October 29, 2019

Kishwaukee College’s Diversity Committee will host a presentation on the experiences of Native American tribes with human trafficking. As a way to bring awareness to the number of missing Native Americans, Project Beacon, from the American Indian Center of Chicago, will be on campus November 5 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the Student Lounge C1130 to discuss the “invisible epidemic.” The presentation is free and open to the public.

Project Beacon is the anti-sex trafficking and human trafficking support service of the American Indian Center of Chicago. Their presentation will discuss the often under-reported epidemic of missing Native Americans including trafficking, mis-identification and cultural awareness surrounding the cultural crisis.

For more information, contact Kallen Terry at kterry1@kish.edu or 815-825-9516.

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October 23, 2019

Kishwaukee College’s International Education Committee invites the community to two upcoming events designed to enhance cultural awareness. Both events are free and open to the public.

Kish Oktoberfest, October 28, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Student Lounge, C1130
In celebration of Germany’s annual Oktoberfest, Kish café will serve brats with sauerkraut. Guests can enjoy their lunch while learning to polka and listening to polka music performed by the band Old Time Music from Maple Park. Guests are encouraged to park in Lot B and enter through door 61.

German Migrants to the Midwest, October 29, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, A1225
Rosa Gallagher, museum director of DANK Haus German American Culture Center in Chicago, will be on Kish campus to present on German-American history with a focus on German migration to the Midwest. Gallagher manages the DANK Haus museum collection and develops exhibitions for the DANK galleries. She holds a master’s in Museum Studies from SUNY Oneonta and studied History and German at DePaul University as an undergraduate. Guests are encouraged to park in Lot A and enter through door 16.

For more information about the events, contact Associate Professor of Business, Marketing, and Management Tammy Tiggelaar at ttiggelaar@kish.edu or 815-825-9478.

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October 17, 2019

Kishwaukee College and Rockford University (RU) are pleased to announce the completion of The Memorandum of Agreement for Reverse Transfer Credit Articulation. The agreement allows former Kish students who earned at least 20 credit hours at Kish and now attend RU to reverse transfer credit toward an associate degree at Kish. The agreement went into effect September 17.

“Thank you to Rockford University for helping students complete their credential at Kishwaukee College,” stated Dr. Laurie Borowicz, president of Kish. “The new transfer agreement is a clear benefit to students, and we are very pleased to offer this option to help students achieve their educational goals.”

For students who transfer to a university prior to completing their community college degree, reverse transfer agreements give them the opportunity to transfer credits earned at the transfer institution back to the community college in order to fulfill the requirements of an associate degree. By having a valued credential such as the associate degree, students may qualify for higher pay at their current employer or may have an advantage on the job market while still continuing their undergraduate education at the transfer institution.

“Rockford University is proud of the strong partnership that is developing with Kishwaukee College,” said Mike Quinn, interim vice president for Enrollment Management at Rockford University. “We believe that students and families should find their best path to a college education. This reverse transfer agreement between Kishwaukee College and Rockford University ensures that the path will be seamless and offer maximum value for students.”

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August 30, 2019

Kishwaukee College and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are pleased to announce an admission agreement that provides Kish students a direct pathway to a bachelor’s degree at the U of I. The agreement went into effect August 1.  

“We appreciate that the University of Illinois identified Kishwaukee College as one of the first community colleges they chose to update the articulation agreements with for their College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences,” comments Dr. Joanne Kantner, vice president of instruction at Kish.

The agreement with ACES at the U of I Urbana campus ensures that Kish students who successfully complete specific standards and criteria for the intended academic program at the university are guaranteed admissions into the institution. The agreement includes the following ACES majors: Agricultural and Consumer Economics; Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications; Animal Sciences; Computer Science and Crop Sciences; Crop Sciences; Food Science and Human Nutrition; Human Development and Family Studies; Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences; and Technical Systems Management.

“We are pleased to be able to further extend the reach of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois to highly motivated students of our state,” says Dr. Anna Ball, associate dean for Academic Programs. “We are committed to the students of Illinois to ensure they have the best possible pathway to success.”

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August 14, 2019

Kishwaukee College has received formal notification of its reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The decision follows a comprehensive evaluation and visit to Kish campus by a team of HLC peer reviewers in April. Accreditation is valid until the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation cycle in 2028-2029.

“Receiving reaccreditation by the HLC demonstrates the quality education Kish offers,” says Dr. Laurie Borowicz, president of Kish. “The rigorous accreditation process and feedback from the HLC reviewers gave us an outside perspective on the College, has affirmed we are doing good things to help our learners achieve their educational goals, and will help us to continue improving services for our students and our local communities.”

The accreditation process is designed to help colleges and universities critically evaluate their curriculum, instruction and support services. The overall objective is to help the institution meet threshold standards and engage in continuous improvement.

The visiting team of peer reviewers remarked on how well prepared and organized the College was for the visit, noting in their final report that, "All participants at site visit meetings spoke with confidence and enthusiasm regarding the direction of this college, their passion for being part of Kish, and the importance of KC to all district communities.” The reviewers also commented, “[…] the college may be on a trajectory to emerge as a noteworthy model institution in [the assessment of student learning].”

The HLC is one of six accreditation agencies in the United States that provides institutional accreditation on a regional basis. The HLC requires institutions to undergo a comprehensive evaluation every 10 years. Kish has earned accreditation by the agency since 1974.

"During the site visit, it was observed multiple times that the new, shortened mission (the college ‘improves lives through quality, affordable education’) embodies a widely shared passion for college purpose,” the final report states. 

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June 10, 2019

Kishwaukee College joined the Partnership for College Completion (PCC) with the Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative (ILEA), a collaborative effort between the PCC and member institutions to end institutional inequalities in college graduation rates by 2025. The ILEA focuses on low-income and first generation students as well as students of color. Kish joined ILEA following PCC’s Spring Summit in April, which brought together leaders of all participating colleges, national equity experts, and students to discuss how programs can be developed, shared, and implemented to eliminate achievement gaps in college degree completion. Kishwaukee College, Chicago State University, Elgin Community College, and Loyola University Chicago are the newest institutions to join the initial 25 two- and four-year public and private institutions involved with the ILEA.

“Kishwaukee College is excited to join our peers in the ILEA cohort,” said Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College. “While our College is located in a rural setting, we serve a diverse student population, reflective of our communities and students moving to our district from urban areas. We believe that the Partnership will help us with our goal of eliminating the achievement gap for our students of color.”

ILEA launched in October 2018 amidst research identifying large and persistent gaps in college degree completion that fall along socio-economic and racial lines. Illinois has the fourth largest African-American/White completion gap in the country: African-American students are only half as likely as White students to complete a bachelor's degree in six years (33.7 percent compared to 66.4 percent) or an associate degree in three years (17.3 percent compared to 35.7 percent). Significant completion gaps also exist in Illinois for Latino students, with the bachelor’s degree completion rate at 48.3 percent and the associate degree completion rate at 24.3 percent.

“We are thrilled at the growing number of colleges and universities who understand that closing the college completion gap in Illinois is an economic and social imperative,” said Kyle Westbrook, Founding Executive Director of the PCC. “Most important, these schools will be implementing specific action plans to ensure equal opportunity for all students to succeed in higher education.”

Kish and the other institutions will develop an equity plan for 2020-2025 that will be in place by December 2019 and will include annual growth targets for low income, first generation, African-American and Latino students. By joining the ILEA, Kish will adhere to the core beliefs of the ILEA and develop efforts to increase the completion rate on campus. Any program and policy changes aimed to remove unnecessary hurdles to graduation will be data-driven.

The total number of institutions involved with the ILEA represents 245,097 total undergraduates, or 43 percent of the total undergraduate enrollment in the state of Illinois. ILEA institutions serve 46 percent of all African American and 71 percent of all Latino/a undergraduates enrolled in the state.

The PCC will issue annual reports on progress toward these goals. Reducing financial barriers to attainment by providing cost-effective and creative solutions for low-income students to finance their college education and reduce time to degree is a crucial first-step. The College will also work to identify obstacles students face and develop programs and policies that break down cultural, navigational, and academic barriers to college graduation.

The 29 participating colleges and universities are: Blackburn College; Chicago State University; College of Lake County; DePaul University; Dominican University; Elgin Community College; Governors State University; Harold Washington College; Harry S. Truman College; Joliet Junior College; Kishwaukee College; Kennedy King College; Loyola University Chicago; Malcolm X College; Moraine Valley Community College; Morton College; National Louis University; Northeastern Illinois University; Northern Illinois University; Oakton Community College; Olive Harvey College; Richard J. Daley College; Robert Morris University; Roosevelt University; Saint Xavier University; University of Illinois – Chicago; University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign; Waubonsee Community College; and Wilbur Wright College.

For more information about the Partnership, please visit www.partnershipfcc.org.

For more information about ILEA, please visit www.partnershipfcc.org/ilea.

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May 13, 2019

Kishwaukee College and Iowa Wesleyan University (IW) are pleased to announce a new articulation agreement that provides Kish students a direct pathway to a bachelor’s degree at IW. The institutions held a virtual signing of the articulation agreement on May 13, 2019. 

“Thank you to Iowa Wesleyan for helping us provide unique, affordable, and quality bachelor’s degrees to Kish students,” states Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College. “The new transfer program is a clear benefit to students, with being able to take classes at Kish for three years as part of their bachelor’s degree program. We are very pleased to offer this option to students in helping them achieve their educational goals.”

The 3 + 1 agreement allows students to complete three years of coursework at Kish. Credits will then transfer to Iowa Wesleyan’s online program for the fourth and final year of a bachelor’s degree. Students can earn their bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in management, criminal justice, or human services. U.S. News and World Report rank IW’s programs as one of the best online bachelor’s programs of 2019.

“Iowa Wesleyan is pleased to join Kishwaukee College in this exciting new partnership. Kishwaukee and Iowa Wesleyan are student-focused institutions that strive for educational opportunities on campus and online,” said Dr. DeWayne Frazier, Provost at IW. “Iowa Wesleyan is pleased to implement the 3+1 program to make a bachelor’s degree even more obtainable for the graduates of Kishwaukee.”

With the ability to complete the bachelor’s program online, students can remain in the local area and maintain fiscal responsibility by completing three years at the community college before transferring to IW.

For more information visit www.iw.edu or www.kish.edu/transfer

Photo: Kishwaukee College and Iowa Wesleyan University (IW) sign a 3+1 articulation agreement allowing Kish students a direct pathway to a bachelor’s from IW in business administration with a concentration in management, criminal justice, or human services. Pictured: L to R, Dr. Joanne Kantner, Vice President of Instruction at Kishwaukee College; and Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College.