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Full Text of SB0888  100th General Assembly


Sen. Andy Manar

Filed: 3/7/2017





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 888 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Public Community College Act is amended by
5adding Section 3-80 as follows:
6    (110 ILCS 805/3-80 new)
7    Sec. 3-80. Baccalaureate degree in nursing program.
8    (a) A board of trustees may establish and offer a
9baccalaureate-level nursing education program and confer a
10bachelor of science degree in nursing if all of the following
11conditions are met:
12        (1) The board meets all of the requirements as set
13    forth in subsection (b) of this Section and has been
14    approved by the State Board to offer a bachelor of science
15    degree in nursing.
16        (2) After the program has been approved by the State



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1    Board, the Board of Higher Education shall consider the
2    program for approval in a manner consistent with new
3    bachelor's degree programs at public and private
4    universities in this State.
5        (3) The board has been approved by the Division of
6    Professional Regulation of the Department of Financial and
7    Professional Regulation, as provided under Nurse Practice
8    Act, to offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
9        (4) The board has identified and documented, in
10    writing, unmet workforce needs in the subject area of the
11    baccalaureate degree to be offered. The board shall publish
12    on its website and make publicly available the
13    documentation and shall present the documentation to the
14    State Board.
15        (5) The community college shall hold a national
16    professional nursing accreditation, hold candidacy status
17    for the accreditation, or have applied for the
18    accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
19    Education, the Accreditation Commission for Education in
20    Nursing, or the Commission for Nursing Education
21    Accreditation.
22        (6) The community college district shall offer and
23    maintain an associate degree in nursing.
24    (b) The board shall demonstrate that the district has the
25expertise, resources, and student interest to offer a quality
26bachelor of science degree in nursing. An application for



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1approval from the State Board shall include, but is not limited
2to, all of the following:
3        (1) The board shall describe the labor market need as
4    specified in paragraph (4) of subsection (a) of this
5    Section.
6        (2) The board shall describe the program's purpose, its
7    target population, related occupations, and career paths.
8        (3) The board shall demonstrate the college has
9    developed quality curricula that aligns with federal,
10    State, and local requirements and will prepare graduates
11    with the appropriate level of skill to meet their
12    educational goals.
13        (4) The board shall verify the college has the fiscal
14    resources in place or has budgeted for financial support
15    for the program in a cost-effective manner.
16        (5) The board shall identify and document the faculty
17    available for teaching the program, including the number of
18    full-time and part-time faculty anticipated to teach in the
19    program, a description of their qualifications (including
20    highest degree earned), teaching experience, professional
21    experience, and licenses held. The board must also indicate
22    how faculty are to be evaluated.
23    (c) Community college districts shall be prohibited from
24using semester credit hours generated in baccalaureate degree
25programs for grants received pursuant to Section 2-16.02 of
26this Act.



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1    (d) Until August 31, 2022, the number of bachelor's degree
2in nursing programs approved by the State Board and the Board
3of Higher Education shall not exceed 20.
4    (e) The State Board shall conduct a statewide evaluation of
5all nursing programs established under this Section. The
6results of the evaluation shall be reported, in writing, on or
7before July 1, 2022 to all of the following:
8        (1) The Board of Higher Education.
9        (2) The Speaker of the House of Representatives.
10        (3) The Minority Leader of the House of
11    Representatives.
12        (4) The President of the Senate.
13        (5) The Minority Leader of the Senate.
14        (6) The Governor's Office of Management and Budget.
15    The evaluation shall include, but is not limited to, all of
16the following:
17        (i) The number of new programs established under this
18    Section, including information identifying applicants,
19    admissions, enrollments, demographic characteristics of
20    students, and degree recipients.
21        (ii) The extent to which the programs established under
22    this Section fulfill identified workforce needs.
23        (iii) Information on the pace of employment of students
24    and the subsequent job placement of graduates.
25        (iv) Which districts applied for a bachelor's degree in
26    nursing program but were denied and why were they denied.



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1        (v) The cost of each bachelor's degree in nursing
2    program and the funding sources that were used to finance
3    these programs.
4        (vi) Time-to-degree rates and completion rates for
5    each new program established under this Section.
6        (vii) The extent to which the programs established
7    under this Section are in compliance with the requirements
8    of this Section.
9    Boards of trustees shall submit the information necessary
10to conduct the evaluation required under this subsection (e),
11as determined by the evaluators, to the State Board.
12    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
13becoming law.".