adult education and literacy, vocational and career and technical education, and retraining as may be allocated by state and federal agencies for the aid of community colleges. To receive, receipt for, hold in trust, expend and administer, for all purposes of this Act, funds and other aid made available by the federal government or by other agencies public or private, subject to appropriation by the General Assembly. The changes to this subdivision (e) made by Public Act 91-830 apply on and after July 1, 2001.
(f) To determine efficient and adequate standards for
community colleges for the physical plant, heating, lighting, ventilation, sanitation, safety, equipment and supplies, instruction and teaching, curriculum, library, operation, maintenance, administration and supervision, and to grant recognition certificates to community colleges meeting such standards.
(g) To determine the standards for establishment of
community colleges and the proper location of the site in relation to existing institutions of higher education offering academic, occupational and technical training curricula, possible enrollment, assessed valuation, industrial, business, agricultural, and other conditions reflecting educational needs in the area to be served; however, no community college may be considered as being recognized nor may the establishment of any community college be authorized in any district which shall be deemed inadequate for the maintenance, in accordance with the desirable standards thus determined, of a community college offering the basic subjects of general education and suitable vocational and semiprofessional and technical curricula.
(h) To approve or disapprove new units of
instruction, research or public service as defined in Section 3-25.1 of this Act submitted by the boards of trustees of the respective community college districts of this State. The State Board may discontinue programs which fail to reflect the educational needs of the area being served. The community college district shall be granted 60 days following the State Board staff recommendation and prior to the State Board's action to respond to concerns regarding the program in question. If the State Board acts to abolish a community college program, the community college district has a right to appeal the decision in accordance with administrative rules promulgated by the State Board under the provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
(i) To review and approve or disapprove any contract
or agreement that community colleges enter into with any organization, association, educational institution, or government agency to provide educational services for academic credit. The State Board is authorized to monitor performance under any contract or agreement that is approved by the State Board. If the State Board does not approve a particular contract or agreement, the community college district has a right to appeal the decision in accordance with administrative rules promulgated by the State Board under the provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Nothing in this subdivision (i) shall be interpreted as applying to collective bargaining agreements with any labor organization.
(j) To establish guidelines regarding sabbatical
(k) To establish guidelines for the admission into
special, appropriate programs conducted or created by community colleges for elementary and secondary school dropouts who have received truant status from the school districts of this State in compliance with Section 26-14 of the School Code.
(n) To create and participate in the conduct and
operation of any corporation, joint venture, partnership, association, or other organizational entity that has the power: (i) to acquire land, buildings, and other capital equipment for the use and benefit of the community colleges or their students; (ii) to accept gifts and make grants for the use and benefit of the community colleges or their students; (iii) to aid in the instruction and education of students of community colleges; and (iv) to promote activities to acquaint members of the community with the facilities of the various community colleges.
(o) To ensure the effective teaching of adult
learners and to prepare them for success in employment and lifelong learning by administering a network of providers, programs, and services to provide classes for the instruction of those individuals who (i) are 16 years of age or older, are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in a secondary school under State law, and are basic-skills deficient, (ii) do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent and have not achieved an equivalent level of education, or (iii) are an English language learner. Classes in adult education may include adult basic education, adult secondary and high school equivalency testing education, high school credit, literacy, English language acquisition, integrated education and training in coordination with vocational skills training, and any other instruction designed to prepare adult students to function successfully in society and to experience success in postsecondary education and employment.
(p) To supervise the administration of adult
education and literacy programs, to establish the standards for such courses of instruction and supervise the administration thereof, to contract with other State and local agencies and eligible providers of demonstrated effectiveness, such as local educational agencies, community-based organizations, volunteer literacy organizations, institutions of higher education, public and private nonprofit agencies, libraries, public housing authorities, and nonprofit institutions for the purpose of promoting and establishing classes for instruction under these programs, to contract with other State and local agencies to accept and expend appropriations for educational purposes to reimburse local eligible providers for the cost of these programs, and to establish an advisory council consisting of all categories of eligible providers; agency partners, such as the State Board of Education, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Employment Security, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the Secretary of State literacy program; and other stakeholders to identify, deliberate, and make recommendations to the State Board on adult education policy and priorities. The State Board shall support statewide geographic distribution; diversity of eligible providers; and the adequacy, stability, and predictability of funding so as not to disrupt or diminish, but rather to enhance, adult education and literacy services.
(Source: P.A. 100-884, eff. 1-1-19; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-289, eff. 8-9-19.)
(110 ILCS 805/2-12.5)
Classes for adults and youths whose schooling has been interrupted.
(a) The State Board shall reimburse adult education providers from funds appropriated for approved expenses that are established and determined by the State Board in compliance with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other State and federal requirements. The State Board shall establish standards to determine the cost of instruction, including any other authorized incidental costs, which shall serve as the basis of State reimbursement in accordance with the provisions of this Section. In the approval of programs and the determination of the cost of instruction, the State Board shall provide for the maximum utilization of federal and State funds for those programs. The State Board shall also provide for:
(1) the development of an index of need for program
planning and for area funding allocations, as defined by the State Board;
(2) the method for calculating hours
of instruction, as defined by the State Board, claimable for reimbursement and a method to phase in the calculation and for adjusting the calculations in cases in which the services of a program are interrupted due to circumstances beyond the control of the program provider;
(3) a plan for the reallocation of funds to
increase the amount allocated for grants based upon program performance; and
(4) the development of standards, programs, and
guidelines consistent with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
(b) For adult education instruction as listed under subdivision (o) of Section 2-12, the maximum generation rate for reimbursement per credit hour or per unit of instruction shall be equal to the community college system reimbursement rate for adult education divided by one-third.
(c) Upon its annual approval, the State Board shall provide grants to eligible programs for activities to improve or expand services under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title II - Adult Education and Literacy. Eligible programs shall be determined based upon competitive processes and based on federal and State program considerations, as set by the State Board.
(d) Reimbursement under this Section may not exceed the actual costs of the approved program. Approved programs may assess students, except those students receiving public aid under the Illinois Public Aid Code, up to $6.00 per credit hour or unit of instruction, not to exceed $30.00 per semester per student, if needed to meet program costs.
(e) An education plan shall be established for each adult learner who is participating in the instructional programs provided under this Section.
(f) Each adult education provider shall keep an accurate and detailed account of the students assigned to and receiving instruction under this Section who are enrolled in classroom instruction. Each adult education provider shall submit reports of services provided as required by the State Board.
(g) For classes authorized under this Section, a credit hour or unit of instruction is equal to 15 hours of direct instruction for students enrolled in approved adult education programs at midterm and making satisfactory progress, in accordance with standards established by the State Board.
(h) If an approved adult education provider fails to provide or is providing unsatisfactory or insufficient classes under Section 2-12 and this Section, the State Board may enter into agreements with other eligible providers.
(Source: P.A. 101-289, eff. 8-9-19.)
(110 ILCS 805/2-15)
(from Ch. 122, par. 102-15)
The State Board shall grant recognition to
community colleges which
maintain equipment, courses of study, standards of scholarship and other
requirements set by the State Board. Application for recognition shall be
made to the State Board. The State Board shall set the criteria by which
the community colleges shall be judged and through the executive officer of
the State Board shall arrange for an official evaluation of the community
colleges and shall grant recognition of such community colleges as may meet
the required standards.
Recognition shall include a review of compliance with Section 3-65 of this Act and other applicable State and federal laws regarding employment contracts and compensation. Annually, the State Board shall convene an advisory committee to review the findings and make recommendations for changes or additions to the laws or the review procedures.
If a community college district fails to meet the recognition standards
set by the State Board, and if the district, in accordance with: (a) generally accepted Government
Auditing Standards issued by the
Comptroller General of the United States, (b) auditing standards established by
the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, or (c) other applicable
State and federal standards, is found by the district's auditor or the State
Board working in cooperation with the district's auditor to have material
deficiencies in the
design or operation of financial control structures that
could adversely affect the district's financial integrity and stability, or is
found to have misused State or federal funds and jeopardized
its participation in State or federal programs, the State Board may,
notwithstanding any laws to the contrary, implement one or more of the
following emergency powers:
(1) To direct the district to develop and implement a
plan that addresses the budgetary, programmatic, and other relevant factors contributing to the need to implement emergency measures. The State Board shall assist in the development and shall have final approval of the plan.
(2) To direct the district to contract for
educational services in accordance with Section 3-40. The State Board shall assist in the development and shall have final approval of any such contractual agreements.
(3) To approve and require revisions of the
(4) To appoint a Financial Administrator to exercise
oversight and control over the district's budget. The Financial Administrator shall serve at the pleasure of the State Board and may be an individual, partnership, corporation, including an accounting firm, or other entity determined by the State Board to be qualified to serve, and shall be entitled to compensation. Such compensation shall be provided through specific appropriations made to the State Board for that express purpose.
(5) To develop and implement a plan providing for the
dissolution or reorganization of the district if in the judgment of the State Board the circumstances so require.
(Source: P.A. 99-691, eff. 1-1-17; 100-884, eff. 1-1-19
(110 ILCS 805/2-16.02)
(from Ch. 122, par. 102-16.02)
Any community college district that maintains a
community college recognized by the State Board shall receive, when eligible,
grants enumerated in this Section. Funded semester credit hours or other
measures or both as specified by the State Board shall be used to distribute
grants to community colleges. Funded semester credit hours shall be defined,
for purposes of this Section, as the greater of
(1) the number of semester credit hours, or equivalent, in all funded
instructional categories of students who have been certified as being in
attendance at midterm during the respective terms of the base fiscal year or
(2) the average of semester credit hours, or equivalent, in all funded
instructional categories of students who have been certified as being in
attendance at midterm during the respective terms of the base fiscal year and
the 2 prior fiscal years. For purposes of this Section, "base fiscal year"
means the fiscal year 2 years prior to the fiscal year for which the grants are
appropriated. Such students shall have been residents of Illinois and shall
have been enrolled in courses that are part of instructional program categories
approved by the State Board and that are applicable toward an associate degree
Courses that are eligible for reimbursement are those courses for which
the district pays 50% or more of the program costs from unrestricted
revenue sources, with the exception of dual credit courses and courses offered by contract with
the Department of Corrections in correctional institutions. For the
purposes of this Section, "unrestricted revenue sources" means those
revenues in which the provider of the revenue imposes no financial
limitations upon the district as it relates to the expenditure of the funds. Except for Fiscal Year 2012, base operating grants shall be paid based on rates per funded
semester credit hour or equivalent calculated by the State Board for funded
instructional categories using cost of instruction, enrollment, inflation, and
other relevant factors. For Fiscal Year 2012, the allocations for base operating grants to community college districts shall be the same as they were in Fiscal Year 2011, reduced or increased proportionately according to the appropriation for base operating grants for Fiscal Year 2012.
Equalization grants shall be calculated by the State Board by determining a
local revenue factor for each district by: (A) adding (1)
each district's Corporate Personal Property Replacement Fund
allocations from the base
fiscal year or the average of the base fiscal year and prior year, whichever is
less, divided by the applicable statewide average tax rate to (2) the
district's most recently audited
year's equalized assessed valuation or the average of the most recently audited
year and prior year, whichever is less, (B) then dividing by the district's
audited full-time equivalent resident students for the base fiscal year or the
average for the base fiscal year and the 2 prior fiscal years, whichever is
greater, and (C) then multiplying by the applicable statewide average tax
rate. The State Board
shall calculate a statewide weighted average threshold by applying
the same methodology to the totals of all districts' Corporate Personal
Property Tax Replacement Fund allocations, equalized assessed valuations, and
audited full-time equivalent district resident students and multiplying by the
applicable statewide average tax rate. The difference between the statewide
weighted average threshold and the local revenue
factor, multiplied by the number of full-time equivalent resident students,
shall determine the amount of equalization funding that each district is
eligible to receive. A percentage factor, as determined by the State Board,
may be applied to the statewide threshold as a method for allocating
equalization funding. A minimum equalization grant of an amount per district
as determined by the State Board shall be established for any community college
district which qualifies for an equalization grant based upon the preceding
criteria, but becomes ineligible for equalization funding, or would have
received a grant of less than the minimum equalization grant, due to threshold
prorations applied to reduce equalization funding.
As of July 1, 2013, a community college district eligible to receive an equalization grant based upon the preceding criteria must maintain a
minimum required combined in-district tuition and universal fee rate per
semester credit hour equal to 70% of the State-average combined rate, as
determined by the State Board, or the total revenue received by the community college district from combined in-district tuition and universal fees must be at least 30% of the total revenue received by the community college district, as determined by the State Board, for equalization funding. As of July 1,
2004, a community college district must maintain a minimum required
operating tax rate equal to at least 95% of its maximum authorized tax
rate to qualify for equalization funding. This 95% minimum tax rate
requirement shall be based upon the maximum operating tax rate as
limited by the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law.
The State Board shall distribute such other grants as may be
authorized or appropriated by the General Assembly.
Each community college district entitled to State grants under this
Section must submit a report of its enrollment to the State Board not later
than 30 days following the end of each semester or term in a
format prescribed by the State Board. These semester credit hours, or
equivalent, shall be certified by each district on forms provided by the
State Board. Each district's certified semester credit hours, or equivalent,
are subject to audit pursuant to Section 3-22.1.
The State Board shall certify, prepare, and submit monthly vouchers to the State Comptroller
forth an amount equal to one-twelfth of the grants approved by the State Board for base
operating grants and equalization grants. The State Board shall prepare and
submit to the State Comptroller vouchers for payments of other grants as
appropriated by the General Assembly. If the amount appropriated for grants
is different from the amount provided for such grants under this Act, the
grants shall be proportionately reduced or increased accordingly.
For the purposes of this Section, "resident student" means a student in a
community college district who maintains residency in that district or
meets other residency definitions established by the State Board, and who
was enrolled either in one of the approved instructional program categories
in that district, or in another community college district to which the
resident's district is paying tuition under Section 6-2 or with which the
resident's district has entered into a cooperative agreement in lieu of such
tuition. Students shall be classified as residents of the community college district without meeting the 30-day residency requirement of the district if they are currently residing in the district and are youth (i) who are currently under the legal guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or have recently been emancipated from the Department and (ii) who had previously met the 30-day residency requirement of the district but who had a placement change into a new community college district. The student, a caseworker or other personnel of the Department, or the student's attorney or guardian ad litem appointed under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 shall provide the district with proof of current in-district residency.
For the purposes of this Section, a "full-time equivalent" student is
equal to 30 semester credit hours.
The Illinois Community College Board Contracts and Grants Fund is hereby
created in the State Treasury. Items of income to this fund shall include
any grants, awards, endowments, or like proceeds, and where appropriate,
other funds made available through contracts with governmental, public, and
private agencies or persons. The General Assembly shall from time to time
make appropriations payable from such fund for the support, improvement,
and expenses of the State Board and Illinois community college
(Source: P.A. 99-845, eff. 1-1-17; 100-884, eff. 1-1-19
(110 ILCS 805/2-26)
21st Century Employment grant program.
(a) Subject to appropriation, the State Board shall establish and administer a 21st Century Employment grant program. To qualify for a grant, a community college district and a public high school located in that district must jointly establish a collaborative regional partnership with workforce development organizations, including community-based organizations with a vested interest in the workforce, regional economic development organizations, and economic development officials in the district, along with manufacturers, healthcare service providers, and innovative technology businesses that have a presence in the district, to provide a manufacturing training program. A grant recipient must provide the State Board with a plan that meets all of the following requirements:
(1) The plan shall define specific goals that a
student must meet upon graduation.
(2) The plan shall include the type of professional
skills that will be taught in order for the students to gain and retain employment. The professional skills curriculum in the program shall include, but not be limited to, training on all of the following:
(A) Effective communication skills.
(E) Conflict resolution.
(K) Work ethic.
In awarding grants under this Section, the State
Board must give priority to plans that demonstrate a formal articulation agreement between a public high school and a community college district.
(3) The plan shall include a budget that includes any
outside donations, including any in-kind donations, made to help the program, including from non-profit entities and individuals.
(4) The plan shall include the proposed number of
individuals who would be enrolled in the program, along with the places that those individuals could be employed at after graduation and what industries would be targeted. The plan must support a seamless transition into higher education and career opportunities and must outline the college credit and on-the-job training hours that will transfer from the high school to a community college.
(5) The plan shall require a private-public
partnership clause that requires private businesses to contribute an amount determined by the State Board and the collaborative regional partnership that does not exceed 40% of the amount of the total project. The applicant must provide the State Board with a receipt of contributions from businesses to evidence compliance with this paragraph. However, businesses may contribute equipment or offer their facilities, in which case a business shall establish a cost of use of its facility, to meet the requirements of this paragraph.
(6) The plan shall indicate the certificates that the
community college or high school will offer to students upon graduation, as agreed to by the collaborative regional partnership. The community college or high school shall offer no less than 6 types of industry-recognized certificates.
(b) The State Board shall establish an advisory board for the grant program established under subsection (a) that consists of all of the following members:
(1) The Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
(2) The Executive Director of the State Board.
(3) The State Superintendent of Education.
(4) The Director of Labor.
(5) A senator appointed by the President of the
(6) A senator appointed by the Minority Leader of the
(7) A representative appointed by the Speaker of the
House of Representatives.
(8) A representative appointed by the Minority
Leader of the House of Representatives.
(9) A member from a statewide organization that
represents manufacturing companies throughout this State, appointed by the Governor.
(10) A member who represents at-risk students,
including, but not limited to, opportunity youth, appointed by the Governor.
(11) A member from a statewide organization that
represents multiple employee unions in this State, appointed by the Governor.
(12) A member from a trade union, appointed by the
(13) A member from a statewide organization that
represents the business community, appointed by the Governor.
(14) A member from a statewide organization that
represents service employees in this State, appointed by the Governor.
(15) Educators representing various regions of this
State from professional teachers' organizations, appointed by the Governor.
(16) A member from a statewide organization that
represents hospitals in this State, appointed by the Governor.
(17) A president of a community college, appointed by
(18) A district superintendent of a high school
district, appointed by Governor.
The members of the advisory board shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their reasonable and necessary expenses from funds appropriated to the State Board for that purpose, including travel, subject to the rules of the appropriate travel control board.
The advisory board shall meet at the call of the State Board and shall report to the State Board. The State Board shall provide administrative and other support to the advisory board.
(c) The advisory board established under subsection (b) shall have all of the following duties:
(1) To review the progress made by each grant
recipient, including, but not limited to, the gainful-employment success rate, how many students remain employed for how long, and how many students went on to receive higher manufacturing certificates.
(2) To review how many students went on to complete a
paid internship or apprenticeship upon graduation.
(3) To compile a list of programs offered by each
community college or high school.
(4) To analyze whether the certificates are closing
the gap in education for the current needs of the labor force, and to offer suggestions on how to close the gap if one still exists.
(5) To suggest certificates that could help future
employers looking to locate in this State.
(6) To offer guidelines for the types of certificates
that a community college or high school should pursue.
(7) To offer possible rules to the State Board that
the grant process should follow.
(d) The State Board may adopt any rules necessary for the purposes of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-437, eff. 1-1-20