The ICCB is mandated by the United State Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), to conduct civil right reviews on Illinois community colleges which receive federal Perkins funding. The purpose of the review is to ensure compliance with federal civil rights laws that bar discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and disability. Throughout the review process, the ICCB interviews staff, faculty, and students, as well as conducts a review of a college’s facilities.
The ICCB reviews two colleges per academic year, one in the fall and one in the spring. A specific selection criterion is utilized to assign points based on: 1) the highest disparities between total enrollment and CTE enrollment on the basis of race, sex, and disability; and 2) when, if ever, the college last received an on-site civil rights review. Points are then tabulated and the colleges are ranked based on this score.