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Full Text of SB1624  102nd General Assembly

SB1624sam001 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Sen. Doris Turner

Filed: 3/29/2021

 

 


 

 


 
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1
AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 1624

2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1624 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
 
4    "Section 5. The University of Illinois Act is amended by
5changing Section 8 as follows:
 
6    (110 ILCS 305/8)  (from Ch. 144, par. 29)
7    Sec. 8. Admissions.
8    (a) (Blank).
9    (b) No In addition, commencing in the fall of 1993, no new
10student shall then or thereafter be admitted to instruction in
11any of the departments or colleges of the University unless
12such student also has satisfactorily completed:
13        (1) at least 15 units of high school coursework from
14    the following 5 categories:
15            (A) 4 years of English (emphasizing written and
16        oral communications and literature), of which up to 2

 

 

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1        years may be collegiate level instruction;
2            (B) 3 years of social studies (emphasizing history
3        and government);
4            (C) 3 years of mathematics (introductory through
5        advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or
6        fundamentals of computer programming);
7            (D) 3 years of science (laboratory sciences or
8        agricultural sciences); and
9            (E) 2 years of electives in foreign language
10        (which may be deemed to include American Sign
11        Language), music, career and technical education
12        vocational education , agricultural education, or art;
13        (2) except that institutions may admit individual
14    applicants if the institution determines through
15    assessment or through evaluation based on learning
16    outcomes of the coursework taken, including career and
17    technical education vocational education courses and
18    courses taken in a charter school established under
19    Article 27A of the School Code, that the applicant
20    demonstrates knowledge and skills substantially equivalent
21    to the knowledge and skills expected to be acquired in the
22    high school courses required for admission. The Board of
23    Trustees of the University of Illinois shall not
24    discriminate in the University's admissions process
25    against an applicant for admission because of the
26    applicant's enrollment in a charter school established

 

 

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1    under Article 27A of the School Code. Institutions may
2    also admit 1) applicants who did not have an opportunity
3    to complete the minimum college preparatory curriculum in
4    high school, and 2) educationally disadvantaged applicants
5    who are admitted to the formal organized special
6    assistance programs that are tailored to the needs of such
7    students, providing that in either case, the institution
8    incorporates in the applicant's baccalaureate curriculum
9    courses or other academic activities that compensate for
10    course deficiencies; and
11        (3) except that up to 3 of the 15 units of coursework
12    required by paragraph (1) of this subsection may be
13    distributed by deducting no more than one unit each from
14    the categories of social studies, mathematics, sciences
15    and electives and completing those 3 units in any of the 5
16    categories of coursework described in paragraph (1).
17    (c) When allocating funds, local boards of education shall
18recognize their obligation to their students to offer the
19coursework required by subsection (b).
20    (d) A student who has graduated from high school and has
21scored within the University's accepted range on the ACT or
22SAT shall not be required to take a high school equivalency
23test as a prerequisite to admission.
24    (e) The Board of Trustees shall establish an admissions
25process in which honorably discharged veterans are permitted
26to submit an application for admission to the University as a

 

 

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1freshman student enrolling in the spring semester if the
2veteran was on active duty during the fall semester. The
3University may request that the Department of Veterans'
4Affairs confirm the status of an applicant as an honorably
5discharged veteran who was on active duty during the fall
6semester.
7(Source: P.A. 98-718, eff. 1-1-15; 99-806, eff. 8-15-16.)
 
8    Section 10. The Southern Illinois University Management
9Act is amended by changing Section 8e as follows:
 
10    (110 ILCS 520/8e)  (from Ch. 144, par. 658e)
11    Sec. 8e. Admissions.
12    (a) No Commencing in the fall of 1993, no new student shall
13then or thereafter be admitted to instruction in any of the
14departments or colleges of the University unless such student
15also has satisfactorily completed:
16        (1) at least 15 units of high school coursework from
17    the following 5 categories:
18            (A) 4 years of English (emphasizing written and
19        oral communications and literature), of which up to 2
20        years may be collegiate level instruction;
21            (B) 3 years of social studies (emphasizing history
22        and government);
23            (C) 3 years of mathematics (introductory through
24        advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or

 

 

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1        fundamentals of computer programming);
2            (D) 3 years of science (laboratory sciences or
3        agricultural sciences); and
4            (E) 2 years of electives in foreign language
5        (which may be deemed to include American Sign
6        Language), music, career and technical education
7        vocational education , agricultural education, or art;
8        (2) except that institutions may admit individual
9    applicants if the institution determines through
10    assessment or through evaluation based on learning
11    outcomes of the coursework taken, including career and
12    technical education vocational education courses and
13    courses taken in a charter school established under
14    Article 27A of the School Code, that the applicant
15    demonstrates knowledge and skills substantially equivalent
16    to the knowledge and skills expected to be acquired in the
17    high school courses required for admission. The Board of
18    Trustees of Southern Illinois University shall not
19    discriminate in the University's admissions process
20    against an applicant for admission because of the
21    applicant's enrollment in a charter school established
22    under Article 27A of the School Code. Institutions may
23    also admit 1) applicants who did not have an opportunity
24    to complete the minimum college preparatory curriculum in
25    high school, and 2) educationally disadvantaged applicants
26    who are admitted to the formal organized special

 

 

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1    assistance programs that are tailored to the needs of such
2    students, providing that in either case, the institution
3    incorporates in the applicant's baccalaureate curriculum
4    courses or other academic activities that compensate for
5    course deficiencies; and
6        (3) except that up to 3 of 15 units of coursework
7    required by paragraph (1) of this subsection may be
8    distributed by deducting no more than one unit each from
9    the categories of social studies, mathematics, sciences
10    and electives and completing those 3 units in any of the 5
11    categories of coursework described in paragraph (1).
12    (b) When allocating funds, local boards of education shall
13recognize their obligation to their students to offer the
14coursework required by subsection (a).
15    (c) A student who has graduated from high school and has
16scored within the University's accepted range on the ACT or
17SAT shall not be required to take a high school equivalency
18test as a prerequisite to admission.
19    (d) The Board shall establish an admissions process in
20which honorably discharged veterans are permitted to submit an
21application for admission to the University as a freshman
22student enrolling in the spring semester if the veteran was on
23active duty during the fall semester. The University may
24request that the Department of Veterans' Affairs confirm the
25status of an applicant as an honorably discharged veteran who
26was on active duty during the fall semester.

 

 

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1(Source: P.A. 98-718, eff. 1-1-15; 99-806, eff. 8-15-16.)
 
2    Section 15. The Chicago State University Law is amended by
3changing Section 5-85 as follows:
 
4    (110 ILCS 660/5-85)
5    Sec. 5-85. Admissions.
6    (a) No new student shall be admitted to instruction in any
7of the departments or colleges of the Chicago State University
8unless such student also has satisfactorily completed:
9        (1) at least 15 units of high school coursework from
10    the following 5 categories:
11            (A) 4 years of English (emphasizing written and
12        oral communications and literature), of which up to 2
13        years may be collegiate level instruction;
14            (B) 3 years of social studies (emphasizing history
15        and government);
16            (C) 3 years of mathematics (introductory through
17        advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or
18        fundamentals of computer programming);
19            (D) 3 years of science (laboratory sciences or
20        agricultural sciences); and
21            (E) 2 years of electives in foreign language
22        (which may be deemed to include American Sign
23        Language), music, career and technical education
24        vocational education , agricultural education, or art;

 

 

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1        (2) except that Chicago State University may admit
2    individual applicants if it determines through assessment
3    or through evaluation based on learning outcomes of the
4    coursework taken, including career and technical education
5    vocational education courses and courses taken in a
6    charter school established under Article 27A of the School
7    Code, that the applicant demonstrates knowledge and skills
8    substantially equivalent to the knowledge and skills
9    expected to be acquired in the high school courses
10    required for admission. The Board of Trustees of Chicago
11    State University shall not discriminate in the
12    University's admissions process against an applicant for
13    admission because of the applicant's enrollment in a
14    charter school established under Article 27A of the School
15    Code. Chicago State University may also admit (i)
16    applicants who did not have an opportunity to complete the
17    minimum college preparatory curriculum in high school, and
18    (ii) educationally disadvantaged applicants who are
19    admitted to the formal organized special assistance
20    programs that are tailored to the needs of such students,
21    providing that in either case, the institution
22    incorporates in the applicant's baccalaureate curriculum
23    courses or other academic activities that compensate for
24    course deficiencies; and
25        (3) except that up to 3 of 15 units of coursework
26    required by paragraph (1) of this subsection may be

 

 

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1    distributed by deducting no more than one unit each from
2    the categories of social studies, mathematics, sciences
3    and electives and completing those 3 units in any of the 5
4    categories of coursework described in paragraph (1).
5    (b) When allocating funds, local boards of education shall
6recognize their obligation to their students to offer the
7coursework required by subsection (a).
8    (c) A student who has graduated from high school and has
9scored within the University's accepted range on the ACT or
10SAT shall not be required to take a high school equivalency
11test as a prerequisite to admission.
12    (d) The Board shall establish an admissions process in
13which honorably discharged veterans are permitted to submit an
14application for admission to the University as a freshman
15student enrolling in the spring semester if the veteran was on
16active duty during the fall semester. The University may
17request that the Department of Veterans' Affairs confirm the
18status of an applicant as an honorably discharged veteran who
19was on active duty during the fall semester.
20(Source: P.A. 98-718, eff. 1-1-15; 99-806, eff. 8-15-16.)
 
21    Section 20. The Eastern Illinois University Law is amended
22by changing Section 10-85 as follows:
 
23    (110 ILCS 665/10-85)
24    Sec. 10-85. Admissions.

 

 

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1    (a) No new student shall be admitted to instruction in any
2of the departments or colleges of the Eastern Illinois
3University unless such student also has satisfactorily
4completed:
5        (1) at least 15 units of high school coursework from
6    the following 5 categories:
7            (A) 4 years of English (emphasizing written and
8        oral communications and literature), of which up to 2
9        years may be collegiate level instruction;
10            (B) 3 years of social studies (emphasizing history
11        and government);
12            (C) 3 years of mathematics (introductory through
13        advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or
14        fundamentals of computer programming);
15            (D) 3 years of science (laboratory sciences or
16        agricultural sciences); and
17            (E) 2 years of electives in foreign language
18        (which may be deemed to include American Sign
19        Language), music, career and technical education
20        vocational education , agricultural education, or art;
21        (2) except that Eastern Illinois University may admit
22    individual applicants if it determines through assessment
23    or through evaluation based on learning outcomes of the
24    coursework taken, including career and technical education
25    vocational education courses and courses taken in a
26    charter school established under Article 27A of the School

 

 

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1    Code, that the applicant demonstrates knowledge and skills
2    substantially equivalent to the knowledge and skills
3    expected to be acquired in the high school courses
4    required for admission. The Board of Trustees of Eastern
5    Illinois University shall not discriminate in the
6    University's admissions process against an applicant for
7    admission because of the applicant's enrollment in a
8    charter school established under Article 27A of the School
9    Code. Eastern Illinois University may also admit (i)
10    applicants who did not have an opportunity to complete the
11    minimum college preparatory curriculum in high school, and
12    (ii) educationally disadvantaged applicants who are
13    admitted to the formal organized special assistance
14    programs that are tailored to the needs of such students,
15    providing that in either case, the institution
16    incorporates in the applicant's baccalaureate curriculum
17    courses or other academic activities that compensate for
18    course deficiencies; and
19        (3) except that up to 3 of 15 units of coursework
20    required by paragraph (1) of this subsection may be
21    distributed by deducting no more than one unit each from
22    the categories of social studies, mathematics, sciences
23    and electives and completing those 3 units in any of the 5
24    categories of coursework described in paragraph (1).
25    (b) When allocating funds, local boards of education shall
26recognize their obligation to their students to offer the

 

 

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1coursework required by subsection (a).
2    (c) A student who has graduated from high school and has
3scored within the University's accepted range on the ACT or
4SAT shall not be required to take a high school equivalency
5test as a prerequisite to admission.
6    (d) The Board shall establish an admissions process in
7which honorably discharged veterans are permitted to submit an
8application for admission to the University as a freshman
9student enrolling in the spring semester if the veteran was on
10active duty during the fall semester. The University may
11request that the Department of Veterans' Affairs confirm the
12status of an applicant as an honorably discharged veteran who
13was on active duty during the fall semester.
14(Source: P.A. 98-718, eff. 1-1-15; 99-806, eff. 8-15-16.)
 
15    Section 25. The Governors State University Law is amended
16by changing Section 15-85 as follows:
 
17    (110 ILCS 670/15-85)
18    Sec. 15-85. Admissions.
19    (a) No new student shall be admitted to instruction in any
20of the departments or colleges of the Governors State
21University unless such student also has satisfactorily
22completed:
23        (1) at least 15 units of high school coursework from
24    the following 5 categories:

 

 

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1            (A) 4 years of English (emphasizing written and
2        oral communications and literature), of which up to 2
3        years may be collegiate level instruction;
4            (B) 3 years of social studies (emphasizing history
5        and government);
6            (C) 3 years of mathematics (introductory through
7        advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or
8        fundamentals of computer programming);
9            (D) 3 years of science (laboratory sciences or
10        agricultural sciences); and
11            (E) 2 years of electives in foreign language
12        (which may be deemed to include American Sign
13        Language), music, career and technical education
14        vocational education , agricultural education, or art;
15        (2) except that Governors State University may admit
16    individual applicants if it determines through assessment
17    or through evaluation based on learning outcomes of the
18    coursework taken, including career and technical education
19    vocational education courses and courses taken in a
20    charter school established under Article 27A of the School
21    Code, that the applicant demonstrates knowledge and skills
22    substantially equivalent to the knowledge and skills
23    expected to be acquired in the high school courses
24    required for admission. The Board of Trustees of Governors
25    State University shall not discriminate in the
26    University's admissions process against an applicant for

 

 

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1    admission because of the applicant's enrollment in a
2    charter school established under Article 27A of the School
3    Code. Governors State University may also admit (i)
4    applicants who did not have an opportunity to complete the
5    minimum college preparatory curriculum in high school, and
6    (ii) educationally disadvantaged applicants who are
7    admitted to the formal organized special assistance
8    programs that are tailored to the needs of such students,
9    providing that in either case, the institution
10    incorporates in the applicant's baccalaureate curriculum
11    courses or other academic activities that compensate for
12    course deficiencies; and
13        (3) except that up to 3 of 15 units of coursework
14    required by paragraph (1) of this subsection may be
15    distributed by deducting no more than one unit each from
16    the categories of social studies, mathematics, sciences
17    and electives and completing those 3 units in any of the 5
18    categories of coursework described in paragraph (1).
19    (b) When allocating funds, local boards of education shall
20recognize their obligation to their students to offer the
21coursework required by subsection (a).
22    (c) A student who has graduated from high school and has
23scored within the University's accepted range on the ACT or
24SAT shall not be required to take a high school equivalency
25test as a prerequisite to admission.
26    (d) The Board shall establish an admissions process in

 

 

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1which honorably discharged veterans are permitted to submit an
2application for admission to the University as a freshman
3student enrolling in the spring semester if the veteran was on
4active duty during the fall semester. The University may
5request that the Department of Veterans' Affairs confirm the
6status of an applicant as an honorably discharged veteran who
7was on active duty during the fall semester.
8(Source: P.A. 98-718, eff. 1-1-15; 99-806, eff. 8-15-16.)
 
9    Section 30. The Illinois State University Law is amended
10by changing Section 20-85 as follows:
 
11    (110 ILCS 675/20-85)
12    Sec. 20-85. Admissions.
13    (a) No new student shall be admitted to instruction in any
14of the departments or colleges of the Illinois State
15University unless such student also has satisfactorily
16completed:
17        (1) at least 15 units of high school coursework from
18    the following 5 categories:
19            (A) 4 years of English (emphasizing written and
20        oral communications and literature), of which up to 2
21        years may be collegiate level instruction;
22            (B) 3 years of social studies (emphasizing history
23        and government);
24            (C) 3 years of mathematics (introductory through

 

 

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1        advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or
2        fundamentals of computer programming);
3            (D) 3 years of science (laboratory sciences or
4        agricultural sciences); and
5            (E) 2 years of electives in foreign language
6        (which may be deemed to include American Sign
7        Language), music, career and technical education
8        vocational education , agricultural education, or art;
9        (2) except that Illinois State University may admit
10    individual applicants if it determines through assessment
11    or through evaluation based on learning outcomes of the
12    coursework taken, including career and technical education
13    vocational education courses and courses taken in a
14    charter school established under Article 27A of the School
15    Code, that the applicant demonstrates knowledge and skills
16    substantially equivalent to the knowledge and skills
17    expected to be acquired in the high school courses
18    required for admission. The Board of Trustees of Illinois
19    State University shall not discriminate in the
20    University's admissions process against an applicant for
21    admission because of the applicant's enrollment in a
22    charter school established under Article 27A of the School
23    Code. Illinois State University may also admit (i)
24    applicants who did not have an opportunity to complete the
25    minimum college preparatory curriculum in high school, and
26    (ii) educationally disadvantaged applicants who are

 

 

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1    admitted to the formal organized special assistance
2    programs that are tailored to the needs of such students,
3    providing that in either case, the institution
4    incorporates in the applicant's baccalaureate curriculum
5    courses or other academic activities that compensate for
6    course deficiencies; and
7        (3) except that up to 3 of 15 units of coursework
8    required by paragraph (1) of this subsection may be
9    distributed by deducting no more than one unit each from
10    the categories of social studies, mathematics, sciences
11    and electives and completing those 3 units in any of the 5
12    categories of coursework described in paragraph (1).
13    (b) When allocating funds, local boards of education shall
14recognize their obligation to their students to offer the
15coursework required by subsection (a).
16    (c) A student who has graduated from high school and has
17scored within the University's accepted range on the ACT or
18SAT shall not be required to take a high school equivalency
19test as a prerequisite to admission.
20    (d) The Board shall establish an admissions process in
21which honorably discharged veterans are permitted to submit an
22application for admission to the University as a freshman
23student enrolling in the spring semester if the veteran was on
24active duty during the fall semester. The University may
25request that the Department of Veterans' Affairs confirm the
26status of an applicant as an honorably discharged veteran who

 

 

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1was on active duty during the fall semester.
2(Source: P.A. 98-718, eff. 1-1-15; 99-806, eff. 8-15-16.)
 
3    Section 35. The Northeastern Illinois University Law is
4amended by changing Section 25-85 as follows:
 
5    (110 ILCS 680/25-85)
6    Sec. 25-85. Admissions.
7    (a) No new student shall be admitted to instruction in any
8of the departments or colleges of the Northeastern Illinois
9University unless such student also has satisfactorily
10completed:
11        (1) at least 15 units of high school coursework from
12    the following 5 categories:
13            (A) 4 years of English (emphasizing written and
14        oral communications and literature), of which up to 2
15        years may be collegiate level instruction;
16            (B) 3 years of social studies (emphasizing history
17        and government);
18            (C) 3 years of mathematics (introductory through
19        advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or
20        fundamentals of computer programming);
21            (D) 3 years of science (laboratory sciences or
22        agricultural sciences); and
23            (E) 2 years of electives in foreign language
24        (which may be deemed to include American Sign

 

 

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1        Language), music, career and technical education
2        vocational education , agricultural education, or art;
3        (2) except that Northeastern Illinois University may
4    admit individual applicants if it determines through
5    assessment or through evaluation based on learning
6    outcomes of the coursework taken, including career and
7    technical education vocational education courses and
8    courses taken in a charter school established under
9    Article 27A of the School Code, that the applicant
10    demonstrates knowledge and skills substantially equivalent
11    to the knowledge and skills expected to be acquired in the
12    high school courses required for admission. The Board of
13    Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University shall not
14    discriminate in the University's admissions process
15    against an applicant for admission because of the
16    applicant's enrollment in a charter school established
17    under Article 27A of the School Code. Northeastern
18    Illinois University may also admit (i) applicants who did
19    not have an opportunity to complete the minimum college
20    preparatory curriculum in high school, and (ii)
21    educationally disadvantaged applicants who are admitted to
22    the formal organized special assistance programs that are
23    tailored to the needs of such students, providing that in
24    either case, the institution incorporates in the
25    applicant's baccalaureate curriculum courses or other
26    academic activities that compensate for course

 

 

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1    deficiencies; and
2        (3) except that up to 3 of 15 units of coursework
3    required by paragraph (1) of this subsection may be
4    distributed by deducting no more than one unit each from
5    the categories of social studies, mathematics, sciences
6    and electives and completing those 3 units in any of the 5
7    categories of coursework described in paragraph (1).
8    (b) When allocating funds, local boards of education shall
9recognize their obligation to their students to offer the
10coursework required by subsection (a).
11    (c) A student who has graduated from high school and has
12scored within the University's accepted range on the ACT or
13SAT shall not be required to take a high school equivalency
14test as a prerequisite to admission.
15    (d) The Board shall establish an admissions process in
16which honorably discharged veterans are permitted to submit an
17application for admission to the University as a freshman
18student enrolling in the spring semester if the veteran was on
19active duty during the fall semester. The University may
20request that the Department of Veterans' Affairs confirm the
21status of an applicant as an honorably discharged veteran who
22was on active duty during the fall semester.
23(Source: P.A. 98-718, eff. 1-1-15; 99-806, eff. 8-15-16.)
 
24    Section 40. The Northern Illinois University Law is
25amended by changing Section 30-85 as follows:
 

 

 

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1    (110 ILCS 685/30-85)
2    Sec. 30-85. Admissions.
3    (a) No new student shall be admitted to instruction in any
4of the departments or colleges of the Northern Illinois
5University unless such student also has satisfactorily
6completed:
7        (1) at least 15 units of high school coursework from
8    the following 5 categories:
9            (A) 4 years of English (emphasizing written and
10        oral communications and literature), of which up to 2
11        years may be collegiate level instruction;
12            (B) 3 years of social studies (emphasizing history
13        and government);
14            (C) 3 years of mathematics (introductory through
15        advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or
16        fundamentals of computer programming);
17            (D) 3 years of science (laboratory sciences or
18        agricultural sciences); and
19            (E) 2 years of electives in foreign language
20        (which may be deemed to include American Sign
21        Language), music, career and technical education
22        vocational education , agricultural education, or art;
23        (2) except that Northern Illinois University may admit
24    individual applicants if it determines through assessment
25    or through evaluation based on learning outcomes of the

 

 

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1    coursework taken, including career and technical education
2    vocational education courses and courses taken in a
3    charter school established under Article 27A of the School
4    Code, that the applicant demonstrates knowledge and skills
5    substantially equivalent to the knowledge and skills
6    expected to be acquired in the high school courses
7    required for admission. The Board of Trustees of Northern
8    Illinois University shall not discriminate in the
9    University's admissions process against an applicant for
10    admission because of the applicant's enrollment in a
11    charter school established under Article 27A of the School
12    Code. Northern Illinois University may also admit (i)
13    applicants who did not have an opportunity to complete the
14    minimum college preparatory curriculum in high school, and
15    (ii) educationally disadvantaged applicants who are
16    admitted to the formal organized special assistance
17    programs that are tailored to the needs of such students,
18    providing that in either case, the institution
19    incorporates in the applicant's baccalaureate curriculum
20    courses or other academic activities that compensate for
21    course deficiencies; and
22        (3) except that up to 3 of 15 units of coursework
23    required by paragraph (1) of this subsection may be
24    distributed by deducting no more than one unit each from
25    the categories of social studies, mathematics, sciences
26    and electives and completing those 3 units in any of the 5

 

 

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1    categories of coursework described in paragraph (1).
2    (b) When allocating funds, local boards of education shall
3recognize their obligation to their students to offer the
4coursework required by subsection (a).
5    (c) A student who has graduated from high school and has
6scored within the University's accepted range on the ACT or
7SAT shall not be required to take a high school equivalency
8test as a prerequisite to admission.
9    (d) The Board shall establish an admissions process in
10which honorably discharged veterans are permitted to submit an
11application for admission to the University as a freshman
12student enrolling in the spring semester if the veteran was on
13active duty during the fall semester. The University may
14request that the Department of Veterans' Affairs confirm the
15status of an applicant as an honorably discharged veteran who
16was on active duty during the fall semester.
17(Source: P.A. 98-718, eff. 1-1-15; 99-806, eff. 8-15-16.)
 
18    Section 45. The Western Illinois University Law is amended
19by changing Section 35-85 as follows:
 
20    (110 ILCS 690/35-85)
21    Sec. 35-85. Admissions.
22    (a) No new student shall be admitted to instruction in any
23of the departments or colleges of the Western Illinois
24University unless such student also has satisfactorily

 

 

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1completed:
2        (1) at least 15 units of high school coursework from
3    the following 5 categories:
4            (A) 4 years of English (emphasizing written and
5        oral communications and literature), of which up to 2
6        years may be collegiate level instruction;
7            (B) 3 years of social studies (emphasizing history
8        and government);
9            (C) 3 years of mathematics (introductory through
10        advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or
11        fundamentals of computer programming);
12            (D) 3 years of science (laboratory sciences or
13        agricultural sciences); and
14            (E) 2 years of electives in foreign language
15        (which may be deemed to include American Sign
16        Language), music, career and technical education
17        vocational education , agricultural education, or art;
18        (2) except that Western Illinois University may admit
19    individual applicants if it determines through assessment
20    or through evaluation based on learning outcomes of the
21    coursework taken, including career and technical education
22    vocational education courses and courses taken in a
23    charter school established under Article 27A of the School
24    Code, that the applicant demonstrates knowledge and skills
25    substantially equivalent to the knowledge and skills
26    expected to be acquired in the high school courses

 

 

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1    required for admission. The Board of Trustees of Western
2    Illinois University shall not discriminate in the
3    University's admissions process against an applicant for
4    admission because of the applicant's enrollment in a
5    charter school established under Article 27A of the School
6    Code. Western Illinois University may also admit (i)
7    applicants who did not have an opportunity to complete the
8    minimum college preparatory curriculum in high school, and
9    (ii) educationally disadvantaged applicants who are
10    admitted to the formal organized special assistance
11    programs that are tailored to the needs of such students,
12    providing that in either case, the institution
13    incorporates in the applicant's baccalaureate curriculum
14    courses or other academic activities that compensate for
15    course deficiencies; and
16        (3) except that up to 3 of 15 units of coursework
17    required by paragraph (1) of this subsection may be
18    distributed by deducting no more than one unit each from
19    the categories of social studies, mathematics, sciences
20    and electives and completing those 3 units in any of the 5
21    categories of coursework described in paragraph (1).
22    (b) When allocating funds, local boards of education shall
23recognize their obligation to their students to offer the
24coursework required by subsection (a).
25    (c) A student who has graduated from high school and has
26scored within the University's accepted range on the ACT or

 

 

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1SAT shall not be required to take a high school equivalency
2test as a prerequisite to admission.
3    (d) The Board shall establish an admissions process in
4which honorably discharged veterans are permitted to submit an
5application for admission to the University as a freshman
6student enrolling in the spring semester if the veteran was on
7active duty during the fall semester. The University may
8request that the Department of Veterans' Affairs confirm the
9status of an applicant as an honorably discharged veteran who
10was on active duty during the fall semester.
11(Source: P.A. 98-718, eff. 1-1-15; 99-806, eff. 8-15-16.)".