Hays Bill That Improves Efficiency of Data Collection for Community Colleges Signed into Law

Legislation sponsored by State Representative Chad Hays (R-Catlin) that will increase the efficiency of data collection practices for Illinois’ community colleges has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

HB 6009, now known as Public Act 99-0655, reduces data redundancy and eliminates data collections that are not vital to the goals established by the Illinois Community Colleges Board (ICCB). The new law also removes sections of the Community College Act that are outdated, and clarifies the coordination of specific responsibilities between the Illinois State Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Community College Board.

“This is a common sense initiative that will bring a new level of efficiency to our institutions of higher learning,” said Hays. “By removing archaic requirements and duplicated services, and streamlining the data collection process, our community colleges are granted more autonomy, and administrators receive relief from burdensome paperwork that is not necessary.”

Hays went on to say that by cleaning up the Board of Higher Education Act and the Public Community College Act, community colleges will be able to refocus on issues that directly benefit teaching and learning. “One great example is from 2015, when the ICCB approved 95 different locally-funded projects and leases, including a one dollar land purchase,” Hays said. “These people don’t need to be spending their time micromanaging projects that are funded locally. It was not a good use of their time.”

The provisions of the new law took effect on July 1 of this year.