blog posts U of I System recommends extending in-state tuition freeze Jan 5, 2018 2:15 pm The University of Illinois System has proposed extending a tuition freeze for in-state freshmen to a fourth straight year next fall, matching its longest consecutive rate freeze in more than four decades, President Tim Killeen announced today. U of I System freezes in-state tuition for fourth straight year Jan 18, 2018 2:00 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted Thursday to freeze tuition for in-state freshmen next fall for the fourth straight year, extending an affordability initiative that seeks to help keep more talented students in Illinois for college.The freeze for the U of I System’s universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign matches the longest consecutive freeze in more than four decades, since a four-year run of flat rates from 1974-1977. Koritz re-elected U of I board chairman Jan 18, 2018 2:15 pm Dr. Timothy N. Koritz was re-elected to a second one-year term as chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees during the board’s annual organizational meeting Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago. U of I System administrative realignment enters final stage Jan 26, 2018 2:00 pm University of Illinois President Tim Killeen announced today that the three-university system is in the final stage of an administrative realignment to further downsize the central system offices and move certain functions to the campuses for greater efficiency and effectiveness. State funding proposed for new, U of I-led research center Feb 16, 2018 2:00 pm A proposal by Gov. Bruce Rauner would provide $500 million in state funding to match private donations for a new statewide research enterprise led by the University of Illinois System that is being developed to accelerate innovation, job creation and economic growth. Defense spending an economic driver for Illinois Feb 27, 2018 2:00 pm Though not generally considered a state that is closely tied to military spending, a new study by the University of Illinois System shows that the defense industry has a significant impact on the Illinois economy.In 2016, the study found that total economic impact of defense spending in Illinois was nearly $12 billion, representing approximately 1.5 percent of the state’s gross domestic product and contributing to more than 136,500 jobs. Alumni, students advocate for U of I System Feb 28, 2018 1:00 pm Nearly 250 current students and alumni met with Illinois legislators Wednesday to advocate for the University of Illinois System during its annual Day at the Capitol in Springfield. The afternoon-long event also included the U of I System’s first-ever Statehouse rally, featuring speeches in the Capitol Rotunda by legislators, a student and a graduate. NIU signs onto accountability-based funding bill introduced by U of I System Mar 8, 2018 1:00 pm Northern Illinois University has signed onto legislation proposed by the University of Illinois System that would guarantee predictable state funding for the universities in exchange for measurable performance standards such as holding down student costs and enrolling Illinois undergraduates. U of I board approves interim deans Mar 15, 2018 1:00 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees appointed interim deans at its universities in Chicago and Springfield on Wednesday, and approved student health insurance premiums for the 2018-19 academic year. U of I System launches 'Altogether Extraordinary' marketing campaign Apr 6, 2018 1:00 pm The University of Illinois System is launching an unprecedented statewide marketing campaign to increase public awareness and support of the three-university system’s far-reaching impact and collective value. Paid gift day program renewed for third year Apr 13, 2018 1:45 pm We are pleased to announce that a program providing additional paid days off during our December/January holidays has been extended to a third straight year.Employees who are eligible for leave benefits will again receive three paid gift days for this year’s Reduced Service Days – on December 27, 28 and 31. Before the program began in 2016, employees had been required to draw from their annual pool of paid time off to be paid for the reduced service days. U of I to host supplier diversity fair Apr 23, 2018 1:45 pm The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host a first-ever outreach event next month to expand business opportunities on the state’s largest campus for firms owned by minorities, women, veterans and people with disabilities. Impact Illinois: 2018 annual report Apr 27, 2018 1:45 pm The University of Illinois System's 2018 annual report, Impact Illinois, is now available online. Agreement reached with State Universities Civil Service System May 15, 2018 1:15 pm Over the last year, the University of Illinois System joined other public universities in talks with the State Universities Civil Service System (SUCSS) to develop new procedures for exempting positions from the civil service system.I write to share the news that an agreement has been reached that complies with state law while still allowing us to exempt academic professional positions from the civil service system, as appropriate. U of I trustees advance capital projects May 17, 2018 12:15 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday helped pave the way for nearly a dozen construction projects that will ultimately total more than a quarter of a billion dollars for new or renovated classroom, research and residential facilities. Trustees advanced 10 projects at the U of I System’s universities in Urbana-Champaign and Chicago that will total more than $263 million when completed and will all be financed without state-appropriated capital funding. U of I to develop faculty hiring plan May 17, 2018 1:15 pm University of Illinois President Tim Killeen announced Thursday that plans will be developed setting an ambitious goal for increased faculty hiring across the three-university system over the next five years. Ghosh named vice president, CFO for U of I System May 29, 2018 1:00 pm Avijit Ghosh, a former business school dean who has served in senior leadership positions across the University of Illinois System for nearly two decades, has been named the system’s permanent vice president and chief financial officer, President Tim Killeen announced today. Illinois Legislature Approves State Budget May 31, 2018 11:45 am We are very pleased to share the news that the University of Illinois System will receive increased funding for operations and its first state capital funding in nine years under a fiscal year 2019 budget approved today by Illinois legislators and sent to the governor. State budget includes $500 million for U of I-led research center Jun 5, 2018 10:00 am A new statewide innovation enterprise led by the University of Illinois System that will accelerate economic growth in Illinois got a major boost when $500 million in funding support approved by the General Assembly in the fiscal 2019 state budget was signed into law Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner. 2018-2019 Salary Program Jun 12, 2018 11:45 am Today, President Killeen announced a 2 percent, merit-based salary program for the 2018-19 academic year. Progress and new partners for Discovery Partners Institute Jun 19, 2018 10:00 am At a press conference today, University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were joined by other public officials and U of I leaders for a progress report on the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) initiative announced last October. First faculty hires from the President’s Distinguished Faculty Hiring Program announced Jun 25, 2018 10:00 am The first seven professors have been hired under a new initiative launched by the University of Illinois System to add more world-class faculty and build on its global standing as a leader in education and innovation, President Tim Killeen announced Monday. Editorial: "What Illinois higher education could be" Jul 11, 2018 12:45 pm University of Illinois System President Timothy Killeen dropped by the Tribune Editorial Board on Tuesday. He delivered a refreshingly upbeat message about the state’s flagship public university system, with campuses in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign. John Marshall Law School to merge into UIC Jul 19, 2018 3:00 pm Chicago’s largest university will be home to the city’s first public law school under an agreement approved Thursday that will make the John Marshall Law School part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Program connects key Chicago leaders, Israeli entrepreneurs Jul 24, 2018 2:45 pm The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), an initiative led by the University of Illinois System to drive economic development through innovation, wrapped up its first international program Tuesday. The IDEAS (Israel, Digital, Arts, Entrepreneurs, and Science) Immersion program connected five teams of entrepreneurs from Tel Aviv University (TAU) with leading Chicago investors, business founders and corporate executives, helping the Israeli entrepreneurs to grow their networks and refine their business plans over the two-week visit. DPI and IIN Information and Discussion Forum meetings Aug 1, 2018 2:15 pm Discussion Forums wlll be held in late August at each university to provide information for faculty and staff about the Discovery Partners Institute and the Illnois Innovation Network, two key parts of the University of Illinois System's research and innovation agenda. Sanders named interim director of DPI Aug 24, 2018 9:00 am William H. Sanders, an award-winning educator and researcher who heads nationally ranked engineering programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named interim director of the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a new world-class innovation center led by the U of I System, President Tim Killeen announced today. Illinois Commitment will help in-state students from middle-income families Aug 27, 2018 9:00 am Through a combination of institutional, federal and state aid, including Pell Grants and Monetary Award Program grants, Illinois Commitment will provide financial awards to cover the tuition and campus fees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for in-state students whose family income is less than $61,000, the current median family income in Illinois. Innovate Springfield joins UIS, becomes first hub of Illinois Innovation Network Aug 28, 2018 10:00 am Innovate Springfield, a downtown Springfield innovation and business incubator, has become part of the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) under an agreement aimed at expanding economic growth, entrepreneurship opportunities and social progress in the capital city, Chancellor Susan Koch announced today. U of I System sets innovation network priorities in Urbana Aug 29, 2018 5:00 pm Building a world-class center devoted to the fast-growing field of data science and expanding an award-winning Research Park are top priorities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the U of I System develops a new statewide innovation network to accelerate job creation and economic growth, officials announced today. President Killeen welcomes students to 2018-19 academic year Aug 30, 2018 10:00 am Welcome to our 2018-19 academic year and thank you for choosing the University of Illinois System. U of I System to present Obama with Douglas Award for Ethics in Government Aug 30, 2018 11:15 am The University of Illinois System will honor former President Barack Obama on Friday, Sept. 7, with the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, presented annually by the system’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) to recognize public officials who promote the highest standards of public service. U of I System sets innovation network priorities at UIC Aug 30, 2018 4:15 pm New research facilities to build on breakthroughs in therapeutic drugs and computer technology at the University of Illinois at Chicago are among top priorities in start-up plans for a new statewide innovation network that the U of I System is developing to accelerate job creation and economic growth, officials announced today. Barack Obama receives award, speaks to students Sep 10, 2018 12:30 pm On Sept. 7, former President Barack Obama was honored by the University of Illinois System with the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, presented annually by the system's Institute of Government and Public Affairs. During his visit, Obama also spoke to students at Foellinger Auditorium. U of I System enrollment grows to nearly 85,600 Sep 12, 2018 9:00 am Total enrollment increased to nearly 85,600 students across the University of Illinois System this fall, up 2.7 percent and rising to a record high for the sixth straight year, President Tim Killeen announced today. Record fundraising success in FY2018 Sep 21, 2018 9:30 am The University of Illinois System and the University of Illinois Foundation today announced recordfundraising for fiscal year 2018 with $498.5 million in new business, comprised of new gifts, grants, pledges and deferred commitments. The total for the fiscal year that ended June 30 is a $212.2 million, or 75 percent, increase from FY2017, and eclipses the all-time high of $434.9 million set in FY2013. 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. Trustees approve $6.8 billion budget Sep 27, 2018 11:45 am The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a $6.8 billion budget for fiscal 2019 with nearly $300 million in projected new revenue that will help fund key educational and research priorities such as faculty, facilities and student financial aid. U of I System honors hundreds of top high school seniors Sep 28, 2018 2:00 pm The University of Illinois System honored hundreds of high-achieving high school seniors today during an annual event that promotes opportunities for Illinois students from traditionally underrepresented minority groups and geographic regions across the state. U of I, EIU and SIU partner to recruit southern Illinois students Oct 3, 2018 2:00 pm About 170 high-achieving high school and community college students from across southern Illinois attended an event today hosted by six of the state’s public universities to keep talented students from the region in Illinois for college. U of I, NIU, WIU and Governors State partner on recruiting effort Oct 9, 2018 12:30 pm About 175 high-achieving high school and community college students from across northwestern Illinois attended an event today hosted by six of the state’s public universities to keep talented students from the region in Illinois for college. 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. New center to accelerate quantum information science and engineering Oct 31, 2018 9:45 am The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is making a $15 million investment in the emerging area of quantum information science and engineering, a field poised to revolutionize computing, communication, security, measurement and sensing by utilizing the unique and powerful capabilities of quantum mechanics. Three faculty named Presidential Fellows Nov 9, 2018 2:45 pm Today U of I System President Tim Killeen named three faculty members to serve as Presidential Fellows. They will share their talents on a part-time basis over the next year to help build on progress in developing the Discovery Partners Institute. U of I System seeks state funding increase Nov 15, 2018 12:00 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request for increased state funding next year to continue building on educational and affordability initiatives that have helped push enrollment across the three-university system to all-time highs. Holiday Greetings Nov 21, 2018 12:45 pm University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen and Dr. Roberta Johnson Killeen deliver best wishes for the holidays to faculty, students, staff, and friends. Discovery Partners Institute and Illinois Innovation Network Dec 7, 2018 12:00 pm The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), the pillars of a new statewide innovation enterprise led by the University of Illinois System, will magnify the time-tested formula for job creation and economic growth to a massive, unprecedented scale. Tel Aviv University joins new U of I-led research center Dec 14, 2018 11:15 am Tel Aviv University (TAU) officially signed on Friday as the first international partner in a pioneering new research center led by the University of Illinois System that will foster innovation to address real-world challenges and drive social and economic growth. U of I trustees dismiss professor Dec 14, 2018 3:45 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Friday dismissed a tenured professor in Urbana-Champaign following allegations that he falsified and fabricated research data in federal grant applications, neglected to properly mentor his graduate students, and failed to take responsibility for errors that occurred in his lab. U of I trustees approve juris doctor degree at UIC Dec 14, 2018 3:45 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Friday established a juris doctor degree for the new John Marshall Law School at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), which will offer the city of Chicago’s first and only law degree at a public university when it welcomes its first class next fall.