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The Planning Context

The Illinois Commitment
The Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success


In Spring 2007, the General Assembly adopted House Joint Resolution 69 that directed the Board of Higher Education to develop a Public Agenda for higher education. Following a year of collaboration with hundreds of stakeholders in higher education and the state of Illinois, the Board unanimously endorsed the Public Agenda at its December 9, 2008, meeting. The Public Agenda is to serve as a planning blueprint to guide state education policy and resources.

The Public Agenda is comprised of the following goals and recommendations:

Goal 1: Increase educational attainment to match best-performing states.
Recommendation 1: Increase success of students at each stage of the P-20 education pipeline to eliminate achievement gaps by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and disability.
Recommendation 2: Increase the number of adults, including GED recipients, reentering education and completing a postsecondary credential.
Recommendation 3: Reduce geographic disparities in educational attainment.
Goal 2: Ensure college affordability for students, families, and taxpayers.
Recommendation 1: Make Illinois one of the five most affordable states in the country to get a college education.
Goal 3: Increase the number of high-quality postsecondary credentials to meet the demands of the economy and an increasingly global society.
Recommendation 1: Increase the number of people with high-quality postsecondary credentials to ensure the state has an educated workforce and an engaged citizenry.
Recommendation 2: Improve transitions all along the education pipeline.
Recommendation3: Increase the number of postsecondary degrees in fields of critical skills shortages.
Goal 4: Better integrate Illinois' educational, research, and innovation assets to meet economic needs of the state and its regions.
Recommendation 1: Boost Illinois into the ranks of the five states with the fastest growing economies.