JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

College Course Materials Affordability and Equitable Access Collaborative Study Act and Task Force – "CCM Task Force"

Illinois College Course Materials Affordability and Equitable Access Collaborative Study (DRAFT)
CCM Task Force Meeting Schedule
e-Messaging Group
Meeting Dates and Agendas

Background: Enacted in the summer of 2021, Public Act 102-0122 created the College Course Materials Affordability and Equitable Access Collaborative Study Act. The Act requires that a college course materials (CCM) task force be formed, staffed by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). ISAC is directed to call the initial CCM Task Force meeting, during which a chairperson will be chosen from among the task force members. The chairperson will call all subsequent meetings, and ISAC staff will provide administrative, technical, policy, and other support.

Purpose: The purpose of the CCM Task Force is to conduct "a collaborative college course materials affordability and equitable access study." Specifically, the task force is to examine "the cost-saving methods and practices utilized by public and private institutions of higher learning in this State and throughout the United States for improving students' equitable first-day-of-class access to required course materials and conduct an affordability comparison of providing students' course materials, including digital learning tools."

Draft findings of the study and task force are required to be reported to the Governor, General Assembly, and ISAC by October 1, 2022. After a public review period, a final report is due to those same parties no later than March 31, 2023.

Representation: The Act establishes a 23-member appointed Task Force that shall include:

  • Four members each of the General Assembly, the public, and representing an institution of higher learning, with one from each category appointed by the President of the Senate, the Minority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives (12 total);

  • One member each appointed by the Governor representing the following (11 total):

    Illinois Board of Higher of Education;
    Illinois Community College Board;
    Illinois Student Assistance Commission;
    Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education;
    Student Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education;
    Librarian or online education specialist;
    National association representing the higher education textbook publishing industry;
    Statewide professional organization that advocates on behalf of public university employees;
    Statewide professional organization that advocates on behalf of public community college employees;
    National association representing higher education book stores in this State; and
    Higher education digital content platform provider with offices located within this State.

Additionally, the CCM Task Force is encouraged to engage and consult with higher education administrators, faculty, campus bookstores, publishers, librarians, and other online education specialists for their perspectives on the topics covered by this Act as the Task Force finds helpful.

Click here to view a listing of CCM Task Force members.

Scope: The Act indicates that the report shall include the following items:

  1. "A list of cost-saving methods available to students, including, but not limited to:
    1. inclusive access programs;
    2. textbook subscription programs;
    3. textbook rental programs;
    4. used textbooks; and
    5. other institutional textbook cost-saving methods, such as open educational resources.
  2. The total amount of cost savings achieved by public and private institutions of higher learning and the total number of students that utilize each cost-saving method.
  3. The equitable access achieved for students by providing all students with access to course materials on the first day of class.
  4. The potential impact on academic freedom of faculty to be able to choose the most appropriate materials for their courses for each of the various methods of providing course materials.
  5. A description of the process required to implement each cost-saving method listed in (1).
  6. A description of the process by which students obtain required course materials.
  7. The current, future, and potential costs of the development and maintenance necessary for the utilization of any course material that is provided to students at no charge.
  8. The identification of best practices resulting from the cost-saving methods listed in paragraph (1).
  9. An examination of the following areas in relation to improving equity in higher education to determine whether the methods:
    1. improved equitable access to required course materials by the first day of class;
    2. increased the affordability of required course materials; and
    3. improved access to learning materials and improved student outcomes for minority, low-income, and first-generation students.
  10. A description of the ways students and faculty are utilizing or have utilized inclusive access programs, subscription programs, textbook rental programs, used textbooks, and open educational resources for the purposes of remote learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic health crisis."

Illinois College Course Materials Affordability and Equitable Access Collaborative Study (DRAFT)

The submission of the October 1, 2022 draft Illinois College Course Materials Affordability and Equitable Access Collaborative Study opens up the public comment period for the report.

After reviewing the draft report, please submit any feedback you may have to ISAC.CCMTaskForce@Illinois.gov.

CCM Task Force Meeting Schedule

The following meetings are open to the public.

e-Messaging Group

If you are interested in being kept apprised of upcoming meetings, agendas, minutes, reports, and other communications, please sign-up for CCM Task Force e-Messaging by following the steps outlined below.

  1. Visit the Financial Aid Administrators (FAAs) e-Messaging page.
  2. Provide your contact information.
  3. Check the box for the “College Coursework Materials Task Force – announcements & information about the work of the Task Force” subscription group.
  4. Click on the "Sign Up!" button that appears at the bottom of the page.

Meeting Dates and Agendas

See below for meeting dates and available meeting agendas.

2022

Monday, March 28, 2022
1-3 p.m.

WebEx Virtual Event

To join the CCM Task Force Meeting:

1. Go to https://illinois2.webex.com/illinois2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4cb1dd5437766cbcfafe0b16070dd35b
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: PD2022
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
Thursday, May 12, 2022
1-4 p.m.

WebEx Virtual Event

To join the CCM Task Force Meeting:

1. Go to https://illinois2.webex.com/illinois2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e89d597a9b97f1cd3b1ee322ea4a93dac
2. Join as a participant and enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: PD2022
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
Thursday, July 21, 2022
1-4 p.m.

WebEx Virtual Event

To join the CCM Task Force Meeting:

1. Go to https://illinois2.webex.com/illinois2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e34fbe5b988f762734231a4ded8f77af3
2. Join as a participant and enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: CCM2022
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
1-4 p.m.

WebEx Virtual Event

To join the CCM Task Force Meeting:

1. Go to https://illinois2.webex.com/illinois2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e076efbc58edd004000c214fae20b1bf7
2. Join as a participant and enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: PD2022
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Reference Materials