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Public Act 097-0320





Public Act 097-0320
HB1503 EnrolledLRB097 05575 NHT 45637 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Board of Higher Education Act is amended by
changing Section 8 as follows:
    (110 ILCS 205/8)  (from Ch. 144, par. 188)
    Sec. 8. The Board of Trustees of the University of
Illinois, the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois
University, the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University,
the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University, the Board
of Trustees of Governors State University, the Board of
Trustees of Illinois State University, the Board of Trustees of
Northeastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of
Northern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Western
Illinois University, and the Illinois Community College Board
shall submit to the Board not later than the 15th day of
November of each year its budget proposals for the operation
and capital needs of the institutions under its governance or
supervision for the ensuing fiscal year. Each budget proposal
shall conform to the procedures developed by the Board in the
design of an information system for State universities and
    In order to maintain a cohesive system of higher education,
the Board and its staff shall communicate on a regular basis
with all public university presidents. They shall meet at least
semiannually to achieve economies of scale where possible and
provide the most innovative and efficient programs and
    The Board, in the analysis of formulating the annual budget
request, shall consider rates of tuition and fees at the state
universities and colleges. The Board shall also consider the
current and projected utilization of the total physical plant
of each campus of a university or college in approving the
capital budget for any new building or facility.
    The Board of Higher Education shall submit to the Governor,
to the General Assembly, and to the appropriate budget agencies
of the Governor and General Assembly its analysis and
recommendations on such budget proposals.
    The Board is directed to form a broad-based group of
individuals representing the Office of the Governor, the
General Assembly, public institutions of higher education,
State agencies, business and industry, Statewide organizations
representing faculty and staff, and others as the Board shall
deem appropriate to devise a system for allocating State
resources to public institutions of higher education based upon
performance in achieving State goals related to student success
and certificate and degree completion.
    Beginning in Fiscal Year 2013, the Board of Higher
Education budget recommendations to the Governor and the
General Assembly shall include allocations to public
institutions of higher education based upon performance
metrics designed to promote and measure student success in
degree and certificate completion. These metrics must be
adopted by the Board by rule and must be developed and
promulgated in accordance with the following principles:
        (1) The metrics must be developed in consultation with
    public institutions of higher education, as well as other
    State educational agencies and other higher education
    organizations, associations, interests, and stakeholders
    as deemed appropriate by the Board.
        (2) The metrics shall include provisions for
    recognizing the demands on and rewarding the performance of
    institutions in advancing the success of students who are
    academically or financially at risk, including
    first-generation students, low-income students, and
    students traditionally underrepresented in higher
    education, as specified in Section 9.16 of this Act.
        (3) The metrics shall recognize and account for the
    differentiated missions of institutions and sectors of
    higher education.
        (4) The metrics shall focus on the fundamental goal of
    increasing completion of college courses, certificates,
    and degrees. Performance metrics shall recognize the
    unique and broad mission of public community colleges
    through consideration of additional factors including, but
    not limited to, enrollment, progress through key academic
    milestones, transfer to a baccalaureate institution, and
    degree completion.
        (5) The metrics must be designed to maintain the
    quality of degrees, certificates, courses, and programs.
In devising performance metrics, the Board may be guided by the
report of the Higher Education Finance Study Commission.
    Each state supported institution within the application of
this Act must submit its plan for capital improvements of
non-instructional facilities to the Board for approval before
final commitments are made. Non-instructional uses shall
include but not be limited to dormitories, union buildings,
field houses, stadium, other recreational facilities and
parking lots. The Board shall determine whether or not any
project submitted for approval is consistent with the master
plan for higher education and with instructional buildings that
are provided for therein. If the project is found by a majority
of the Board not to be consistent, such capital improvement
shall not be constructed.
(Source: P.A. 89-4, eff. 1-1-96.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2012