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Full Text of HB0205  101st General Assembly


Sen. Patricia Van Pelt

Filed: 5/14/2019





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 205 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Public Community College Act is amended by
5adding Section 3-80 as follows:
6    (110 ILCS 805/3-80 new)
7    Sec. 3-80. Baccalaureate degree in nursing pilot program.
8    (a) The Board of Trustees of Community College District No.
9508 may establish and offer at Malcolm X College a
10baccalaureate-level nursing education pilot program, commonly
11referred to as a baccalaureate completion program (RN to BSN),
12that confers a bachelor of science degree in nursing if all of
13the following conditions are met:
14        (1) The Board of Trustees meets all of the requirements
15    as set forth in subsection (b), and the program has been
16    approved by the State Board to offer a bachelor of science



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1    degree in nursing.
2        (2) After the program has been approved by the State
3    Board, the Board of Higher Education shall consider the
4    program for approval in a manner consistent with new
5    bachelor's degree programs at public and private
6    universities in this State.
7        (3) The Board of Trustees has identified and
8    documented, in writing, unmet workforce needs in the
9    subject area of the baccalaureate degree to be offered. The
10    Board of Trustees shall publish on the community college
11    district's website and make publicly available the
12    documentation and shall present the documentation to the
13    State Board.
14        (4) The community college shall hold a national
15    professional nursing accreditation or have applied for the
16    accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
17    Education, the Accreditation Commission for Education in
18    Nursing, or the Commission for Nursing Education
19    Accreditation.
20        (5) The community college shall offer and maintain an
21    associate degree in nursing.
22        (6) The Board of Trustees must demonstrate, in writing,
23    how the community college will enhance future
24    opportunities for minority and bilingual populations by
25    focusing outreach efforts and giving preference to those
26    students in order to meet workforce needs.



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1    (b) The Board of Trustees shall demonstrate that the
2community college has the expertise, resources, and student
3interest to offer a quality bachelor of science degree in
4nursing. An application for approval from the State Board shall
5include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
6        (1) The Board of Trustees shall describe the labor
7    market need as specified in paragraph (3) of subsection
8    (a).
9        (2) The Board of Trustees shall describe the program's
10    purpose, its target population, related occupations, and
11    career paths.
12        (3) The Board of Trustees shall demonstrate that the
13    community college has developed quality curricula that
14    aligns with federal, State, and local requirements and will
15    prepare graduates with the appropriate level of skill to
16    meet their educational goals.
17        (4) The Board of Trustees shall verify the community
18    college district has the fiscal resources in place or has
19    budgeted for financial support for the program in a
20    cost-effective manner.
21        (5) The Board of Trustees shall identify and document
22    the faculty available for teaching the program, including
23    the number of full-time faculty anticipated to teach in the
24    program, a description of their qualifications (including
25    highest degree earned), teaching experience, professional
26    experience, and licenses held. The Board of Trustees must



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1    also indicate how faculty are to be evaluated.
2    (c) The community college district is prohibited from using
3semester credit hours generated in baccalaureate degree
4programs for grants received pursuant to Section 2-16.02 of
5this Act.
6    (d) The State Board shall conduct a statewide evaluation of
7a pilot program established under this Section. The results of
8the evaluation shall be reported on or before July 1, 2023 to
9all of the following:
10        (1) The Board of Higher Education.
11        (2) The Speaker of the House of Representatives.
12        (3) The Minority Leader of the House of
13    Representatives.
14        (4) The President of the Senate.
15        (5) The Minority Leader of the Senate.
16        (6) The Governor's Office of Management and Budget.
17    The evaluation shall include, but is not limited to, all of
18the following:
19        (A) Information identifying applicants, admissions,
20    enrollment, the demographic characteristics of students,
21    and degree recipients.
22        (B) The extent to which the program fulfills identified
23    workforce needs.
24        (C) Information on the pace of employment of students
25    and the subsequent job placement of graduates.
26        (D) The cost of the program and the funding sources



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1    that were used to finance the program.
2        (E) Time-to-degree rates and completion rates for the
3    program.
4        (F) The extent to which the program is in compliance
5    with the requirements of this Section.
6    The Board of Trustees shall submit the information
7necessary to conduct the evaluation required under this
8subsection, as determined by the evaluator, to the State