task force to study Illinois community colleges
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[SEPT. 9, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- Guy Alongi, chairman of the
Illinois Community College Board, recently announced the
formation of the Joint Task Force on Community Colleges. The task
force was created by a House joint resolution passed by both the
House and Senate during the General Assembly's spring session.
The task force will be
co-chaired by state Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, and state
Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Des Plaines. Representing Republicans are
Sen. David Luechtefeld of Okawville and Rep. Sandra Pihos of Glen
According to the resolution, the purpose of the task force
is to review the community college system and make recommendations
to General Assembly regarding the demands on the system and the role
it will play in the future.
hearing of the task force was on Wednesday at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago.
"This joint task force presents the Illinois Community College
System with the opportunity to demonstrate to the legislators the
vital role it plays in higher education," said Alongi.
The resolution calls for the task force to consist of 12 members,
besides the co-chairs and spokesmen, representing community college
presidents, trustees, faculty, students and a nationally recognized
expert on community colleges. The task force will file its final
report with the General Assembly by Dec. 31.
Representing community college presidents on the task force are
Charles Guengerich, president of Wilbur Wright College; Alice
Jacobs, president of Danville Area Community College; and another
community college president to be named soon. Representing community
college trustees are Richard Anderson, College of Lake County;
Albert Tyson, City Colleges of Chicago; and Kathy Wessel, College of
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Representing faculty are Bill Naegele of South Suburban College
and Kevin Westin of Rend Lake College. Student members of the task
force are Todd Rauch from Lake Land College and Brian Savage from
Joliet Junior College.
The two members appointed by Alongi are David Pierce, past
president of the American Association of Community Colleges, and
Gregory Baise, president and chief executive officer of the Illinois
The Illinois Community College System is the third-largest
community college system in the nation and comprises 48 community
colleges in 39 districts covering all of Illinois. Illinois
community colleges annually serve approximately a million students
in college transfer courses, work force development, continuing
education and adult education programs.
The Illinois Community College Board is the state coordinating
board for community colleges. It comprises a chairman and 10 other
members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the
Senate, and a nonvoting student member appointed by the Student
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