blog posts UIC Chancellor Amiridis named president of the University of South Carolina Jan 14, 2022 4:15 pm University of Illinois Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis has been named the next president of the University of South Carolina, effective July 1. U of I System makes lead investment in new BlackRock strategy May 14, 2020 8:00 am The University of Illinois System has invested nearly $160 million of the system endowment into its commitment to sustainability, becoming the first investor in a new environmentally and socially focused strategy launched by BlackRock Inc., a global asset manager and leader in sustainable investing. 2019-20 Salary Program Jun 19, 2019 11:00 am Today President Killeen announced a 2 percent, merit-based salary program for faculty, academic professional and civil service staff to take effect August 16. IDPH to offer free covidSHIELD tests for public schools for 2022-23 school year Jun 14, 2022 2:30 pm The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced a renewed agreement with SHIELD Illinois that offers every public school outside of Chicago the opportunity to use the University of Illinois System’s innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 testing platform at no cost for the 2022-23 school year. System names Paul Ellinger vice president/CFO and comptroller Sep 26, 2022 2:30 pm Paul Ellinger served as vice president/chief financial officer and comptroller on an interim basis since July 2021. He succeeded Avijit Ghosh when he was named interim executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs. Enrollment grows to nearly 89,000 students Sep 12, 2019 10:15 am Enrollment this fall across the University of Illinois System grew to a record high for the seventh straight year, increasing 3.8 percent to nearly 89,000 students, President Tim Killeen announced today. U of I System ends debt-related transcript holds Jul 7, 2022 11:45 am University of Illinois System universities have ended the practice of restricting access to transcripts for students with past-due balances. The old policy was a barrier for students as they sought transcripts to get jobs, transfer to other educational institutions or pursue advanced degrees. Withholding transcripts, he said, also disproportionately affected students from lower-income backgrounds. Statement on U.S. Supreme Court decision in admissions cases Jun 29, 2023 2:30 pm A statement from President Killeen, Chancellor-elect Miranda, Chancellor Gooch, and Chancellor Jones on the United States Supreme Court's recent decision in admissions cases. Two-degree alumnus Gregory Knott appointed as U of I secretary Dec 20, 2019 10:00 am Gregory Knott, an administrator for nearly two decades at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a graduate of two U of I System universities, has been appointed secretary of the Board of Trustees and the University, President Tim Killeen announced Friday. Governor appoints Gutman to U of I Board of Trustees Jun 27, 2022 12:15 pm Retired financial executive Joseph D. Gutman has been appointed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Gutman will fill the seat being vacated by Ricardo Estrada and, pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate, serve a term that runs through 2025. NIU joins U of I System-led Illinois Innovation Network Oct 9, 2018 4:00 pm A world-class research center targeting food systems, water resources and environmental change is planned at Northern Illinois University as part of a new statewide innovation network led by the University of Illinois System. Gov. Pritzker appoints 3 trustees to U of I System board Feb 9, 2021 9:30 am The governor on Friday named finance executive Ramon Cepeda, banking executive Sarah Phalen and agricultural communicator Tami Craig Schilling to six-year terms on the board, pending approval of the Illinois Senate. This will be Cepeda’s second term as a trustee. Marketing executive Adrienne Nazon named to U of I System vice presidency Apr 19, 2021 3:30 pm Adrienne Nazon, a marketing and communications executive with more than three decades of experience in higher education and private industry, has been named the inaugural vice president of external relations and communications for the University of Illinois System, President Tim Killeen announced today. Spring 2023 COVID-19 update Jan 5, 2023 4:30 pm President Tim Killeen issued a massmail today detailing updated COVID-19 guidance for students, faculty and staff as the spring semester commences. Innovation hub to be developed in downtown Peoria Dec 20, 2018 1:00 pm OSF HealthCare, the University of Illinois System, Illinois Central College, and the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council are joining forces to develop a Peoria Innovation Hub that will be dedicated to finding solutions to improve wellness of underserved populations, and advance systems related to food, farming, and autonomous mobility systems. Barbara J. Wilson named president of the University of Iowa Apr 30, 2021 6:15 pm Barbara J. Wilson, a longtime University of Illinois faculty member and administrator who has served as second-in-command of the U of I System since 2016, was unanimously approved as president of the University of Iowa today by the Board of Regents. Argonne joins new research center led by U of I System Aug 28, 2019 12:00 pm The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, a global leader in scientific discovery and America’s first national laboratory, signed an agreement Wednesday to partner in a new research center led by the University of Illinois System to accelerate the groundbreaking innovation that drives progress and economic growth. U of I approves tuition, fee and housing rates Jan 16, 2020 12:30 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved modest, inflation-based tuition increases for in-state freshmen next fall, the first increases for Illinois students in six years. Real Impact: AP training equips high school teachers for stronger programs Jan 11, 2023 8:30 am During summer 2023, the University of Illinois System will launch Advanced Placement Summer Institutes at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) to help increase the number of AP teachers across Illinois. Veteran university leader Karen Whitney named interim chancellor at UIS Jun 3, 2020 10:00 am Karen M. Whitney, a nationally recognized higher education leader, has been selected to serve as interim chancellor of the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen announced today. Trustees introduced to Access 2030 initiative Mar 17, 2022 11:30 am Plans for the University of Illinois System’s new Access 2030 initiative to increase the number of graduates from ethnic and racial minorities were introduced to the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on Thursday. U of I System impact: $17.5 billion annually on Illinois economy Sep 27, 2018 9:30 am The University of Illinois System pumps $17.5 billion into the Illinois economy annually and supports 171,000 jobs – one in every 46 jobs across the state, according to a new economic impact study released today. Three-degree alumnus Jeffrey A. Stein appointed secretary, Board of Trustees Jan 13, 2023 11:30 am Jeffrey A. Stein, an administrator for nearly two decades at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and an alumnus with three degrees from UIUC, has been appointed secretary of the Board of Trustees and the University, President Tim Killeen announced Thursday. COVID-19 booster shot now required Jan 6, 2022 11:15 am University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen sent a massmail to students, faculty and staff today requiring COVID-19 booster shots for all when eligible. U of I trustees appoint new leaders in key positions Jul 23, 2020 10:30 am The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved new high-level campus leadership and passed two measures related to important capital projects. U of I System statement on student vaccination guidelines for fall Jun 21, 2021 11:30 am The University of Illinois System issued a statement today regarding vaccination guidelines for students for the fall semester. COVID-19 update Mar 13, 2020 6:45 pm University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen sent a COVID-19 update massmail this evening to faculty, staff, and students. U of I Board of Trustees approves Mile Square lease Jan 22, 2021 9:15 am The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved a lease for a new Mile Square health clinic in Auburn Gresham that will bring vital healthcare access to the underserved community on Chicago’s far south side. Board backs Discovery Partners Institute Jul 25, 2019 12:15 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees today gave its unanimous support to the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), the groundbreaking new research and education enterprise led by the University of Illinois System. DPI will boost the state’s economy by addressing real-world challenges, promoting entrepreneurship, growing next-generation businesses and delivering top talent to Chicago. Universities adopt test-optional policy for fall 2021 freshman applications Jun 26, 2020 10:45 am All three universities in the University of Illinois System have made ACT/SAT exams optional for high school students applying for undergraduate admission for the 2021-22 school year, due to disruption to testing timelines caused by COVID-19. Trustees give green light to design of Discovery Partners Institute’s headquarters Mar 30, 2023 11:45 am The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved the design of the new Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) headquarters, planned as an anchor for a new innovation district in Chicago’s newest neighborhood. Statewide stay-at-home order Mar 20, 2020 3:30 pm Today University of Illinois System leadership sent a massmail to faculty, staff and students regarding new orders from the governor to curb the spread of COVID-19, and how experts from our universities are assisting the efforts. Investing in facilities across the U of I System Feb 13, 2019 9:00 am Over the last five years, we invested $1.2 billion in construction and renovation across the Univesity of Illinois System, even as a budget impasse sharply reduced state funding. Now, we are ramping up our efforts, setting priorities to do even more. Trustees approve purchase of new UIS Innovation Center home Jul 21, 2022 11:00 am The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved the purchase of a property in downtown Springfield that will become the new University of Illinois Springfield Innovation Center. U of I board approves nearly $7 billion 2020 budget Sep 19, 2019 11:15 am The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a nearly $7 billion budget for fiscal year 2020, drawing on a 5.2 percent increase in operating revenue to focus on key priorities such as financial support for students, strengthening the faculty and fostering economic development. Executive Committee approves test-optional admissions for two more years Apr 1, 2021 9:30 am The Executive Committee of the University of Illinois System Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request by the three universities to allow high school students to apply for admission in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years without taking standardized tests. Illinois Innovation Network honors innovators from across state Aug 17, 2022 3:00 pm The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) announced recipients of its second-annual innovation awards Wednesday at the Illinois State Fair’s Tech Prairie STEAM Expo, recognizing individuals from the IIN’s 15 hubs who have made key advances in research, technology commercialization and education. National Taiwan University joins Discovery Partners Institute Nov 6, 2019 10:15 am National Taiwan University, the country’s most comprehensive and prestigious university, has signed an agreement to partner in the growing Discovery Partners Institute, a world-class education and research center led by the University of Illinois System. U of I System expects degrees will top 22,000 for second straight year May 16, 2019 12:00 pm The University of Illinois System expects to award more than 22,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees for the second straight year, and continued enrollment growth could push degrees over 25,000 by 2026, President Tim Killeen announced today. New podcast: Rising to the Challenge Sep 15, 2020 10:30 am The U of I System is introducing “Rising to the Challenge,” a new podcast dedicated to telling stories from across the system and our universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. U of I System universities rank high in U.S. News & World Report Sep 14, 2020 2:00 pm All three universities in the U of I System were ranked highly among public institutions again this year in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, with Top 10 ratings in a number of categories. U of I System's three universities among nation's best in online programs Jan 26, 2022 2:15 pm Online programs at all three universities in the University of Illinois System are among the nation's best, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings. Illinois Innovation Network honors innovators from across state Aug 19, 2021 7:45 am The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) announced its first group of innovation awards Wednesday at the Illinois State Fair’s Tech Prairie STEAM Expo, recognizing individuals from the IIN’s 15 hubs who have made key advances in research, technology commercialization and education. Real Impact: Research without borders delights Mexican exchange student May 5, 2023 3:45 pm Students from Mexico studying here, as well as Mexican-American students doing research internships in Mexico, receive educational support and mentoring as part of the new Mexican & Mexican-American Students initiative (I-MMÁS). Legislature approves budget with nearly 5% increase for U of I System Jun 1, 2019 12:30 pm The following message was sent to University of Illinois System students, faculty and staff regarding the budget for fiscal year 2020 approved by the Illinois General Assembly. Federal government rescinds new rule regarding international students Jul 14, 2020 5:45 pm In a massmail this evening, U of I System leadership shared the news that the federal government rescinded the recent directive from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enformcent (ICE) that placed new restrictions on visas for international students. UI Ride kickoff events Sep 23, 2019 2:15 pm Help us celebrate the upcoming launch of UI Ride, a new University of Illinois System shuttle service, on October 3 in Urbana and October 4 in Chicago. Beginning at 9 a.m. at each location, we will have the honor of unveiling one of the new 18-seat buses that offers features such as onboard Wi-Fi and workstations while providing a convenient option for those who travel between the universities. Trustees approve $6.74 billion budget for fiscal year 2021 Nov 12, 2020 12:15 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a $6.74 billion budget for fiscal year 2021, continuing to focus on key priorities such as academic excellence, financial aid for students and economic development while addressing new challenges brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sustained growth sees U of I System reach record 94,800 students Sep 7, 2022 11:00 am Enrollment across the University of Illinois System reached a record high this fall of more than 94,800 students, driven by managed growth after five years of robust expansion, President Tim Killeen announced today. Real Impact: Synchrony culture empowers next-gen innovators Sep 28, 2022 10:30 am Synchrony is a University of Illinois System partner in fueling innovation. Leaders discussed growing that partnership at Synchrony Chicago during the U of I System’s 2022 state tour.