The Board of Higher Education's statutory responsibilities
- Analyzing the aims, needs, and requirements of Illinois
higher education and, as a result, modifying the master
plan that guides development of the state's system of public
and private colleges and universities.
- Recommending to the Governor and General Assembly budgets
for operations and grants and for capital improvements for
higher education institutions and agencies.
- Approving or rejecting proposals by public university
governing boards and the Illinois Community College Board
for new units of instruction, research, or public service;
also, reviewing existing instruction, research, and public
service programs to determine their continued educational
and economic justification.
- Granting authority to operate and authority to grant degrees
for independent and out-of-state institutions.
- Administering state and federal higher education grant
programs, including the Higher Education Cooperation Act,
the Health Services Education Grants Act,
the Illinois Cooperative Work Study Act, the
State Matching Grant, the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Program,the federal No Child Left Behind - Improving Teacher Quality State Grant Program, the Nurse Educator Fellowship Program, and the Nursing School Grant Program.
- Maintaining a state university and college information
system of timely, comprehensive, and meaningful data about
Illinois higher education.