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Full Text of HB0026  101st General Assembly


Rep. André Thapedi

Filed: 3/19/2019





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 26 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Public University Uniform Admission Pilot Program Act.
6    Section 5. Definition. In this Act, "institution" means,
7except for the University of Illinois, Illinois State
8University, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois
9University, and Chicago State University, a public university
10in this State.
11    Section 10. Uniform admission system pilot program.
12Beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year, each institution
13shall create a 4-year uniform admission system pilot program
14under this Act to admit first-time freshman students for each
15semester of the pilot program.



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1    Section 15. Automatic admission.
2    (a) Each institution shall admit an applicant for general
3admission to the institution as an undergraduate student if the
4applicant graduated with a grade point average in the top 10%
5or was certified to be in the top 10% of the student's high
6school graduating class in one of the 2 school years preceding
7the academic year for which the applicant is applying for
8admission and:
9        (1) the applicant graduated from a public or private
10    high school in this State accredited by a generally
11    recognized accrediting organization or from a high school
12    operated by the United States Department of Defense;
13        (2) the applicant:
14            (A) successfully completed the minimum college
15        preparatory curriculum requirements established by law
16        for admission to the institution; and
17            (B) satisfied the ACT college admission assessment
18        or the SAT college admission assessment composite
19        score and subscores required for admission to the
20        institution to which the applicant applied as well as
21        any composite scores or subscores for colleges within
22        that institution; and
23        (3) if the applicant graduated from a high school
24    operated by the United States Department of Defense, the
25    applicant is a State resident or is entitled to pay tuition



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1    fees at the rate provided for State residents for the term
2    or semester to which admitted.
3    (b) An applicant who does not satisfy the curriculum
4requirements prescribed by item (A) of subdivision (2) of
5subsection (a) of this Section is considered to have satisfied
6those requirements for the purposes of this Act if the student
7completed the portion of the college preparatory curriculum
8that was available to the student but was unable to complete
9the remainder of the curriculum solely because courses
10necessary to complete the remainder were unavailable to the
11student at the appropriate times in the student's high school
12career as a result of course scheduling, lack of enrollment
13capacity, or another cause not within the student's control. An
14institution may require a student's successful completion of
15such curriculum requirements prior to or concurrently with
16enrollment at the institution.
17    (c) An applicant who graduates in a graduating class of a
18school, whether public or non-public, that has so few students
19that class rank does not make a reliable contribution toward
20assessing the student's college readiness is considered to have
21satisfied the requirements of subsection (a) of this Section if
22the student has a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a
234-point scale and has met the requirements of item (A) or (B)
24of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this Section.
25    Section 20. Admission requirements.



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1     (a) To qualify for admission under this Act, an applicant
3        (1) submit an application before the expiration of any
4    application filing deadline established by the
5    institution; and
6        (2) provide a high school transcript or diploma that
7    satisfies the requirements of subsection (b) of this
8    Section.
9    (b) For purposes of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of
10this Section, a student's official transcript or diploma must,
11not later than the end of the student's junior year, indicate:
12        (1) whether the student has satisfied or is on schedule
13    to satisfy the requirements of item (A) of subdivision (2)
14    of subsection (a) of Section 15 of this Act; or
15        (2) if subsection (b) of Section 15 of this Act applies
16    to the student, whether the student has completed the
17    portion of the college preparatory curriculum that was
18    available to the student.
19    Section 25. Graduates of nonaccredited private schools.
20    (a) As used in this Section, "nonaccredited secondary
21education" means a course of study at the secondary school
22level in a nonaccredited private school setting.
23    (b) Because the State of Illinois considers successful
24completion of a nonaccredited secondary education to be
25equivalent to graduation from a public high school, an



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1institution, in complying with this Act and for all other
2purposes, must treat an applicant for admission to the
3institution as an undergraduate student who presents evidence
4that he or she has successfully completed a nonaccredited
5secondary education according to the same general standards,
6including specific standardized testing score requirements, as
7other applicants for undergraduate admission who have
8graduated from a public high school.
9    (c) An institution may not require an applicant for
10admission to the institution as an undergraduate student who
11presents evidence that he or she has successfully completed a
12nonaccredited secondary education to:
13        (1) obtain or submit evidence that the person has
14    obtained a general educational development certificate,
15    certificate of high school equivalency, or other
16    credentials equivalent to a public high school degree; ?or
17        (2) take an examination or comply with any other
18    application or admission requirement not generally
19    applicable to other applicants for undergraduate admission
20    to the institution.
21    (d) In complying with this Act or otherwise, when an
22institution in its undergraduate admission review process
23sorts or is required to sort applicants by high school
24graduating class rank, the institution shall place any
25applicant who presents evidence that the applicant has
26successfully completed a nonaccredited secondary education



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1that does not include a high school graduating class ranking at
2the average high school graduating class rank of undergraduate
3applicants to the institution who have equivalent standardized
4testing scores as the applicant.
5    (e) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, with
6respect to admission into the institution or any program within
7the institution, with respect to scholarship programs, and with
8respect to other terms and conditions, and in complying with
9this Act, an institution may not treat an applicant who has
10successfully completed a nonaccredited secondary education
11that does not include a high school graduating class ranking
12differently than an applicant who graduated from an accredited
13public school.
14    Section 30. Admission for child of fallen police officer,
15firefighter, or Department of Corrections employee. Each
16institution shall admit an applicant for admission to the
17institution as an undergraduate student if the applicant:
18        (1) is the child of a police officer or firefighter
19    employed by or in the voluntary service of this State or
20    any local public entity in this State who was killed or
21    sustained a fatal injury in the line of duty or is the
22    child of an employee of the Department of Corrections who
23    was assigned to a security position with the Department
24    with responsibility for inmates of a correctional
25    institution under the jurisdiction of the Department and



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1    who was killed or sustained a fatal injury in the line of
2    duty;
3        (2) meets the minimum requirements, if any,
4    established for purposes of this Section by the governing
5    board of the institution for high school or prior
6    college-level grade point average and performance on
7    standardized tests; and
8        (3) satisfies the ACT college admission assessment or
9    the SAT college admission assessment composite score and
10    subscores required for admission to the institution to
11    which the applicant applied as well as any composite scores
12    or subscores for colleges within that institution.
13    Section 35. Additional preparation for college. After
14admitting an applicant under this Act, the institution shall
15review the applicant's record and any other factor the
16institution considers appropriate to determine whether the
17applicant may require additional preparation for college-level
18work or would benefit from inclusion in a retention program.
19The institution may require a student so identified to enroll
20during the summer immediately after the student is admitted
21under this Act to participate in appropriate enrichment courses
22and orientation programs. This Act does not prohibit a student
23who is not determined to need additional preparation for
24college-level work from enrolling, if the student chooses,
25during the summer immediately after the student is admitted



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1under this Act.
2    Section 40. Student outreach program. The Illinois Student
3Assistance Commission, by rule, shall develop and implement a
4program to increase and enhance the efforts of institutions in
5conducting outreach to academically high-performing high
6school seniors in this State who are likely to be eligible for
7automatic admission under Section 15 of this Act to provide to
8those students information and counseling regarding the
9operation of this Act and other opportunities, including
10financial assistance, available to those students for success
11at institutions. Under the program, the Commission, after
12gathering information and recommendations from available
13sources and examining current outreach practices by
14institutions of higher education in this State and in other
15states, shall prescribe best practice guidelines and standards
16to be used by institutions in conducting the student outreach
17described by this Section.
18    Section 45. Fall or summer enrollment. An institution that
19admits, under this Act, an applicant qualified for automatic
20admission under Section 15 of this Act may admit the applicant
21for either the fall semester of the academic year for which the
22applicant applies or for the summer session preceding that fall
23semester, as determined by the institution.



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1    Section 50. Admissions denial; reference to Act. If an
2institution denies admission to an applicant for an academic
3year, then, in any letter or other communication the
4institution provides to the applicant notifying the applicant
5of that denial, the institution may not reference the
6provisions of this Act, including using a description of a
7provision of this Act such as "the top 10% automatic admissions
8law", as a reason the institution is unable to offer admission
9to the applicant, unless the number of applicants for admission
10to the institution for that academic year who qualify for
11automatic admission under Section 15 of this Act is sufficient
12to fill 100% of the institution's enrollment capacity
13designated for first-time resident undergraduate students.
14    Section 90. Rules. The Board of Higher Education and the
15Illinois Student Assistance Commission may adopt any rules
16necessary to implement this Act.
17    Section 95. Repeal. This Act is repealed on July 1, 2025.".