Statewide Plan for Workforce Development (Summary of Public Hearings) IHA Small and Rural Membership Meeting April 14, 2009
IHA Participation in 2008 • Six Public Agenda Task Force Meetings • 17 Public Agenda Regional Forums at Community Colleges • Six Public Agenda Hearings at Public Universities • Plus Board Meetings Thank you IHA Representatives!
29,363 to 61,748 23,910 to 29,363 19,953 to 23,910 10,742 to 19,953 Geography of Wealth in Illinois Personal Income per Capita, 2006(Public Use Microdata Areas)
Education Ladder & Diversity Percent Educational Attainment of Population Age 25-64 By Race/Ethnicity—Illinois, 2005
A Tale of Two States • One Illinois is well off, well educated, economically dynamic, with a seemingly bright future. • The other Illinois struggles to make ends meet, lags in educational attainment, and is economically stagnant. Between these two states is a prosperity gap that is wide and growing and the direct result of disparities in educational attainment by race, ethnicity, income, and region.
Vision • Illinois will provide effective and quality education for all people. The Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success 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.
Vision for Illinois • Its populace will be among the best educated in the world. • It will be one of the five most affordable states in the nation in which to pursue a college education. • It will have a well-educated workforce with the skills and competencies to compete in the modern economy. • It will rank among the five top states in economic growth and vitality.
Healthcare • Increase the number of postsecondary degrees in fields of critical skills shortages Occupations with Most Average Annual Openings, from 2004 to 2014—Some College or Associate Degree Required, Illinois
Expand Capacity • Establish expansion grants for critical fields funded through regional public/private partnerships. • Increase targeted funding to increase capacity and increase the number of degrees in critical needs areas. • Increase incentives for students to enter and complete degree programs in critical needs areas, particularly aimed at underemployed and displaced workers. • Provide financial incentives for baccalaureate completion programs on or near community college campuses through partnerships between two-year and four-year institutions. • Increase incentives for faculty in critical fields to remain in the classroom. • Establish a timetable for review of critical fields needs across the state and by region.
Future In one sense, the report is a significant accomplishment – the concerted effort to understand the challenges and opportunities facing Illinois, and to chart a course for meeting them. But, nothing will have been accomplished if the report sits on a shelf. Therefore, more importantly, the report represents a beginning – a call to arms for students, parents, educators, labor unions, business executives, civic leaders, philanthropic organizations, state agencies, and elected officials from local school boards to the General Assembly and Governor. The Public Agenda for College and Career Success can make Illinois one state that is ready to face the future. Carrie J. Hightman IBHE Chairwoman
Judy Erwin, Executive DirectorKaren Helland, Assistant DirectorIllinois Board of Higher Education431 East Adams, Second Floor Springfield, Illinois 62701www.ibhe.org(217) 782-2551