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Illinois Cooperative Education and Internship Association Spring Conference “The Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program Overview And a Showcase of the Bradley University Program” Presenter: Rich Jachino IBHE Grant Administrator April 29, 2011. Discussion points .

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Illinois CooperativeEducation and Internship Association Spring Conference

“The Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program Overview

And a Showcase of the Bradley University Program”

Presenter: Rich Jachino

IBHE Grant Administrator April 29, 2011

discussion points
Discussion points
  • Overview of IBHE, Statutory Responsibilities
  • Public Agenda for College and Career Success
  • Cooperative Work Study Program
    • Program overview, challenges, new reporting requirements
    • Evaluation and employer feedback
    • Criteria for reviewing applications
    • Characteristics of a high quality program
    • Schedule for FY2012
    • Dawn Koeltzoe, Bradley University
  • Q and A Session
illinois board of higher ed ibhe statutory responsibilities
Illinois Board of Higher Ed (IBHE)Statutory Responsibilities
  • Created 1961 to plan and coordinate Illinois' system of colleges and universities
  • Statutory Responsibilities
    • Budget Development
    • Grant Administration
    • Information Systems
    • Master Planning
    • Academic Program Approval
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Goals

  • Goal 1: Increase Educational Attainment
  • Goal 2: Ensure College Affordability
  • Goal 3:Address Workforce Needs
  • Goal 4: Enhance Economic Growth
iceia mission ibhe program purpose
ICEIA MissionIBHE Program Purpose
  • ICEIA Website: “To provide professional development and networking opportunities that will result in expanded work-based learning opportunities for students. ”
  • IBHE program rules: “Provide a program of financial assistance to support student cooperative work study programs in higher education to benefit students academically and financially, reduce reliance on loans, enhance public-private sector partnerships, and encourage students to seek permanent employment in Illinois. ”
cooperative work study program overview
Cooperative Work Study Program Overview
  • Consistent funding for past 20 years
  • Public, Independent for-profit and no-for-profit colleges, community colleges
  • FY2010 supported 51 institutions, 1,422 student, 677 businesses, between 70-80 of student who seek permanent employment were hired.
  • Allows students to get their foot in the door
  • Encourages social and community service
  • Creates new public/private partnerships
  • Reduces reliance on student loans
challenges changes
Challenges/Changes
  • More difficult for colleges and universities to keep employers and add new ones
  • Some colleges and universities have dropped out of the program
  • Delayed payments to students and employers
  • Reduced state funding limits maximum award request amounts
  • High unemployment in Illinois makes it more difficult to place interns and get hired in full-time positions
  • New quarterly reporting requirements passed last year, new evaluation questions
  • Release RFP earlier in the FY
update from comptroller s office by the numbers
Update from Comptroller’s Office By the numbers
  • Generally, bills are paid within 30 day, however… bills are paid generally ever 104 business days
  • Currently 208,635 in unpaid bills totaling $4.52
  • $8.3 billion at the close of the fiscal year
  • Currently paying vouchers submitted on November 5, 2010
  • FY10 Bradley voucher submitted, 3-2-10, paid on 9-30-10, 210 days
  • http://www.ioc.state.il.us/
evaluation and employer feedback
Evaluation and Employer Feedback
  • Evaluation requirements and expectations have increased for all IBHE program
  • Evaluations indicate that employers are very satisfied in the quality of the interns who are placed in their businesses
  • “Student has great attention to detail and works well independently. She is very professional in her dealings with co-workers, program participants and the general public. Student assumes and handles responsibility well. She displays ethical behavior and exercises good judgment. She is flexible and can adapt to changing situations in a moment’s notice.”
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Evaluation and Employer Feedback
  • “We have had great success with Waubonsee interns we have used in the past. I actually just offered one of them a full-time position.”
  • Employers are pleased to employ properly trained, well-educated interns at a reduced cost of normal wages
  • Interim evaluation reports the past two years indicate that between 60 and 78 percent of students are hired permanently
characteristics of a high quality work study program
Characteristics of a high quality work study program
  • Addresses policy issues related to workforce and economic development
  • Maximizes the use of matching contributions from business, industry and government
  • Links to a student’s academic field and encourages social and community service
  • Well defined program articulation procedures
  • A comprehensive evaluation plan to measure program impact
  • Cost effective budget
  • Has a high percentage of students hired after the work study experience
schedule for fy2012
Schedule For FY2012
  • $1.23 million included in Governor’s budget
  • General Assembly adopts final budget
  • September 2011 release FY2012 application
  • Due November 2011
  • December review of proposals
  • January 2012 develop board item
  • February Board of Higher Education approval
  • March submit vouchers to Comptroller
bradley program key strategies for success
Bradley Program Key Strategies for Success
  • Integrated into the overall co-op internship program at Bradley
  • Have built and maintained successful long-term relationship with employers
  • Successful job fairs
  • Very high job placement
  • Concentrate on high demand fields
summary
Summary
  • The IBHE work study program is a vehicle for supporting the Public Agenda goals
  • The IBHE has had to focus remaining grant resources into high need areas. Grant funding has become very competitive
  • The work study program continues to be a very successful program for students, institutions, and employers across the state of Illinois