ICCTA Board Highlights
March 13, 2001

The ICCTA Board of Representatives took the following actions at its March 10, 2001, meeting at the Radisson O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois:
  • Heard a presentation from OrganizAmericaŠ, which has developed an affinity program with ICCTA to offer financial-planning services to community college employees;
  • Welcomed City Colleges of Chicago board chair James Tyree, who discussed the board's recent privatization of business services and technology;
  • Shared ideas on ways to improve the recruitment of minority faculty, including: 1) elevate the image of community colleges to make them more attractive to potential candidates; 2) take advantage of faculty exchange and minority mentor programs; 3) "grow your own" faculty candidates; 4) advertise in diverse publications; and 5) create a positive and supportive social element on campus;
  • Were presented with the following slate of candidates for ICCTA office:
    * Jack Daley (Moraine Valley) -- vice president
    * Jake Rendleman (Logan) -- secretary
    * Patti Wojcikowski (South Suburban) -- treasurer

    The ICCTA Board of Representatives will formally elect officers for 2001-2002 at its June meeting in Chicago;
  • Approved the Government Relations Committee's recommended positions on pending state legislation. ICCTA Lobby Day is scheduled for May 9 in Springfield;
  • Sought trustee input for the upcoming Illinois Community College Board funding formula study;
  • Adopted ICCTA's budget for FY 2002, which includes a 1.6 percent increase over last year;
  • Learned that ICCTA will conduct a DACUM (Develop a Curriculum) study on trustee skills this summer. Tom England (Richland) will co-chair the project with consultant Rebecca Woodhull;
  • Urged local boards to ask their lawmakers to support Gov. George Ryan's proposed FY 2002 budget, including his two-year, $250 million capital program to replace temporary facilities at community colleges. ICCB indicates that it has recommended to the Governor's office that 40 projects be funded (20 each year), and the Presidents Council is surveying the colleges on their temporary-project needs;
  • Endorsed the concept of creating a teacher-preparation partnership with the K-12 sector. Studies indicate that 44 percent of teachers started at a community college. Illinois is one of three states participating in an Education Commission of the States study on community colleges' role in addressing the anticipated teacher shortage, such as offering dual admission with university teacher-training programs, providing re-certification and alternative certification courses, and expanding scholarship and mentoring opportunities for future teachers;
  • Were informed that ICCB president/CEO Joseph Cipfl and chair Edward Duffy have met with the Chicago Tribune editorial board to discuss a recent editorial that was critical of community colleges; and
  • Were informed that five presidents are serving on an Illinois Board of Higher Education committee to study degree completion.

The next ICCTA Board of Representatives meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield. For information, contact ICCTA at 1-800-454-2282.

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