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 1        AN ACT concerning higher education.

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

 4        Section  3.  The Board of Higher Education Act is amended
 5    by changing Section 9.28 as follows:

 6        (110 ILCS 205/9.28)
 7        Sec. 9.28.  Graduation incentive grant program.
 8        (a)  The graduation incentive  grant  program  is  hereby
 9    created.   The  program shall be implemented and administered
10    by the Board of Higher Education to provide grant  incentives
11    to   public   universities  that  offer  their  undergraduate
12    students contracts under which the university commits  itself
13    to  provide  the  courses,  programs,  and  support  services
14    necessary  to  enable  the  contracting  students to graduate
15    within 4 years or, for universities that (i) have a prominent
16    number of non-traditional or transfer students or (ii) do not
17    have freshman and sophomore enrollment, to have an  expedited
18    graduation.  Grants shall be awarded from appropriations made
19    to  the  Board  of  Higher  Education  for  purposes  of this
20    Section.
21        (b)  To be eligible for  grant  consideration,  a  public
22    university  shall  annually  file  a report with the Board of
23    Higher Education detailing its 4-year or expedited graduation
24    contract program.  The report shall include,  at  a  minimum,
25    the  following  information:   the  number  of  undergraduate
26    students  participating  in  the program, the requirements of
27    the 4-year or expedited graduation contracts offered  by  the
28    university, the types of additional support services provided
29    by  the  university to the contracting students, and the cost
30    of the program.
31        (c)  In awarding grants to public universities under this
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 1    Section, the Board of  Higher  Education  may  consider  each
 2    applicant's  report  data, the number of institutions wishing
 3    to participate, and such  other  criteria  as  the  Board  of
 4    Higher Education determines to be appropriate.
 5        (d)  The  Board of Higher Education shall annually submit
 6    to  the  Governor  and  the  General  Assembly  a   budgetary
 7    recommendation for grants under this Section and shall notify
 8    applicants  for  grant  assistance  that  the award of grants
 9    under this Section is contingent  upon  the  availability  of
10    appropriated funds.
11        (e)  The  Board  of Higher Education may adopt such rules
12    as it deems necessary for administration of the grant program
13    created by this Section.
14    (Source: P.A. 90-750, eff. 8-14-98; 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

15        Section 5.  The Illinois Cooperative Work  Study  Program
16    Act is amended by changing Section 3 as follows:

17        (110 ILCS 225/3) (from Ch. 144, par. 2953)
18        Sec.  3.   Creation  and  implementation  of  program.  A
19    program  of   financial   assistance   to   support   student
20    cooperative  work  study  programs  in  higher  education  is
21    established to benefit students academically and financially,
22    reduce  reliance  on  loans,  enhance  public-private  sector
23    partnerships,   and  encourage  students  to  seek  permanent
24    employment in Illinois.
25        The Board  shall  administer  the  program  of  financial
26    assistance and shall distribute the funds appropriated by the
27    General  Assembly  for  this purpose in the form of grants to
28    public or  nonpublic  institutions  of  higher  education  to
29    expand  opportunities  for  students  to  pursue internships,
30    clinical placement, cooperative programs  with  business  and
31    industry,  and other work opportunities linked to a student's
32    academic program.  In awarding grants  under  this  Act,  the
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 1    Board shall consider whether programs:
 2             (1)  strengthen     cooperation    between    higher
 3        education, business, industry, and government;
 4             (2)  promote school/college partnerships;
 5             (3)  encourage   social   and   community    service
 6        activities;
 7             (4)  maximize the use of matching contributions from
 8        business  and industry, governmental and social agencies,
 9        and participating colleges and  universities  to  support
10        student wages;
11             (5)  create   new   opportunities  for  partnerships
12        between the public and private sectors;
13             (6)  integrate other components of student financial
14        aid to reduce reliance on student loans; and
15             (7)  meet other criteria that the  Board  determines
16        are appropriate.
17        The  Board  shall  assure that a representative number of
18    the grants  support  cooperative  work  study  programs  that
19    support  work  experiences  for students in academic programs
20    related  to  of  engineering,  science,   math,   information
21    technology, and education, and other high demand fields.
22        No  grant  may  be  awarded  under  this  Section for any
23    program of sectarian instruction or for any program  designed
24    to serve a sectarian purpose.
25        As  part  of its administration of the Act, the Board may
26    require evaluations, audits or reports in relation to  fiscal
27    and  academic  aspects  of  any  program for which a grant is
28    awarded under this Act.  The Board shall annually  submit  to
29    the  Governor and General Assembly a budgetary recommendation
30    for grants under this Act.
31        The  Board  may  adopt  rules  it  deems  necessary   for
32    administration of this Act.
33    (Source: P.A. 87-513.)
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 1        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
 2    becoming law.

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