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+ ACI Among Three Organizations Awarded Grant Aimed at Improving Four-Year Degree Completion Rates for Community College Transfer Students
+ Executive Committee Approves Business Plan, Budget
+ Dominican University Appoints Glena G. Temple as President
ACI Among Three Organizations Awarded Grant Aimed at Improving Four-Year Degree Completion Rates for Community College Transfer Students
ACI to collaborate with Illinois Community College Board and Illinois Board of Higher Education

June 29, 2021
A planning grant for "Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts" was provided by the Teagle Foundation and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.ACI, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) were awarded a $25,000 planning grant to conduct research and develop an implementation plan to help more community college transfer students earn bachelor’s degrees at ACI-affiliated colleges and universities.

The Teagle Foundation, New York City, and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, awarded the planning grant, called “Transfer Pathways to the Liberal Arts.” Collaborative research and planning work is expected to begin July 1 and be completed at the end of the 2021 calendar year.

“We’re excited about the grant award and this initial phase to build enrollment and financial support for community college transfer students,” said Mick Weltman, ACI executive director. “We’re also pleased to collaborate with statewide partners such as ICCB and IBHE in this planning effort.”

Research shows that more than 7 of 10 students who earned associate's degrees, then transferred to four-year institutions, earned four-year degrees in two years,

The grant proposal quotes research that states that 65 percent of jobs in today’s economy require at least some postsecondary education, and yet, significant numbers of Illinois residents have no post-secondary degrees or credentials. Illinois established a goal of increasing the proportion of residents who hold high-quality degrees or credentials to 60 percent by 2025. In addition, more than 7 of 10 students who earned associate’s degrees, then transferred to four-year institutions, earned four-year degrees in two years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse.

To meet the terms of the planning grant, ACI, the ICCB and the IBHE will form the Illinois Project Leadership Team. Team members will conduct academic and financial research, aimed at improving academic transferability and development of a campaign and fundraising plan to assist community college transfer students and Illinois higher-education institutions, according to the grant proposal.

The academic component, led by a project investigator, will involve collaborative research to help the project leadership team determine “effective strategies that can streamline and strengthen existing pathways,” the grant proposal said. The team will also study a statewide community college transfer agreement among ACI-affiliated colleges and universities.

The financial component will include resource development opportunities to fund community college students transferring to ACI-member institutions, and how best to obtain financial support.

A project investigator and ACI will use the research results to develop a case for supporting more scholarships for community college transfer students and the expected effect on transfer degree-completion rates. The team will also develop a fundraising plan.

The project team will include ACI Executive Director Mick Weltman, ACI staff, faculty and provost from ACI-member Judson University, provost from Lincoln Land Community College, IBHE, ICCB leaders and an independent financial consultant.

Executive Committee Approves Business Plan, Budget

June 29, 2021

The ACI Executive Committee met May 20.

The ACI Executive Committee, meeting via Zoom May 20, approved a business plan for the organization’s fiscal year beginning June 1 and ending May 31, 2022. It also approved a $1.42 million expense budget for the same period.

The business plan includes goals and objectives for fundraising through corporate, foundation and individual giving. ACI raises funds through foundation and corporate grants, sponsorships and individual gifts, plus events such as the annual Benefit Reception and career fair. In addition, ACI’s 26 member colleges and universities fund operational expenses for the organization.

Funds raised are shared with the organization’s member colleges and universities in the form of scholarships, emergency financial aid and funding for programs such as career mentoring and a longstanding program, peer mentoring, available on 11 ACI-affiliated campuses. For the 2022 fiscal year, ACI intends to return at least 115 percent of each member school’s investment in ACI, according to the approved business plan, along with other value such as student and staff program participation, media exposure and more.

The budget anticipates $1.425 million in total revenue, with expenses of $1.42 million. The organization’s budget funds programs, office expenses and staff salaries and other related costs. The new budget is slightly less than the year before, during which the pandemic affected the organization’s fundraising and programs.

Dominican University Appoints Glena G. Temple as President

June 29, 2021

Dr. Glena G. Temple, incoming president of Dominican University

Dr. Glena G. Temple

Dominican University’s Board of Trustees appointed Glena G. Temple, Ph.D., right, as its 11th president, according to a May 18 university news release. Temple, whose term begins Aug. 2, is currently president of Viterbo University, a Catholic Franciscan university in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

During her presidency, Temple led Viterbo’s successful efforts to increase student retention, graduation and job placement rates, and oversaw a $2 million U.S. Department of Education grant focused on student success. She also oversaw growth in the endowment fund, from approximately $43 million to more than $60 million. Under her leadership, the university expanded graduate enrollment and added programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Appointed as president in 2017, Temple has served Viterbo in a number of capacities for almost 20 years. She will succeed Donna M. Carroll, who has served as Dominican’s president since 1994 and led the institution through a period of extraordinary growth and academic achievement, including its ranking this year in the top 10 of Midwest regional universities by U.S. News & World Report. Carroll will retire June 30.

“I am truly humbled and grateful for the trust placed in me by the Dominican Board of Trustees,” Temple said. “It is an honor to follow President Donna Carroll, whose leadership inspired so many over the past 27 years. I embrace this opportunity to help build on her legacy with so many dedicated students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and benefactors. Dominican’s justice-driven mission and values deeply rooted in the charism of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters spoke to my heart and strengthened my desire to be a part of this amazing university.”

Temple earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Allegheny College and a Ph.D. in botany and plant sciences from the University of California-Riverside. She also holds a master’s degree in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.

Read more about Dr. Temple and her new role at Dominican University.


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