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  • U of I System recommends extending in-state tuition freeze

    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 seeking to increase opportunity for minority vendors

    The University of Illinois System would raise goals for spending with businesses owned by minorities, women and people with disabilities under a proposal reviewed Monday by the Board of Trustees’ Audit, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee.

    The proposal, which will be considered by trustees at their Jan. 19 meeting in Chicago, reflects a System-wide commitment to diversity that extends from enrollment and hiring to contracts for construction, supplies and other goods and services, President Tim Killeen said.

  • U of I recommends holding in-state freshman tuition flat

    For the third straight year, the University of Illinois System has proposed no increase in base tuition for in-state freshmen next fall – the longest consecutive freeze in tuition rates in 40 years.

    The proposed in-state tuition freeze for the System’s universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign was reviewed Monday by the Board of Trustees’ Audit, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee, and will be considered by the full board at its Jan. 19 meeting in Chicago.

  • Board secretary appointed

    President Killeen announced the appointment of longtime University of Illinois administrator Dedra “Dee Dee” Williams as secretary of the Board of Trustees and of the University, pending approval by the Board at its Jan. 21 meeting in Chicago.

  • State Budget Update Message

    Dear faculty, staff, students and friends:With the start of the New Year, stopgap state funding that has helped support the University of Illinois System for the last six months ended. My priority is to vigorously advocate to restore full state appropriations for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 and going forward. In the meantime, we are committed to fulfilling the aspirational goals of our new Strategic Framework despite the current budget uncertainties. We will continue to provide a best-in-class educational experience for students, we will retain and recruit great faculty and staff, and until the state honors its obligation, we will continue to advance state Monetary Award Program grants for our students under the same conditions that we have followed since the budget impasse began. 

  • U of I System targets enrollment increase to more than 93,600

    University of Illinois President Tim Killeen will outline plans Thursday to increase enrollment over the next five years by nearly 15 percent, to more than 93,600 students across the U of I System’s universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.Killeen said the growth plan will expand academic programs by capitalizing on the unique strengths of each university, and will raise the U of I System’s commitment to Illinois students.

  • U of I System freezes in-state tuition for fourth straight year

    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

    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 approves base tuition freeze for in-state freshmen

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved tuition rates for next fall with no increase in base tuition for in-state freshmen, extending a tuition freeze at its three universities to a third straight year.The freeze is the longest since tuition rates held steady for four years in the mid-1970s – from 1974-77 – and was approved despite a budget impasse that has significantly reduced state funding for the U of I System for the last two years.

  • Koritz elected U of I board chairman

    Dr. Timothy N. Koritz, who has served on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees since 2009, was elected to a one-year term as chairman during the board’s annual organizational meeting Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Koritz of Roscoe, is a staff anesthesiologist at Rockford Memorial Hospital and a former clinical assistant professor at the U of I College of Medicine at Rockford. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a medical degree from Harvard University.

  • No based tuition increase proposed

    For the second straight year, the University of Illinois has proposed holding the line on base tuition for in-state freshmen next fall, a move that officials say reflects the University’s commitment to student access and affordability.

  • Revised background check policy approved

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a revised policy requiring background checks for all new faculty, academic professional and civil service employees.    

  • Tuition rates held steady by board

    The Board of Trustees approved no increase in base tuition for in-state freshmen next fall – holding rates steady for the second straight year despite continuing uncertainty over state funding 

  • McMillan re-elected as board chair

    Edward L. McMillan was re-elected chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees during its annual organizational meeting Thursday.      

  • State budget update

    "As a new semester begins, we hope there also will be a renewed focus on a state budget to restore funding for the University of Illinois and public higher education across our state. ..."

  • System reaffirms commitment to undocumented students

    Dear students, faculty and staff:The University of Illinois System has earned a place as a global leader in education and discovery by opening our doors wide to the most talented students – and that includes our undocumented students.Recent speculation that the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could be eliminated only strengthens our resolve to continue in our efforts to support student welfare, success and their collective impact on the public good.

  • U of I System administrative realignment enters final stage

    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.

  • Statement issued on Executive Order on Immigration

    Dear students, faculty and staff:The University of Illinois System is a leader in teaching, discovery and outreach in our state, the nation and the world. Our doors are open and welcoming to talented individuals from around the globe and we pledge to ensure that this openness continues into the future. It is at the heart of our commitment to global access and extraordinary impact and is reflected in our Nondiscrimination Statement.

    We are greatly concerned about the negative consequences for members of our community and their families arising from President Trump’s recent Executive Order instituting changes in immigration policy.

    We want to assure you that we are monitoring events closely and we are working with other universities, national organizations, legal counsel and government officials to support and protect all of our international faculty, visiting scholars and students.

  • State of Illinois, U of I System Launch 'Smart State' Partnership

    The State of Illinois and University of Illinois System announced a new partnership Monday which advances Illinois as the nation’s premier ‘Smart State’, integrating next-generation technology to improve quality of life, grow the state’s economy and retain and attract residents.

  • New training program

    To help ensure compliance with new state and federal laws, U of I students, faculty, and staff are expected to participate in a new online training program (mandatory for non-student employees) focusing on preventing discrimination and sexual violence

  • OGR executive director named

    Feb 11: Lindsay Anderson, a former high-ranking legislative advisor in the state capital, has been appointed executive director for governmental relations for the University of Illinois, President Tim Killeen announced Thursday.

  • State funding proposed for new, U of I-led research center

    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.

  • Statement regarding State of Illinois budget

    Negotiations toward a full-year state budget are now underway in Springfield. During this process, our government relations staff and I are in constant discussions with Governor Rauner and the legislature to ensure adequate funding and fiscal predictability for the University of Illinois.

    The governor and legislators are to be commended for their efforts to reach compromise, and the U of I System stands ready to share the expertise of faculty and staff across our three universities in any way possible to help develop a workable plan to move Illinois forward.

  • Defense spending an economic driver for Illinois

    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

    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. 

  • Whitman approved

    Josh Whitman was approved as the new athletic director of Urbana-Champaign's Division of Intercollegiate Athletics by the Executive Committee of the U of I Board of Trustees.

  • Innovation Index

    The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition released information about the growth of entrepreneurial activity at state universities in Illinois.

  • NIU signs onto accountability-based funding bill introduced by U of I System

    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.

  • Urbana Strategic Plan Town Hall

    President Tim Killeen will host a town hall meeting about the draft strategic plan on March 14 starting at 1 pm. The meeting takes place in the Deloitte Auditorium of the Business Instructional Facility.

  • Urbana Chancellor search website

    The U of I at Urbana-Champaign seeks a new chancellor. The search website provides information about the position, the search process, how to nominate or apply, and answers the question "Why Illinois?"

  • U of I board approves leadership appointments

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved several high-level appointments Wednesday, and named a new student-focused innovation center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to honor a lead gift from a foundation headed by alumnus and tech entrepreneur Thomas Siebel.

  • U of I System proposes new financial aid commitment

    University of Illinois President Tim Killeen announced a proposal Wednesday that would provide a minimum of $170 million in annual financial aid over five years to keep talented Illinois high school graduates in the state for college and stem a growing outflow of students to out-of-state schools.The Invest in Illinoisans, or Triple I program, will be introduced Thursday as an amendment to the proposed U of I Investment, Performance, and Accountability Commitment (IPAC), a measure pending in the legislature that would provide predictable funding for university operations over the next five years in exchange for tangible performance goals that serve the needs of the state.

  • U of I board approves interim deans

    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.

  • VP Schook to step down

    Vice President Lawrence Schook is stepping down in August to return to research and faculty work.

  • Sheltered markets contracts approved

    The U of I approved "sheltered market" contracts for IT services at their meeting on Mar 16.

  • Construction contract awarded for UIS student union

    The U of I board approved a $21.7 million contract for a student union at the U of I in Springfield at their meeting on Mar 16.

  • Transfer Information Day

    Southern Illinois students and academic leaders are invited to the inaugural Transfer Information Day on March 22 at the Illinois Marketplace and Maker Literacy Center in Marion.

  • Remarks to Appropriations Committee

    U of I President Tim Killeen delivered remarks to the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee. His remarks focused on the impact of the budget stalemate in Springfield.

  • Presidential Fellow

    Dear colleagues:

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of the newest University of Illinois Presidential Fellow – Professor Benét DeBerry-Spence of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In this role, she will work part-time with me and others across the U of I System to promote innovation in support of our economic development mission.

  • U of I System launches 'Altogether Extraordinary' marketing campaign

    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.

  • Weinberger named U of I System’s director of federal relations

    Paul Weinberger, a veteran congressional staffer with two decades of experience on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies, has been named director of federal relations for the University of Illinois System, President Tim Killeen announced Friday.

  • Paid gift day program renewed for third year

    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.

  • Stop-gap funding statement from President Killeen

    President Killeen issued a statement about the bipartisan effort to provide partial, stop-gap funding for the U of I and other public universities. He also sent a communication on the measure to U of I faculty and staff.

  • U of I to host supplier diversity fair

    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.

  • Seidel named vice president for economic development and innovation

    H. Edward Seidel has been named vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois System, pending Board of Trustees approval, President Tim Killeen announced Monday.

  • 2017 DELTA winners announced

    The 2017 winners of the University Administration Distinguished Employee Leadership and Team Awards (DELTA) were announced recently and honored at a reception.

  • Impact Illinois: 2018 annual report

    The University of Illinois System's 2018 annual report, Impact Illinois, is now available online. 

  • Impact Illinois 2017

    The University of Illinois System's annual report, Impact Illinois 2017, is now available online. 

  • U of I Alumni Day at the Capitol: May 10, 2017

    On Wednesday, May 10, more than 100 alumni from the University of Illinois System’s three universities will unite in Springfield to advocate for higher education at University of Illinois Alumni Day at the Capitol. This event is held in conjunction with the Board of Trustees meeting, which takes place Thursday, May 11.

  • New university partnership targets innovation, economic growth

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University announced a partnership recently to build on the research-based innovation that drives progress and economic growth for the state.