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Full Text of HB2464  102nd General Assembly

HB2464 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY


 


 
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
HB2464

 

Introduced 2/19/2021, by Rep. Deanne M. Mazzochi

 

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
 
110 ILCS 305/120 new
110 ILCS 520/100 new
110 ILCS 660/5-210 new
110 ILCS 665/10-210 new
110 ILCS 670/15-210 new
110 ILCS 675/20-215 new
110 ILCS 680/25-210 new
110 ILCS 685/30-220 new
110 ILCS 690/35-215 new

    Amends various Acts relating to the governance of public universities in Illinois. Requires the governing board of each public university to ensure the existence of a tenure track for a defined percentage, to be set by board policy, of undergraduate faculty in which the criteria for securing tenure shall be predominantly devoted to (1) excellence in teaching, (2) demonstrated fluency with and competency in the foundational texts within the field being taught and the ability to convey them to students, (3) an instructional style that adapts readily to student needs, interests, and problems, and (4) the demonstration of a constant improvement mindset. Provides that the board shall have ultimate authority over the substantive decision of whether a specific individual should, or should not, secure tenure.


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1    AN ACT concerning education.
 
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
 
4    Section 5. The University of Illinois Act is amended by
5adding Section 120 as follows:
 
6    (110 ILCS 305/120 new)
7    Sec. 120. Faculty tenure.
8    (a) The Board of Trustees shall ensure the existence of a
9tenure track for a defined percentage, to be set by Board
10policy, of undergraduate faculty in which the criteria for
11securing tenure shall be predominantly devoted to all of the
12following:
13        (1) Excellence in teaching, as evidenced by:
14            (A) setting high standards for students that help
15        them attain academic excellence;
16            (B) student comprehension and understanding of the
17        material, including grade distributions if requested
18        by the Board;
19            (C) assigning a rigorous quantity of work; and
20            (D) requiring high quality work from students to
21        succeed in class.
22        (2) Demonstrated fluency with and competency in the
23    foundational texts within the field being taught and the

 

 

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1    ability to convey them to students, which may be evidenced
2    by:
3            (A) academic history;
4            (B) course descriptions and syllabi for courses
5        taught and the number of students taught;
6            (C) a statement of teaching philosophy; and
7            (D) peer evaluations.
8        (3) An instructional style that adapts readily to
9    student needs, interests, and problems, including actively
10    working with individual students to help them improve
11    their scholarly or artistic performance.
12        (4) The demonstration of a constant improvement
13    mindset, including through the use of data and research
14    identifying methods to improve student outcomes.
15    (b) The Board shall have ultimate authority over the
16substantive decision of whether a specific individual should,
17or should not, secure tenure under this Section.
 
18    Section 10. The Southern Illinois University Management
19Act is amended by adding Section 100 as follows:
 
20    (110 ILCS 520/100 new)
21    Sec. 100. Faculty tenure.
22    (a) The Board shall ensure the existence of a tenure track
23for a defined percentage, to be set by Board policy, of
24undergraduate faculty in which the criteria for securing

 

 

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1tenure shall be predominantly devoted to all of the following:
2        (1) Excellence in teaching, as evidenced by:
3            (A) setting high standards for students that help
4        them attain academic excellence;
5            (B) student comprehension and understanding of the
6        material, including grade distributions if requested
7        by the Board;
8            (C) assigning a rigorous quantity of work; and
9            (D) requiring high quality work from students to
10        succeed in class.
11        (2) Demonstrated fluency with and competency in the
12    foundational texts within the field being taught and the
13    ability to convey them to students, which may be evidenced
14    by:
15            (A) academic history;
16            (B) course descriptions and syllabi for courses
17        taught and the number of students taught;
18            (C) a statement of teaching philosophy; and
19            (D) peer evaluations.
20        (3) An instructional style that adapts readily to
21    student needs, interests, and problems, including actively
22    working with individual students to help them improve
23    their scholarly or artistic performance.
24        (4) The demonstration of a constant improvement
25    mindset, including through the use of data and research
26    identifying methods to improve student outcomes.

 

 

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1    (b) The Board shall have ultimate authority over the
2substantive decision of whether a specific individual should,
3or should not, secure tenure under this Section.
 
4    Section 15. The Chicago State University Law is amended by
5adding Section 5-210 as follows:
 
6    (110 ILCS 660/5-210 new)
7    Sec. 5-210. Faculty tenure.
8    (a) The Board shall ensure the existence of a tenure track
9for a defined percentage, to be set by Board policy, of
10undergraduate faculty in which the criteria for securing
11tenure shall be predominantly devoted to all of the following:
12        (1) Excellence in teaching, as evidenced by:
13            (A) setting high standards for students that help
14        them attain academic excellence;
15            (B) student comprehension and understanding of the
16        material, including grade distributions if requested
17        by the Board;
18            (C) assigning a rigorous quantity of work; and
19            (D) requiring high quality work from students to
20        succeed in class.
21        (2) Demonstrated fluency with and competency in the
22    foundational texts within the field being taught and the
23    ability to convey them to students, which may be evidenced
24    by:

 

 

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1            (A) academic history;
2            (B) course descriptions and syllabi for courses
3        taught and the number of students taught;
4            (C) a statement of teaching philosophy; and
5            (D) peer evaluations.
6        (3) An instructional style that adapts readily to
7    student needs, interests, and problems, including actively
8    working with individual students to help them improve
9    their scholarly or artistic performance.
10        (4) The demonstration of a constant improvement
11    mindset, including through the use of data and research
12    identifying methods to improve student outcomes.
13    (b) The Board shall have ultimate authority over the
14substantive decision of whether a specific individual should,
15or should not, secure tenure under this Section.
 
16    Section 20. The Eastern Illinois University Law is amended
17by adding Section 10-210 as follows:
 
18    (110 ILCS 665/10-210 new)
19    Sec. 10-210. Faculty tenure.
20    (a) The Board shall ensure the existence of a tenure track
21for a defined percentage, to be set by Board policy, of
22undergraduate faculty in which the criteria for securing
23tenure shall be predominantly devoted to all of the following:
24        (1) Excellence in teaching, as evidenced by:

 

 

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1            (A) setting high standards for students that help
2        them attain academic excellence;
3            (B) student comprehension and understanding of the
4        material, including grade distributions if requested
5        by the Board;
6            (C) assigning a rigorous quantity of work; and
7            (D) requiring high quality work from students to
8        succeed in class.
9        (2) Demonstrated fluency with and competency in the
10    foundational texts within the field being taught and the
11    ability to convey them to students, which may be evidenced
12    by:
13            (A) academic history;
14            (B) course descriptions and syllabi for courses
15        taught and the number of students taught;
16            (C) a statement of teaching philosophy; and
17            (D) peer evaluations.
18        (3) An instructional style that adapts readily to
19    student needs, interests, and problems, including actively
20    working with individual students to help them improve
21    their scholarly or artistic performance.
22        (4) The demonstration of a constant improvement
23    mindset, including through the use of data and research
24    identifying methods to improve student outcomes.
25    (b) The Board shall have ultimate authority over the
26substantive decision of whether a specific individual should,

 

 

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1or should not, secure tenure under this Section.
 
2    Section 25. The Governors State University Law is amended
3by adding Section 15-210 as follows:
 
4    (110 ILCS 670/15-210 new)
5    Sec. 15-210. Faculty tenure.
6    (a) The Board shall ensure the existence of a tenure track
7for a defined percentage, to be set by Board policy, of
8undergraduate faculty in which the criteria for securing
9tenure shall be predominantly devoted to all of the following:
10        (1) Excellence in teaching, as evidenced by:
11            (A) setting high standards for students that help
12        them attain academic excellence;
13            (B) student comprehension and understanding of the
14        material, including grade distributions if requested
15        by the Board;
16            (C) assigning a rigorous quantity of work; and
17            (D) requiring high quality work from students to
18        succeed in class.
19        (2) Demonstrated fluency with and competency in the
20    foundational texts within the field being taught and the
21    ability to convey them to students, which may be evidenced
22    by:
23            (A) academic history;
24            (B) course descriptions and syllabi for courses

 

 

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1        taught and the number of students taught;
2            (C) a statement of teaching philosophy; and
3            (D) peer evaluations.
4        (3) An instructional style that adapts readily to
5    student needs, interests, and problems, including actively
6    working with individual students to help them improve
7    their scholarly or artistic performance.
8        (4) The demonstration of a constant improvement
9    mindset, including through the use of data and research
10    identifying methods to improve student outcomes.
11    (b) The Board shall have ultimate authority over the
12substantive decision of whether a specific individual should,
13or should not, secure tenure under this Section.
 
14    Section 30. The Illinois State University Law is amended
15by adding Section 20-215 as follows:
 
16    (110 ILCS 675/20-215 new)
17    Sec. 20-215. Faculty tenure.
18    (a) The Board shall ensure the existence of a tenure track
19for a defined percentage, to be set by Board policy, of
20undergraduate faculty in which the criteria for securing
21tenure shall be predominantly devoted to all of the following:
22        (1) Excellence in teaching, as evidenced by:
23            (A) setting high standards for students that help
24        them attain academic excellence;

 

 

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1            (B) student comprehension and understanding of the
2        material, including grade distributions if requested
3        by the Board;
4            (C) assigning a rigorous quantity of work; and
5            (D) requiring high quality work from students to
6        succeed in class.
7        (2) Demonstrated fluency with and competency in the
8    foundational texts within the field being taught and the
9    ability to convey them to students, which may be evidenced
10    by:
11            (A) academic history;
12            (B) course descriptions and syllabi for courses
13        taught and the number of students taught;
14            (C) a statement of teaching philosophy; and
15            (D) peer evaluations.
16        (3) An instructional style that adapts readily to
17    student needs, interests, and problems, including actively
18    working with individual students to help them improve
19    their scholarly or artistic performance.
20        (4) The demonstration of a constant improvement
21    mindset, including through the use of data and research
22    identifying methods to improve student outcomes.
23    (b) The Board shall have ultimate authority over the
24substantive decision of whether a specific individual should,
25or should not, secure tenure under this Section.
 

 

 

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1    Section 35. The Northeastern Illinois University Law is
2amended by adding Section 25-210 as follows:
 
3    (110 ILCS 680/25-210 new)
4    Sec. 25-210. Faculty tenure.
5    (a) The Board shall ensure the existence of a tenure track
6for a defined percentage, to be set by Board policy, of
7undergraduate faculty in which the criteria for securing
8tenure shall be predominantly devoted to all of the following:
9        (1) Excellence in teaching, as evidenced by:
10            (A) setting high standards for students that help
11        them attain academic excellence;
12            (B) student comprehension and understanding of the
13        material, including grade distributions if requested
14        by the Board;
15            (C) assigning a rigorous quantity of work; and
16            (D) requiring high quality work from students to
17        succeed in class.
18        (2) Demonstrated fluency with and competency in the
19    foundational texts within the field being taught and the
20    ability to convey them to students, which may be evidenced
21    by:
22            (A) academic history;
23            (B) course descriptions and syllabi for courses
24        taught and the number of students taught;
25            (C) a statement of teaching philosophy; and

 

 

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1            (D) peer evaluations.
2        (3) An instructional style that adapts readily to
3    student needs, interests, and problems, including actively
4    working with individual students to help them improve
5    their scholarly or artistic performance.
6        (4) The demonstration of a constant improvement
7    mindset, including through the use of data and research
8    identifying methods to improve student outcomes.
9    (b) The Board shall have ultimate authority over the
10substantive decision of whether a specific individual should,
11or should not, secure tenure under this Section.
 
12    Section 40. The Northern Illinois University Law is
13amended by adding Section 30-220 as follows:
 
14    (110 ILCS 685/30-220 new)
15    Sec. 30-220. Faculty tenure.
16    (a) The Board shall ensure the existence of a tenure track
17for a defined percentage, to be set by Board policy, of
18undergraduate faculty in which the criteria for securing
19tenure shall be predominantly devoted to all of the following:
20        (1) Excellence in teaching, as evidenced by:
21            (A) setting high standards for students that help
22        them attain academic excellence;
23            (B) student comprehension and understanding of the
24        material, including grade distributions if requested

 

 

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1        by the Board;
2            (C) assigning a rigorous quantity of work; and
3            (D) requiring high quality work from students to
4        succeed in class.
5        (2) Demonstrated fluency with and competency in the
6    foundational texts within the field being taught and the
7    ability to convey them to students, which may be evidenced
8    by:
9            (A) academic history;
10            (B) course descriptions and syllabi for courses
11        taught and the number of students taught;
12            (C) a statement of teaching philosophy; and
13            (D) peer evaluations.
14        (3) An instructional style that adapts readily to
15    student needs, interests, and problems, including actively
16    working with individual students to help them improve
17    their scholarly or artistic performance.
18        (4) The demonstration of a constant improvement
19    mindset, including through the use of data and research
20    identifying methods to improve student outcomes.
21    (b) The Board shall have ultimate authority over the
22substantive decision of whether a specific individual should,
23or should not, secure tenure under this Section.
 
24    Section 45. The Western Illinois University Law is amended
25by adding Section 35-215 as follows:
 

 

 

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1    (110 ILCS 690/35-215 new)
2    Sec. 35-215. Faculty tenure.
3    (a) The Board shall ensure the existence of a tenure track
4for a defined percentage, to be set by Board policy, of
5undergraduate faculty in which the criteria for securing
6tenure shall be predominantly devoted to all of the following:
7        (1) Excellence in teaching, as evidenced by:
8            (A) setting high standards for students that help
9        them attain academic excellence;
10            (B) student comprehension and understanding of the
11        material, including grade distributions if requested
12        by the Board;
13            (C) assigning a rigorous quantity of work; and
14            (D) requiring high quality work from students to
15        succeed in class.
16        (2) Demonstrated fluency with and competency in the
17    foundational texts within the field being taught and the
18    ability to convey them to students, which may be evidenced
19    by:
20            (A) academic history;
21            (B) course descriptions and syllabi for courses
22        taught and the number of students taught;
23            (C) a statement of teaching philosophy; and
24            (D) peer evaluations.
25        (3) An instructional style that adapts readily to

 

 

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1    student needs, interests, and problems, including actively
2    working with individual students to help them improve
3    their scholarly or artistic performance.
4        (4) The demonstration of a constant improvement
5    mindset, including through the use of data and research
6    identifying methods to improve student outcomes.
7    (b) The Board shall have ultimate authority over the
8substantive decision of whether a specific individual should,
9or should not, secure tenure under this Section.