State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, With the closing of Northwestern Illinois Dental
 3    School,  Illinois   public   universities   have   the   sole
 4    responsibility  of educating the future dentists in Illinois;
 5    and

 6        WHEREAS, Dental education  plays  an  important  role  in
 7    developing this quality work force; and

 8        WHEREAS,   Dental   education   has   as   one   of   its
 9    responsibilities  to  graduate  a  competent oral health work
10    force, and in order to meet that responsibility, it  requires
11    a  faculty that is sufficient in numbers and properly trained
12    to fulfill the program's mission of teaching,  research,  and
13    service; and

14        WHEREAS,  A physical plant is needed that will support an
15    appropriate number of faculty, staff, and students  and  must
16    include  the  latest  technology in order to provide a proper
17    environment to  educate  its  students  and  provide  quality
18    services to its patients; and

19        WHEREAS,  Dental education is experiencing an increase in
20    the number of unfilled, funded clinical faculty positions; to
21    date, the Southern Illinois University  School  of  Dentistry
22    has  six funded clinical faculty vacancies and the University
23    of  Illinois  at  Chicago  currently  has  thirteen  clinical
24    faculty vacancies; and

25        WHEREAS, Current data indicates that there are  presently
26    more  than  350  unfilled positions throughout the country; a
27    leading factor  is  the  significant  disparity  between  the
28    income  levels  of  the practicing dentist and the faculty of
29    the dental schools that exist; in  order  for  the  State  of
30    Illinois  to  successfully  compete for the limited number of
31    persons seeking faculty positions, it is imperative that  the
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 1    State dental programs close this financial gap to recruit and
 2    retain faculty; and

 3        WHEREAS,  Technology  for  delivering quality oral health
 4    care continues to change; dental education  must  be  on  the
 5    cutting  edge  in  the  use of technology in order to prepare
 6    competent graduates and  deliver  quality  care  to  all  the
 7    patients it serves; additionally, the physical resources must
 8    be constantly updated to match changes in the delivery of the
 9    curriculum;  resources  need  to  be  identified to ensure an
10    appropriate level of funding for  the  equipment  replacement
11    and facility renovations; and

12        WHEREAS,   Both  Southern  Illinois  University  and  the
13    University  of  Illinois  share  a  system  of  high  quality
14    standards; Southern Illinois  University  ranks  in  the  top
15    twenty  percent  of  all  dental  schools, ranking as high as
16    number two in the nation; the University of Illinois also has
17    an excellent performance record with a pass rate on  national
18    tests  averaging  above  ninety  percent  and  at one hundred
19    percent on one occasion; therefore, be it

22    we  request  the  Illinois Board of Higher Education with the
23    consultation of Patrick J. Ferrillo, dean of  the  School  of
24    Dentistry  at  Southern  Illinois  University,  and  Bruce S.
25    Graham, dean of the School of Dentistry at the University  of
26    Illinois  at  Chicago, to embark on a study that will address
27    the issues facing dental education in the State of  Illinois;
28    this  study  shall  include  without limitation the following
29    areas:

30        1. Recruitment and retention of qualified faculty for all
31    State oral health care programs;
32        2. Current technology required for both the physical  and
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 1    equipment needs for all State programs;
 2        3.   Retention   of   Southern  Illinois  University  and
 3    University of Illinois at Chicago graduates in the  State  of
 4    Illinois; and
 5        4.  The  role  research  should  play  in  the mission of
 6    Illinois dental schools; and be it further

 7        RESOLVED, That the Board on Higher Education shall submit
 8    its report on the study to the General Assembly on or  before
 9    October 1, 2001; and be it further

10        RESOLVED,  That  suitable  copies  of  this resolution be
11    presented to the Governor of the State of Illinois, the Board
12    of  Higher  Education,  to  the  Higher  Education  Committee
13    members of the General Assembly, to the President of Southern
14    Illinois University, and to the President of  the  University
15    of Illinois.

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