Illinois (ECWd) -
Once again, let me begin by stating, "you can't make this stuff up!"
A recent board meeting of the Illinois Community College Board pointed to problems they are facing due to the States budget matters, and some of those concerns may affect community colleges in this state and students in a big way.
For those not familiar with who the ICCB is, they are the oversite board for all community colleges in this state. The same ones who required financial reimbursements from the College of DuPage after issues with the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy landed them on probation with the Higher Learning Commission.
Now we find that the ICCB will only be doing "desk" monitoring, as in they will no longer be traveling to the campuses of our state's Community colleges. I have to ask, how do you monitor your community colleges from a desk in an office?
They also note that they are low on paper, out of postage, and light bulbs! I wonder, how do you "desk" monitor our community colleges without light bulbs?
I digress! If they have no light bulbs does that mean they saved money on their electric bill? Such savings can surely pay for the postage they may need. Could the paper problem be resolved by borrowing from another state agency that is not doing their job either?
Wait, are we really talking about paper, light bulbs and postage?
These state budget problems could have a direct impact on the College of DuPage who is currently on the Higher Learning Commission probation status for their accreditation as well as other community colleges.
According to the ICCB, "The HLC will be conducting their accreditation visits to the community colleges, which is a very expensive visit incurred by the community colleges. The outcome will leave most of the colleges as non-accredited due to the lack of funding by the state."
We are working on finding out why any of these community colleges are going to lose their accreditation and will update as soon as we can find anyone to go on the record on this matter.
See page 2 and 3 of the ICCB minutes for the applicable matters discussed in this article.