ERIC Number: ED451758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Gateway to Success: Rethinking Access and Diversity for a New Century. Report of the Committee on Access and Diversity.
Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.
In the context of Goal 4, of the Illinois Commitment, increasing access to education and student diversity, the Committee of Access and Diversity of the Illinois Board of Higher Education conducted hearings, organized focus groups, and consulted with state and national experts to study access and diversity issues. At 5 hearings 90 individuals presented nearly 13 hours of testimony, and another 9 people submitted only written testimony. Three focus groups then explored student needs. Findings show that the proportion of people going to college has risen dramatically in Illinois. About 80% of high school graduates will take college courses at some time in their lives. Although there have been increases in the rate of college participation, enrollment has remained relatively stable because of a decline in the college-age population. As more baby boomer children reach college age and more adults return to college, enrollment at Illinois colleges and universities will rise. Substantial barriers still limit access and success. These are related to precollege preparation, student costs, accessibility of resources and services, and limited English literacy. Some major policy goals are outlined: (1) expand the scope of policies and mechanisms that address access needs; (2) address the access needs of all students more fully; (3) evaluate and demonstrate how diversity promotes learning in higher education; (4) strengthen statewide efforts to support institutional diversity; and (5) expand outreach efforts to precollegiate students to promote diversity. (Contains 6 tables and 51 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois