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Disabilities Advisory Committee (DAC). Illinois Board of Higher Education Board Meeting December 4, 2007. Antecedents to the DAC. Underrepresented Groups report to Governor & General Assembly

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disabilities advisory committee dac

Disabilities Advisory Committee (DAC)

Illinois Board of Higher Education

Board Meeting

December 4, 2007

antecedents to the dac
Antecedents to the DAC
  • Underrepresented Groups report to Governor & General Assembly
    • Annual report with plans/strategies for increasing participation and advancement of minorities, women and students with disabilities
  • Pivotal leadership of Mr. James Kaplan, former IBHE chair
  • Gateway to Success: Rethinking Access and Diversity for a New Century
    • A seminal study submitted in August 2001
creation of the dac
Creation of the DAC
  • Committee organized in February 2004
  • Charged to advise IBHE on policy matters – serving students with disabilities effectively
  • Membership - disability providers and experts from universities and community colleges and a rep of students and ISBE. IBHE liaison assigned.
  • Working on recruiting rep of independent inst.
ibhe grant support history
IBHE Grant Support - History
  • Funds allocated total approximately $1.0 million since FY 2003
  • Examples of projects funded:
    • Conference on Accommodative Teaching and Assistive Technology
    • Transition support programs
    • Training for meeting needs of multicultural, visually impaired students
    • Promotion of web accessibility (ongoing)
    • Systematic data collection/metrics on students with disabilities (ongoing)
disabilities advisory committee current goals outcomes
Disabilities Advisory CommitteeCurrent Goals & Outcomes
  • Promoting better data collection and reporting on students with disabilities
    • Collaborated in the modification of the Shared Enrollment and Graduation data base to track students with disabilities
    • Working on development of disability metrics data collection systems/surveys
  • Funding for Disability Service operations, especially high cost & time intensive services
    • Collaborated with the ICCB on the Student Success grant
disabilities advisory committee current goals outcomes6
Disabilities Advisory CommitteeCurrent Goals & Outcomes
  • Promoting increased web accessibility
    • Collaborated in training, information dissemination and advocacy throughout state
    • Recommending new reporting standards for Underrepresented Groups report (see handout)
  • Capacity building for Disability Service providers
    • Collaborated with Interagency Coordinating Council and disabilityworks
    • Collaborated with IBHE and ICCB on issues related to serving students with cognitive and developmental disabilities
future plans
Future Plans
  • Web Accessibility (HECA grant project)
    • Recommending adoption by IBHE of the proposed web accessibility reporting requirements created by an Illinois consortium of colleges
      • http://www.cita.uiuc.edu/collaborate/illinois/docs/ibhe-web-reports.html (see handout also)
    • IBHE – HECA Disability Metrics project anticipates recommending new data collection as part of Underrepresented Groups report: annual admin report & registered students report; provide tools/manual for other tracking of entering students, alumni
    • Implementation of the state’s new IT Accessibility Act
current members of the dac
Tom Thompson, Chair Harper College

Brad Hedrick, UIUC

Sue Ouellette, NIU

Kathleen Plesko, SIUC

Michael Whitney, SIUC

Debra Watkins, Chicago City Colleges

Student representative to be appointed

Ocheng Jany, IBHE

Karen Hunter-Anderson, ICCB

Victoria Amey-Flippin, NEIU

Beth Hanselman, ISBE

Harriett Shaikes, College of Lake County

Peg Kennedy, Olney Central College

Current members of the DAC