Full Text of SB0888 100th General Assembly
SB0888sam001 100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Sen. Andy Manar
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AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 888
AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 888 by replacing
everything after the enacting clause with the following:
The Public Community College Act is amended by
adding Section 3-80 as follows:
(110 ILCS 805/3-80 new)
Baccalaureate degree in nursing program.
(a) A board of trustees may establish and offer a
baccalaureate-level nursing education program and confer a
bachelor of science degree in nursing if all of the following
conditions are met:
(1) The board meets all of the requirements as set
forth in subsection (b) of this Section and has been
approved by the State Board to offer a bachelor of science
degree in nursing.
(2) After the program has been approved by the State
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Board, the Board of Higher Education shall consider the
program for approval in a manner consistent with new
bachelor's degree programs at public and private
universities in this State.
(3) The board has been approved by the Division of
Professional Regulation of the Department of Financial and
Professional Regulation, as provided under Nurse Practice
Act, to offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
(4) The board has identified and documented, in
writing, unmet workforce needs in the subject area of the
baccalaureate degree to be offered. The board shall publish
on its website and make publicly available the
documentation and shall present the documentation to the
(5) The community college shall hold a national
professional nursing accreditation, hold candidacy status
for the accreditation, or have applied for the
accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education, the Accreditation Commission for Education in
Nursing, or the Commission for Nursing Education
(6) The community college district shall offer and
maintain an associate degree in nursing.
(b) The board shall demonstrate that the district has the
expertise, resources, and student interest to offer a quality
bachelor of science degree in nursing. An application for
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approval from the State Board shall include, but is not limited
to, all of the following:
(1) The board shall describe the labor market need as
specified in paragraph (4) of subsection (a) of this
(2) The board shall describe the program's purpose, its
target population, related occupations, and career paths.
(3) The board shall demonstrate the college has
developed quality curricula that aligns with federal,
State, and local requirements and will prepare graduates
with the appropriate level of skill to meet their
(4) The board shall verify the college has the fiscal
resources in place or has budgeted for financial support
for the program in a cost-effective manner.
(5) The board shall identify and document the faculty
available for teaching the program, including the number of
full-time and part-time faculty anticipated to teach in the
program, a description of their qualifications (including
highest degree earned), teaching experience, professional
experience, and licenses held. The board must also indicate
how faculty are to be evaluated.
(c) Community college districts shall be prohibited from
using semester credit hours generated in baccalaureate degree
programs for grants received pursuant to Section 2-16.02 of
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(d) Until August 31, 2022, the number of bachelor's degree
in nursing programs approved by the State Board and the Board
of Higher Education shall not exceed 20.
(e) The State Board shall conduct a statewide evaluation of
all nursing programs established under this Section. The
results of the evaluation shall be reported, in writing, on or
before July 1, 2022 to all of the following:
(1) The Board of Higher Education.
(2) The Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(3) The Minority Leader of the House of
(4) The President of the Senate.
(5) The Minority Leader of the Senate.
(6) The Governor's Office of Management and Budget.
The evaluation shall include, but is not limited to, all of
(i) The number of new programs established under this
Section, including information identifying applicants,
admissions, enrollments, demographic characteristics of
students, and degree recipients.
(ii) The extent to which the programs established under
this Section fulfill identified workforce needs.
(iii) Information on the pace of employment of students
and the subsequent job placement of graduates.
(iv) Which districts applied for a bachelor's degree in
nursing program but were denied and why were they denied.
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(v) The cost of each bachelor's degree in nursing
program and the funding sources that were used to finance
(vi) Time-to-degree rates and completion rates for
each new program established under this Section.
(vii) The extent to which the programs established
under this Section are in compliance with the requirements
of this Section.
Boards of trustees shall submit the information necessary
to conduct the evaluation required under this subsection (e),
as determined by the evaluators, to the State Board.
This Act takes effect upon