In the Spring of 1984 the Illinois Senate Committee on Higher Education established a Subcommittee on Minority Concerns tasked with assessing and enhancing the educational progress of historically disadvantaged groups in Illinois. This legislative initiative was the impetus for the conceptualization of a process and strategies that would accomplish the task of the Subcommittee. Subsequently, in 1987 a committee of members of the Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education (ICBCHE) developed a proposal for a project titled "Assessment of Educational Equity (AEE)” which was submitted under the aegis of the Center for Higher Education at Illinois State University and funded by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Dr. Charles E. Morris has served as the AEE Project Director since its inception.
Based on the assumption that successful participation in postsecondary education depends upon "supportive and nurturing" campus climates, the AEE Project staff developed survey instruments, designed to measure perceptions of campus climate by undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff, and for the assessment of institutional programs and services. Data collected using AEE survey instruments have provided a rich resource for dissertations, theses and reports which address issues and questions related to the educational progress of the target groups cited by the legislative committees.
Collected documents and publications 1989-1996
The contents below are provided purely for archival purposes, no attempt has been made to edit the various studies, reports, and publications into some consistent narrative.