John Wood Community College to Host Illinois Board of Higher Education Faculty Advisory Council

John Wood Community College will host the Illinois Board of Higher Education Faculty Advisory Council (IBHE FAC) meeting Friday, February 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Quincy campus at 48th and Harrison.

 The IBHE Faculty Advisory Council is a representative group of 36 faculty members from Illinois community colleges and public and private four-year institutions. The council serves as a liaison between educational institutions and the IBHE and discusses issues related to statewide higher education concerns. Marie Donovan, DePaul associate professor and program director of early childhood teacher education, serves as chair for the IBHE FAC.

The council has three caucuses – private four-year institutions, public four-year institutions and two-year colleges – which will discuss topics and concerns specific to each during the council’s meeting.

During the meeting members will also convene in five working groups will discuss the following topics: “This We Believe,” an effort to retain Illinois high school graduates in Illinois Colleges and Universities; the Illinois Articulation Initiative; dual credit, program prioritization and consolidation and the P20 initiative.  The P20 initiative is a continuum from preschool (P) to graduate school and lifelong learning (20) to promote connection, engagement and innovation in schools and communities through hands-on activities for kids, educators and families; professional development for teachers; and regional networking to improve college and career readiness. 

 Two of the twelve representatives from Illinois Community Colleges on the IBHE Faculty Advisory Council are from John Wood Community College, Randall Egdorf, associate professor of social/behavioral sciences, and Danelle Batterton, instructor of social/behavioral sciences.

 “We are honored to host this engaged and innovative group of educators from across the state and look forward to working together to combine our resources to offer the very best for students choosing Illinois institutions of higher education,” Danelle Batterton shared. 

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

Learn more at: www.jwcc.edu.