Community Colleges Efficiency Bill Clears Hurdle in House

Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) has successfully moved a bill that would assist local community colleges with data collection practices out of a key House committee.

HB 6009 provides relief to community colleges by reducing data redundancy and eliminating data collections that are not vital to the goals established by the Illinois Community Colleges Board (ICCB),” said Hays, the Chief Sponsor of the bill. “It also removes sections of the Community College Act that are outdated, and clarifies the coordination of specific responsibilities between the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Community College Board.”

Specifically, HB 6009 would accomplish the following:
  • IBHE’s master plan for higher education would include input from the ICCB
  • Community college performance metrics would be adopted by the ICCB
  • The requirement for IBHE approval of non-instructional capital improvements and the creation of new community college districts would be eliminated
  • An outdated financial reporting system would be eliminated
  • Community college districts would report administrator and faculty salaries and benefits to the ICCB rather than to the IBHE
  • The requirement for the ICCB to approve community college funded construction projects, purchases or leases of sites, buildings, equipment, machinery or land and installment loan agreements would be eliminated (the ICCB would still approve all projects using State funds)
  • Sections of Community College Act that are outdated and refer to programs that were never funded would be eliminated
“By cleaning up the laws, our community colleges can be more efficient,” Hays said. “For example, in 2015 the ICCB approved 95 different locally-funded projects and leases, including a one dollar land purchase. These people don’t need to be spending their time micromanaging projects that are being funded locally.”

HB 6009 now moves to the House floor for a full debate and vote.