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Full Text of HJR0075  96th General Assembly




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2     WHEREAS, The current distressing national, regional, and
3 State economic climates serve as the collective impetus for a
4 re-examination of State appropriations practices; and
5     WHEREAS, The wisdom of a renewed focus on best-spending
6 practices throughout all aspects of State appropriations and
7 expenditures is warranted; and
8     WHEREAS, The aim of the Monetary Award Program should be to
9 provide the most practical assistance possible in facilitating
10 Illinois students' access and choice in opening realistic
11 vistas of higher education; and
12     WHEREAS, Feasible new alternatives must always be
13 judiciously explored by those empowered by the public trust
14 with the responsibility of dispensing the public funds; and
15     WHEREAS, On December 9, 2008, the Board of Higher Education
16 unanimously endorsed the "Public Agenda for College and Career
17 Success", which codified the goal, among others, of matching
18 Illinois' educational attainment to the best-performing U.S.
19 states and world countries, as the blueprint to guide education
20 policy in this State for the next decade; and



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1     WHEREAS, The "Public Agenda for College and Career Success"
2 cites, among several other barriers to the stated goal, both
3 the diminished buying power of the Monetary Award Program grant
4 and the denial of Monetary Award Program grant awards to
5 one-fourth of eligible students; therefore, be it
8 SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that the Board of Higher Education,
9 in consultation with the Illinois Student Assistance
10 Commission, the Illinois Community College Board, and any other
11 appropriate entity, shall undertake a study of the most
12 practical methodology to improve the efficiency and
13 sustainability of the Monetary Award Program that includes all
14 of the following:
15         (1) a review of the success rates of all Monetary Award
16     Program recipients, as defined by either degree completion
17     or skill set attainment;
18         (2) demographics of MAP recipients regarding the
19     disbursement of Monetary Award Program funds between and
20     among public, private, and proprietary institutions;
21         (3) potential steps to maximize efficiencies by the
22     Illinois Student Assistance Commission in the delivery of
23     student financial aid;
24         (4) the feasibility of re-structuring Monetary Award
25     Program eligibility to maximize the educational impact and



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1     economic efficiency of MAP expenditures; and
2         (5) the relationship of State appropriations for
3     public university and community college operations,
4     tuition and fees, and funding of the Monetary Award
5     Program; and be it further
6     RESOLVED, That the Illinois Board of Higher Education shall
7 prepare a report with the findings and recommendations on
8 improving the efficiency and sustainability of the Monetary
9 Award Program and submit that report to the General Assembly no
10 later than February 28, 2010; and be it further
11     RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
12 presented to the chairpersons of the Illinois Board of Higher
13 Education, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, and the
14 Illinois Community College Board.