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Full Text of SJR0041  101st General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The State has a vested interest in maximizing the
3number of students who complete credit-bearing certificate
4programs and two-year or four-year degree programs and enter
5into high-skill, high-wage occupations; and
6    WHEREAS, 46% of Illinois high school graduates who enroll
7in community college are placed into developmental coursework
8in at least one subject; and
9    WHEREAS, Inconsistent and inadequate approaches to
10placement have resulted in too many students being placed into
11developmental education who could succeed in college-level
12coursework; and
13    WHEREAS, The traditional developmental education model
14costs students time, money, and financial aid; and
15    WHEREAS, Developmental education does not count as college
16credit and can be a barrier to retention, persistence,
17transfer, and certificate or degree completion, particularly
18with Black, Latino, first generation, and low-income students;
20    WHEREAS, There are instructional models of developmental



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



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1Board of Higher Education are well positioned to improve
2placement practices and fully scale developmental education
3reforms, across all State public institutions; therefore, be it
6CONCURRING HEREIN, that the Illinois Community College Board
7(ICCB) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) shall
8establish a joint advisory council to provide a benchmarking
9report to the General Assembly on or before April 1, 2020, that
10shall include:
11        (1) An inventory of all instructional models and
12    developmental course sequences employed by Illinois'
13    public colleges and universities for students placed into
14    developmental education or otherwise determined to need
15    additional skills development in math or English;
16        (2) An analysis of all instructional models employed by
17    Illinois' public colleges and universities for students
18    placed into developmental education or otherwise
19    determined to need additional skills development in math or
20    English, including, at a minimum, the number and percentage
21    of students completing gateway courses within their first
22    two semesters under each model; and
23        (3) An inventory and analysis of developmental
24    education placement practices and policies (including cut
25    off scores) employed at all public colleges and



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



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1    RESOLVED, That the advisory council should include similar
2representation from two-year and four-year institutions and,
3at a minimum, include the following:
4        (1) One member representing ICCB to act as chair of the
5    council;
6        (2) One member representing IBHE to act as co-chair of
7    the council;
8        (3) One member from the Illinois Senate to act as
9    co-chair of the council;
10        (4) One member from the Illinois House of
11    Representatives;
12        (5) Three public university employees recommended by
13    the IBHE Academic Leadership group;
14        (6) A community college employee recommended by a
15    statewide organization representing the City Colleges of
16    Chicago;
17        (7) A community college employee recommended by a
18    statewide organization representing a suburban Chicago
19    community college;
20        (8) A community college employee recommended by a
21    statewide organization representing a downstate community
22    college;
23        (9) One member representing a higher education
24    advocacy organization focused on closing equity gaps in
25    college completion from low-income and first generation
26    college students and students of color;



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1        (10) One member representing a statewide advocacy
2    organization focused on improving educational and
3    employment opportunities for women and adults;
4        (11) One member representing each of the following
5    entities:
6            (a) Illinois Council of Community College
7    Presidents (ICCCP), appointed by ICCCP;
8            (b) Illinois public university presidents,
9    appointed by IBHE;
10            (c) Illinois Community College Chief Academic
11    Officers (ICCCAO), appointed by ICCCAO;
12            (d) Illinois Community College Student Services
13    Officers (ICCCSSO), appointed by ICCCSSO;
14            (e) Illinois public university student service
15    administrators, appointed by IBHE;
16            (f) Illinois public university provosts, appointed
17    by IBHE;
18            (g) Illinois Community College Trustee Association
19    (ICCTA), appointed by ICCTA;
20            (h) Illinois public university trustees, appointed
21    by IBHE; and
22        (11) One member to be appointed by the Governor; and be
23    it further
24    RESOLVED, That, of the appointed community college and
25university employees, at least one must be an English faculty



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