September 03, 2004 Volume 20, Number 2
Illinois Board of Higher Education Approves
Grants for Western Programs
Board of Higher Education (IBHE) approved
a Higher Education Cooperation Act
(HECA) grant for a Western Illinois
University program, as well as grant
funding for the continuation of the
Quad Cities Graduate Study Center
(QCGSC), which Western is a consortium
member, at its meeting Aug. 26.
Project RSP (Recruiting, Supporting,
and Preparing Minority Teachers) has
received a $40,000 IBHE-HECA grant.
According to Project RSP Director
program will create partnerships with
K-12 public schools and community
colleges to increase the number of
minority students entering the teaching
profession, especially those seeking
careers in diverse urban communities.
Project partners will work to identify
potential teacher candidates from
minority populations, recruit candidates
into the teacher education field and
support them during their academic
career and through the placement process.
The Quad Cities
Graduate Study Center received a $220,000
IBHE grant for continuance of the
center. The QCGSC’s mission
is to provide graduate-level educational
opportunities for working professionals
in the Quad Cities region. Western
Illinois University, a charter member
of the consortium, enrolls more than
42 percent of all students at the
Quad Cities Graduate Study Center.
In addition to Western, other consortium
member institutions include Augustana
College, Bradley University, Drake
University, Illinois State University,
Iowa State University, Marycrest International
University, Northern Illinois University,
Saint Xavier University, St. Ambrose
University, University of Illinois,
University of Iowa and University
of Northern Iowa. Enrollment at the
QC Graduate Study Center has grown
from 5,500 in 1997 to more than 10,000;
with the number of graduate degree
programs offered growing from 18 to
more than 70.
For more information
on Project RSP, contact Greer at 309/298-1690.
For more information on the Quad Cities
Graduate Study Center, contact Charles
Laws at 309/794-7376.