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 1        AN ACT to amend the Board  of  Higher  Education  Act  by
 2    changing Section 9.28.

 3        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:

 5        Section 5.  The Board of Higher Education Act is  amended
 6    by changing Section 9.28 as follows:

 7        (110 ILCS 205/9.28)
 8        Sec. 9.28. 9.27.  Graduation incentive grant program.
 9        (a)  The  graduation  incentive  grant  program is hereby
10    created.  The program shall be implemented  and  administered
11    by  the Board of Higher Education to provide grant incentives
12    to  public  universities  that  offer   their   undergraduate
13    students  contracts under which the university commits itself
14    to  provide  the  courses,  programs,  and  support  services
15    necessary to enable  the  contracting  students  to  graduate
16    within 4 years, or for universities that (i) have a prominent
17    number of non-traditional or transfer students or (ii) do not
18    have  freshman and sophomore enrollment, to have an expedited
19    graduation.  Grants shall be awarded from appropriations made
20    to the  Board  of  Higher  Education  for  purposes  of  this
21    Section.
22        (b)  To  be  eligible  for  grant consideration, a public
23    university shall annually file a report  with  the  Board  of
24    Higher Education detailing its 4-year or expedited graduation
25    contract  program.   The  report shall include, at a minimum,
26    the  following  information:   the  number  of  undergraduate
27    students participating in the program,  the  requirements  of
28    the  4-year  or expedited graduation contracts offered by the
29    university, the types of additional support services provided
30    by the university to the contracting students, and  the  cost
31    of the program.
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 1        (c)  In awarding grants to public universities under this
 2    Section,  the  Board  of  Higher  Education may consider each
 3    applicant's report data, the number of  institutions  wishing
 4    to  participate,  and  such  other  criteria  as the Board of
 5    Higher Education determines to be appropriate.
 6        (d)  The Board of Higher Education shall annually  submit
 7    to   the  Governor  and  the  General  Assembly  a  budgetary
 8    recommendation for grants under this Section and shall notify
 9    applicants for grant assistance  that  the  award  of  grants
10    under  this  Section  is  contingent upon the availability of
11    appropriated funds.
12        (e)  The Board of Higher Education may adopt  such  rules
13    as it deems necessary for administration of the grant program
14    created by this Section.
15    (Source: P.A. 90-750, eff. 8-14-98; revised 9-21-98.)

16        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
17    becoming law.

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