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Public Act 096-0535




Public Act 096-0535
SB1883 Enrolled LRB096 10808 NHT 21024 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Board of Higher Education Act is amended by
adding Section 9.33 as follows:
    (110 ILCS 205/9.33 new)
    Sec. 9.33. Collaborative Baccalaureate Degree Development
Grant Program.
    (a) The Board shall implement and administer a grant
program, to be referred to as the Collaborative Baccalaureate
Degree Development Grant Program, to help deliver upper
division courses and bachelor's degree programs offered by
bachelor's degree-granting colleges and universities at a
location geographically convenient to student populations
currently being served by existing public community colleges.
The Board shall adopt rules regarding eligibility criteria and
a process for the annual application and awarding of grants.
The grant application and award process shall be as efficient
as possible to encourage collaborative applications and shall
include consideration of existing programs and facilities.
    (b) A grant application must be jointly submitted by one
public community college and one or more public or private,
not-for-profit, 4-year colleges or universities.
    (c) Grants may be used for any combination of the
        (1) Instructional space on or near a community college.
        (2) Required training and advanced education of
    faculty for the new programs.
        (3) Instructional technology tools.
        (4) Marketing and promotion for joint efforts.
        (5) Other purposes related to the collaboration
    efforts, as allowed by the Board's program rules.
    (d) In order to better ensure the commitment of the
partnering institutions, the Board shall require that each
partnering institution (both the community college and the
4-year institution or institutions) must also invest in the
partnership. Each grant application must include how the
State's grant will be matched by dollars from the partner
institutions. The combined investment of the partner
institutions must equal no less than 50% of the amount of the
    (e) The Board shall adopt any rules that are necessary for
the implementation of this Section.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/14/2009