Created by the General Assembly in 1961, the Illinois Board of Higher Education is the coordinating body for the state's systems of college and universities including: nine public universities on 12 campuses; 39 community colleges on 48 campuses; 104 independent not-for-profit colleges and universities; 15 independent for-profit institutions; and 26 out-of-state institutions. IBHE also oversees 213 private business and vocational schools, along with 79 extension campuses. Private business and vocational schools are privately owned/operated and educate students who have a high school degree or equivalent in preparation for a trade, vocation, or profession.

The IBHE Board is comprised of 16 members, ten of which are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. One member each of a public university governing board and of a private college/university board is appointed by the Governor. Also serving are the chairman of the Illinois Community College Board; the chairman of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission; and two student members. One of the 10 appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate must be a faculty member at an Illinois public university.


Position of
Board Secretary and Executive Assistant to Executive Director

The Illinois Board of Higher Education is currently accepting applications for a Board Secretary and Executive Assistant to
the Executive Director in Springfield, Illinois. This full-time professional position is responsible for providing administrative support...

Position of Executive Director

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) in Springfield, Illinois invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director.
Please find details about expectations, attributes, and duties for the position, along with information about the application process here.

Thought Paper on Institutional Closure

A State Perspective on Consumer Protection in the Changing Higher Education Landscape: Practical Steps and Recommendations in Cases of Institutional Closure...

Senate Joint Resolution Information

Senate Joint Resolution 41 was adopted in the spring of 2019. In 2019-2020, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Illinois Community College Board will convene a joint advisory council for the purposes of reviewing and scaling effective developmental education practices...

Nursing Educator Fellows Recognized

Springfield– Pursuing doctorate degrees, research on heart attacks in women, the Certified Nurse Educator exam, and more.

Higher Education Budget Increase

Springfield– Higher education officials are relieved to see a budget increase for next year, plus a new capital program for repairs and new construction. The FY 2020 state budget includes $154 million in new dollars for higher education in Illinois, or an 8.2 percent increase over the current fiscal year, for an operations and student assistance total of $2.05 billion.

Next IBHE Board Meeting

December 10, 2019 Board Meeting

DePaul University,
Lincoln Park Campus, Chicago

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