The Illinois Community College System Program Review Advisory Committee (Advisory) supports the efforts of the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to coordinate a statewide system of review of instructional programs of study provided by community colleges in Illinois.

Program Review Advisory Committee meeting at Olive-Harvey in 2023


Convening the Advisory is part of the commitment made by ICCB and OCCRL to work with practitioner-scholars statewide. Through the collaboration, the organizations support an equitable and evidence-driven program review process that promotes rigorous programs and exceptional outcomes for students and institutions. The Advisory will assist the following goals in this work: 

  1. Improve the efficiency and efficacy of the program review process by identifying challenges, redundancies, and omissions and providing recommendations for refining the process.
  2. Identify, develop, and/or refine professional development, technical support, and supplemental materials that could improve outcomes associated with program review.
  3. Improve the application of program review findings in colleges' campus-level programmatic planning and decision-making processes.


Service on the Advisory is voluntary by self-nomination. The Advisory is comprised of eight professionals who have substantive experience with program review in Illinois. These individuals are employed at an Illinois community college and willing to serve on the committee for at least two years—sometimes three—to provide continuity throughout the implementation of the new program review cycle.

Members of the Advisory attend four meetings annually. Three of the four quarterly meetings are virtual two-hour gatherings, and the fourth meeting is four hours and takes place in person. Advisory members spend time preparing for meetings, travel to the in-person convening, and engage in targeted activities or tasks organized by subcommittees. 

Michelle Adams
Dean of Student Services/Student Development
City Colleges of Chicago
Ashley Becker, Ph.D.Dean of Business, Health Sciences and Homeland SecuritySouthwestern Illinois College
M. Lynn BreerDirector of Institutional Research and ReportingLake Land Community College
Barbara LeachVice President of InstructionKishwaukee College
Cherie Meador, Ed.D.Dean of Academic ServicesMoraine Valley Community College
Lonetta Oliver, Ph.D.Dean of HumanitiesIllinois Central College

    Lori Ragland

Vice President of Instruction and Student AffairsRend Lake College
Amanda Smith, Ed.D.Vice President of Liberal Arts and Adult Education, Chief Academic OfficerRock Valley College
Cathy TaylorDean of Sustainability Business and Career TechnologiesElgin Community College
Kenneth Thompson, Ed.D., MBAProfessor of Culinary Arts, Dual Credit LiaisonJoliet Junior College
Kristin Shelby, Ph.D.Dean of Transfer and Adult Education ProgramsShawnee Community College