In 1965, the Illinois General Assembly established the Illinois Community College Board to create a system of public community colleges that would be within easy reach of every resident. More than 50 years later, the Illinois Community College System covers the entire state with 48 colleges and one multi-community college center in 39 community college districts. Community colleges serve nearly one million Illinois residents each year in credit and noncredit courses and many more through their public service programs.
Community colleges are similar to each other and yet each college is unique. While this may appear to be a contradiction, it is not. Illinois community colleges share a common mission. They prepare people for college, for transfer to other colleges or universities, and for good paying jobs that demand high skills. Community colleges also provide adult literacy and continuing education and services. What makes each college unique is how the college responds to the communities it serves.
The Illinois Community College System is coordinated by the Illinois Community College Board comprised of citizens appointed by the Governor. Locally elected boards of trustees* set policies that guide their colleges in achieving local and statewide goals. Within the System, organized groups represent students, faculty, trustees, staff, administrators, and college presidents, and all of these groups are actively involved in the decision-making process for the System. Colleges meet both local and statewide needs for education and workforce development through high-quality, affordable, accessible, and cost-effective programs and services.
*The Board of Trustees of the City Colleges of Chicago is appointed by the Mayor of Chicago.
ICCB Mission Statement
- To administer the Public Community College Act in a manner that maximizes the ability of the community colleges to serve their communities.
- To promote cooperation within the system and accommodate those state of Illinois initiatives that are appropriate for community colleges.
- To be accountable to the students, employers, lawmakers, and taxpayers of Illinois.
- To provide high-quality, accessible, cost-effective educational opportunities for the individuals and communities they serve.
ICCB Board Goals
- GOAL 1: Smooth the transition for all students into and through postsecondary education.
- GOAL 2: Contribute to the economic development of Illinois by providing robust workforce training, increasing credential attainment, and closing the skills gap through talent pipeline management.
- GOAL 3: Engage with all stakeholders to align board policies to improve student outcomes and increased access to public information on system effectiveness.
Alignment with Education and Workforce Initiatives
- Complete College America Co‐Requisite to Scale Project
- Transitional Math Pathways Project
- Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth
- IL Workforce Education Strategic Plan
- IL Adult Education Strategic Plan
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act – IL Unified Plan
- IL Postsecondary Report Card