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The Illinois Board of Higher Education proposes an efficiency task force to review how to better use available resources, but only after implementing the proposed budget for the next fiscal year.

Dr. James Applegate, the Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, says he put the idea of an efficiency and effectiveness initiative to the Governor’s office.

Applegate says the system would use metrics to determine the effectiveness of various programs, but during a Senate Appropriations Committee last week he says there are still immediate concerns.


Applegate says the proposed reductions to higher education would hinder operations with the state’s public universities, making an efficiency initiative difficult to implement.


Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget for the IBHE includes a five-point-five-million dollar reduction in programs the Governor’s office says fall short in taxpayer return on investment. The Governor’s office says programs like Grow Your Own Teacher, medical grants for specific fields and other grants subsidizing specific academic centers are no longer affordable.

Ken Misch


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