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State Leaders

State education policy officials include the following:

Beth Purvis, Secretary of Education
Karen Hunter Anderson, Executive Director, Illinois Community College Board
Randy Dunn, President of Southern Illinois University
Timothy L. Killeen, President of University of Illinois System
Eric Zarnikow, Executive Director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Policy Highlights

State Attainment Goal: 60% of 25-64 year olds will have a college degree by 2025. Learn more about how states can “Set An Attainment Goal.” Also, find out more about Illinois’s attainment goal and see other states’ attainment goals.

Illinois’ Monetary Award Program (MAP) is a need-based grant program that includes credit hours as an eligibility requirement. Learn more about how states Implement Comprehensive Financial Aid.

Illinois publicly reports completion data for all of its public institutions and all of its private institutions. See 50-State Table on Completion Data and learn more about how states Measure Progress.

In recent years, political gridlock in Illinois has taken a toll on funding for public higher education. This brief sheds light on how past policies and funding patterns impact the current environment in Illinois, including changes in state support, spending patterns, tuition, and financial aid over the last decade. The report concludes with incisive analysis that could inform a durable policy and investment framework to help Illinois meet the state attainment goal and the real needs of local communities and employers.

Stronger Nation State Attainment Data

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