Public Act 90-0750 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0750

HB2565 Enrolled                                LRB9008957THbd

    AN ACT in relation to higher 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 9.27 as follows:

    (110 ILCS 205/9.27 new)
    Sec. 9.27.  Graduation incentive grant program.
    (a)  The graduation incentive  grant  program  is  hereby
created.   The  program shall be implemented and administered
by the Board of Higher Education to provide grant  incentives
to   public   universities  that  offer  their  undergraduate
students contracts under which the university commits  itself
to  provide  the  courses,  programs,  and  support  services
necessary  to  enable  the  contracting  students to graduate
within 4 years.  Grants shall be awarded from  appropriations
made  to  the  Board of Higher Education for purposes of this
    (b)  To be eligible for  grant  consideration,  a  public
university  shall  annually  file  a report with the Board of
Higher Education detailing  its  4-year  graduation  contract
program.   The  report  shall  include,  at  a  minimum,  the
following  information:  the number of undergraduate students
participating in the program, the requirements of the  4-year
graduation  contracts offered by the university, the types of
additional support services provided by the university to the
contracting students, and the cost of the program.
    (c)  In awarding grants to public universities under this
Section, the Board of  Higher  Education  may  consider  each
applicant's  report  data, the number of institutions wishing
to participate, and such  other  criteria  as  the  Board  of
Higher Education determines to be appropriate.
    (d)  The  Board of Higher Education shall annually submit
to  the  Governor  and  the  General  Assembly  a   budgetary
recommendation for grants under this Section and shall notify
applicants  for  grant  assistance  that  the award of grants
under this Section is contingent  upon  the  availability  of
appropriated funds.
    (e)  The  Board  of Higher Education may adopt such rules
as it deems necessary for administration of the grant program
created by this Section.

    Section 99.  Effective date. This Act takes  effect  July
1, 1998.

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