March 15, 2011
SPRINGFIELD -- Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today testified before the Senate Higher Education Committee in support of SB 1773, which would create a performance funding system for community colleges and state universities. As the Governor’s point person on education reform, Simon is working to increase the proportion of working-age adults with college certificates and degrees to 60 percent from 41 percent by 2025. She said that tying state resources to increased completion rates provides an incentive for schools to focus not just on boosting enrollment but on improving student success.
Simon said: “Higher education is what makes the American Dream possible. It allows people from all backgrounds to develop their abilities and build their lives. Now is the time for Illinois to develop a stronger higher education system, one that prepares our citizens for the highly skilled jobs of the future. SB1773 addresses the common sense idea that while we want to continue to promote college accessibility, we also want to promote completing the course, earning the certificate and achieving an advanced degree. Performance funding provides an incentive for schools to get the job done.”