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In June 2014, executives from P-20 Network communities colleges, school districts, and education organizations established four work groups to devise and implement strategies to achieve the primary 60% by 2025 goal. The work groups, articulation, alignment of standards, student support services, and adult learners - address charges that include outcomes to be completed and/or progress reported at the semi-annual CEO meetings. 

Work Group Charges

Alignment of Standards for Advancing Student Opportunities


Adult Learners

Student Support Services

Goal: 100% of students graduate from high school with 12-15 college credits and/or a professional certificate

Goal: Create seamless transitions across the education continuum from cardles to careers

Goal: Increase higher education enrollment of adultleanrers, who are essential to meeting the goal of increasing the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and professional credentials to 60% by 2025. 

Goal: Coordinate student support systems across institutions in the northern Illinois region to ease transitions and increase student success

White House Commitments

  • Conduct economic and workforce metadata analysis of workplace shortages and emerging career needs.
  • Create new courses aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards through faculty-to-faculty dialogue, creating shared expectations and aligning course content and rigor.

White House Commitment

Advise policy makers on simplifying transfer of credit procedures and reduce redundancy of courses required, so students can complete degrees and certificates.

White House Commitment

Increase enrollment of adult learners in higher education across the region.

White House Commitments

  • Assess student support services to identify gaps and develop needed interventions.
  • Develop a comprehensive menu of financial literacy activities for P-20 students and families.
  • Embark ona regional peer mentoring initiative for 400 high-need, pre-college and freshmen students with 80 peer mentors.


  • Collect and analyze baseline data on the percentage of students in the northern Illinois region who graduated from high school with college credits and/or professional certification in May/June 2014 and the percentage of students registered for developmental courses.
  • Analyze economic development and workforce data in order to identify current workplace shortages and emerging career areas across the northern Illinois region.
  • Develop a model to pilot delivery of high quality, high school courses for dual credit, Advanced Placement, and developmental education across district boundaries.
  • Research and develop a model process for aligning high school and college curricula in the core competency courses of quantitative literacy and written and oral communications and in developmental education courses.


  • Recommend use of competencies for making decisions on course articulation through the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).
  • Improve definition of guided pathways to degree completion and reduce redundancy of courses required.
  • Engage at least 20 more NIU faculty members and 30 more community college faculty in CCSS and large scale assessment implementation meetings with middle school, high school, and community college faculty.
  • Establish a formal relationship with the Illinois P-20 Council.


  • Identify gaps in bachelor degree completion programs for adult learners with associate degrees, including AAS degrees, and/or professional certifications.
  • Document best practices at leading institutions across the country with prior learning assessments for possible implementation at northern Illinois institutions.
  • Share successful approaches for adult learners across network institutions, including flexible scheduling, alternative delivery modes, reduced time to degree completion, and solutions to out-of-district fee issues.
  • Develop a model for better serving adult learners across the region through collaboration among network institutions.


  • Build a comprehensive, coordinated student support system that includes "soft skills" training, orientation courses such as UNIV 101, course advising, career planning, counseling and coaching, financial literacy, financial aid advising, impact of current choices on life, systems navigation, and mentoring. 
  • Build a comprehensive menu of financial literacy activities for P-20 students and families.
  • Organize a northern Illinois regional network of peer mentors who receive training and support, to increase the success of students in high school and college.