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JALC to lose $1.7 million in state funding over course standards

CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) - John A. Logan College (JALC) will lose more $1.7 million in funding over the next five years because several courses the college offered didn't meet state standards.

The college receives state funded grants from the Illinois Community College Board (CCB), according to Steve O'Keefe, the Director of College Communications at JALC.

The CCB sets curriculum requirements for colleges across the state and inspects colleges every five years, O'Keefe explained. Several courses specifically in fitness education were reviewed this fall and did not meet requirements.

Those courses were last reviewed in 2009 and were up to standard, O'Keefe said. The college didn't realize they needed to restructure the courses until the 2014 review and now it must pay back the grants.

"We didn't know it was a problem," O'Keefe said.

Those courses had been offered since 2004 and were apart of the JALC aerobic center that was built in 1985.

Those courses made up roughly 11% of the credit hours JALC offer -- subsequently the state is asking for 11% of the grants it provided over the past five years, O'Keefe said.

"As tight as funding is in the state of Illinois, any funding loss is significant," O'Keefe said.

The college won't be required to pay back the grants -- instead the college will receive less funds over the next five years or until the cost is balanced out.

"The quality of education here will not diminish," O'keefe said.

The college will begin restructuring courses so the college can reapply for funding.

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