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ILLINOIS BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE . September 7 , 2013 DePaul University . WELCOME. INTRODUCTIONS. Executive Chair: Sarah Rens Secretary: Regina Haynes Nontraditional Student Board Member: Justin McDermott Traditional Student Board Member: Adrian Miller

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illinois board of higher education student advisory committee


September 7, 2013

DePaul University

  • Executive Chair: Sarah Rens
  • Secretary: Regina Haynes
  • Nontraditional Student Board Member: Justin McDermott
  • Traditional Student Board Member: Adrian Miller
  • IBHE Staff Liaison: Candace Mueller
  • Everyone else...
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what is the ibhe sac
What is the IBHE-SAC?
  • Committee comprised of students from colleges and universities across the State of Illinois
  • The committee exists to share thoughts and concerns with the IBHE for its consideration in the decision-making process
    • Est. 1970 as an official channel for integration between the IBHE and students
  • The SAC is companion to:
    • Faculty Advisory Committee
    • Disabilities Advisory Committee
    • Independent College and University Presidents
    • Proprietary Advisory Committee
    • Public University Presidents and Chancellors
    • Community College Presidents

To represent students from all institutions of higher learning in Illinois on all state-level issues concerning higher education.

To empower student leaders as partners in shaping higher education

To serve as anofficial channel for the IBHE to interact with students because of the vital need to obtain first hand knowledge of the impact the IBHE board policies have on students.


Service: Contributing to the welfare of all students by providing access and availability to a higher education.

Advocacy: Upholding the fundamental rights of students by making recommendations and providing direction from a student perspective, representing all sectors of higher education.

Commitment: Striving to do what is best for students by devoting the SAC to worthy causes in the arena of higher education.

committee structure
  • Executive Board
    • Chair
    • Executive Secretary
    • Student Member
    • Non-traditional Student Member
  • Committee of the Whole
  • Subcommittees
  • Academic Affairs, Access and Diversity, Budget, Non-Academic Affairs, Special Operations
  • Chaired by the Subcommittee Chairs
    • Work closely with the Executive Chair
    • Report on Sub-committee activities at the Committee of the Whole
    • Coordinate the members of the subcommittees
    • Responsible for ensuring and directing progress on committee projects
    • Subcommittee chairs are appointed by the Executive Chair
academic affairs
Academic Affairs
  • The academic affairs sub-committee will be encouraged to:
    • Learn about the Federal College Score Card.
    • Educate the committee and devise a plan to educate student governments as well as other Illinoisans entering or currently enrolled in institutions of higher education about the Score Card.
access and diversity
Access and Diversity
  • The access and diversity sub-committee will be encouraged to:
    • Educate the committee on student debt and prepare us to advocate for policies that would aid Illinois students
  • The budget sub-committee will be encouraged to:
    • Organize the schools represented in the committee in advocating for the protection of the current funding levels of the MAP Grant.
      • Postcards, letters and/or emails from students
    • Organize a lobby day in Springfield in April/May that we will all be attending
non academic affairs
Non-Academic Affairs
  • The non-academic affairs committee will be encouraged to:
    • Continue previous efforts to advocate for textbook affordability
    • Organize a Textbook Affordability Summit meeting
special operations
Special Operations
  • The special operations committee will be encouraged to:
    • Maintain the IBHE-SAC website (upload agendas, power-points, minutes, calendar etc.)and Facebook page
the problem
The Problem
  • The textbook market is broken
    • The end consumers do not select the product
  • Consequently, demand is extremely inelastic
    • The price elasticity of textbooks is found to be as low as . 2 which means that for every 10% increase in textbook prices, student demand only decreases by 2%.
    • The price elasticity of regular books is 3.5
  • This allows textbook publishers and distributors to increase prices and release new editions with virtually no concern about consumer push back.
  • To further exacerbate this issue, the textbook market exhibits a high degree of vertical integration with oligopolies controlling both publishing and distribution.
some textbook statistics
Some Textbook Statistics

Costs of textbooks have risen at 4 times the rate of inflation (a 22% increase over the last 4 years)

The average price of introductory level textbooks is $175

When a new textbook edition is published it is an average of 22% more expensive than the previous edition

6 conglomerates control 86% of the textbook production in the US

70% of students report having not purchased 1 or more required textbooks due to cost

Textbooks are a 5 billion dollar national market

Students spend an average of $1,244 per year on textbooks? (almost 20% of yearly average tuition costs, 72% of community college costs)

last years efforts
Last Years Efforts
  • HB 3241: The Accountability in Higher Education Publishing Practices Act
  • HB3239: Open College Textbook Act
  • HR0457: College Textbook Options
    • Resolves that: that the Illinois Board of Higher Education shall work with college officials, college bookstores and publishers to study ways that college students may be better informed of the variety of different textbook options available without adversely impacting any existing textbook rental or already established access or affordability programs available to Illinois students.
    • As the student advisory committee, we will help execute this goal.
monatary award program map
  • The Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides grants, which do not need to be repaid, to Illinois residents who attend approved Illinois colleges and demonstrate financial need, based on the information provided on their FAFSA.
    • High school grades and test scores are not considered.
  • Grants can be applied only toward tuition and mandatory fees. MAP grants cannot be used for items such as books, travel or housing. All MAP awards are paid directly to the student’s college.
  • To be eligible, a student must:
    • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
    • Be an Illinois resident (If theyare a dependent, the parent whose information is used on the FAFSA must be an Illinois resident)
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Be enrolled a minimum of 3 hours per term at an approved Illinois college, in a degree or certificate program
    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by theircollege
    • Not be in default on any student loan, nor owe a refund on any state or federal grant
    • Not have received a bachelor's degree
    • Not have used the equivalent of 135 MAP Paid Credit Hours or more (MAP Paid Credit Hours usage is determined by your enrollment status each term)
    • Comply with federal Selective Service registration requirements
    • Not be incarcerated.
  • To apply, a student must complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.
    • Based on application volume and appropriated funds for any academic year, grant funding is likely to be depleted prior to the filing deadline dates.When this occurs, ISAC will announce a suspension date. Award announcements for applications received after the suspension date will be placed in suspension status.
    • Students for whom MAP award announcements are in suspension status will not receive MAP grant money.
  • Eligibility is automatically determined if the approved Illinois college at which the student plans to use the award is listed on your FAFSA.
  • If, and only if, a student is eligible, an estimated MAP grant will appear on the financial aid award letter from their college.
how is the award amount determined
How is the award amount determined?
  • The actual amount of the award given each term to a student depends on:
    • The calculation of financial need
    • The cost of tuition and mandatory fees at the student’s college of choice
    • The number of hours for which the student is enrolled
    • Other factors related to the amount of funding provided for the program each year.
  • A students announced grant amount can increase or decrease throughout the academic year.
fy2014 budget appropriations for higher education
FY2014 Budget Appropriations for Higher Education
  • The budget approved by the Governor maintains essentially flat funding for higher education.
    • The budget increases general fund appropriations for higher education operations and grants by $11.5 million, or 0.6 percent.
    • The budget focuses on maintaining funding in three key areas:  
    • 1. Funding for public universities is increased by $2.1 million and $6.2 million is reallocated based on performance
    • 2. Funding for community college grants and initiatives is increased by $3.4 million or 1.2 percent
    • 3. Funding for the Monetary Award program (MAP) is increased by $1.9 million or 0.5 percent.
fy2014 budget appropriations for higher education1
FY2014 Budget Appropriations for Higher Education
  • Fiscal year 2013 marked the introduction of performance-based funding
    • State resources are now allocated to public institutions of higher education based upon performance in achieving state goals related to student success and certificate and degree completion.
    • A ramification of IBHE’sPublic Agenda for College and Career Success
      • The Board will be continuing to prioritize its funding recommendations toward achieving the four goals of the Public Agenda.
pension squeeze
  • What is the problem:
    • Currently, Illinois’ pension system faces $83 billion in unfunded liability – the worst in the nation. This deficit is expected to grow to more than $92 billion by the end of FY 2013 unless major reforms are enacted.
  • The effects of the pension squeeze:
    • Impacts every part of the state budget, eating up money from:
      • Schools,
      • Health care
      • Social services.
    • Citied in the decisions for several downgrades of Illinois’ credit rating, including public universities’ ratings.
the pension squeeze and higher education
The Pension Squeeze and Higher Education
  • Governor Quinn has released a study showing that pension inaction will likely result in significant funding reductions to higher education in
    • According to an analysis conducted by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), approximately 26,000 students may not have the needed resources to go to college in five years due to projected reductions to MAP grant funding.
  • Governor Quinn’s Plan:
    • gradual normal cost realignment
      • would alleviate funding pressure for state universities and community colleges
      • State colleges and universities are in support
  • According to the data, universities and community colleges will face reductions that greatly exceed any normal cost expenses they would gradually assume under the governor’s pension reform plan.
    • For example: state universities and community colleges are projected to assume $21.3 million in new normal pension costs in FY 2014. If comprehensive pension reform with normal cost realignment is not enacted, the analysis shows that state universities and community colleges could see more than $60 million in reductions in FY 2014.
  • The General Assembly has formed a conference committee to try to bridge the differences between the House and the Senate
ibhe public agenda

Spring of 2007: ILGA passed House Joint Resolution 69 which created the Task Force on Higher Education and the Economy to study the challenges and opportunities facing higher education, the state's workforce needs, demographic trends, higher education funding, and student financial aid.

On December 9, 2008, the Board unanimously endorsed the Public Agenda as the blueprint to guide education policy from preschool to graduate school in Illinois for the next decade.

ibhe public agenda1
IBHE Public Agenda
  • Documents that Illinois has become divided into two states: one educated and prosperous, the other struggling to achieve educational success and financial security.
  • Is the pathway to one Illinois, where all residents have affordable access to high-quality educational opportunities that prepare them for the jobs of the present and the future.
  • Sets forth 4 goals designed to eliminate barriers and foster opportunities for all Illinoisans to achieve their educational aspirations and to build an economically vibrant and competitive state of Illinois
ibhe public agenda2
  • 4 Goals:
    • Goal 1: Increase educational attainment to match the best-performing states and world countries.
    • Goal 2: Ensure college affordability for students, families, and taxpayers.
    • Goal 3: Increase production of high-quality postsecondary credentials to meet the demands of the economy and an increasingly global society.
    • Goal 4: Better integrate Illinois’ educational, research, and innovation assets to meet the economic needs of the state and its regions.
what will success look like
What will success look like?
  • Illinois’ populace will be among the best educated in the world.
    • Illinois will be among the in the proportion of its population with a high school diploma and college credentials.
    • It will narrow the achievement gap by race at all stages of the educational pipeline
    • Increase college attainment for persons of color and those with disabilities
    • It will rank among the top states in number of adult learners with college credentials
    • Raise college attainment in underserved geographic regions of the state to levels of the best-performing counties.
  • Illinois will be one of the five most affordable states in the nation in which to pursue a college education.
    • Illinois will reduce the proportion of family income needed to pay for college for the lowest income quintile to compete with the best-performing states.
    • The average student debt load will be in line with leading states.
    • The college participation rate for low-income students will rise annually to the level of the top states.
  • Illinois will have a well-educated workforce with the skills and competencies to compete in the modern economy.
    • Illinois will increase the number of people with quality postsecondary credentials, with particular emphasis on fields of critical skills shortages such as, nursing, allied health professions, and information technology.
    • Barriers will be removed that inhibit transfer between associate and bachelor degree levels
  • Illinois will rank among the five top states in economic growth and vitality.
    • Illinois will use its vast research, education and training, and innovation assets as the spark plug to spur entrepreneurial activity and economic expansion.


And interviews for people who want to be considered for subcommittee chair positions.

updates from the last ibhe meeting




subcommittee meetings


Academic Affairs, Room 8009

Access And diversity, room 8011

Budget, Room 8014

Non-Academics, 8010

Special Ops, 8010

committee of the whole


SUB-COMMITTEE Chair reports

Final comments

our next meeting


November 2, 2013

University of Illinois, Springfield

Invitation Coming Soon