Governor Bruce Rauner
Chair Dr. Lazaro Lopez
Executive Director Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson

Illinois Community College Board

Data and Accountability

Accountability is a central focus of Perkins IV. The law sets out new performance requirements for states and local programs. These requirements were established “to assess the effectiveness of the state in achieving statewide progress in career and technical education, and to optimize the return of investment of Federal funds in career and technical education activities.”

The Postsecondary Perkins accountability data is comprised of the following indicators:

1P1: Technical Skill Attainment
2P1: Credential, Certificate, or Diploma
3P1: Student Retention or Transfer
4P1: Student Placement
5P1: Nontraditional Participation
5P2: Nontraditional Completion

Illinois community colleges have access to the Perkins Online Data System (PODS), which was designed as a resource to promote program improvement and advance dialogue about strengthening performance. PODS can be used to view statewide data, as well as, data from any Illinois community college. The expectation is that this data be used to closely examine demographic and special populations breakouts, prioritize local initiatives and collaborate with colleagues to develop plans, identify milestones, timelines, and responsible parties to elevate performance.