blog posts Commencement ceremonies update Mar 17, 2020 3:00 pm Today University of Illinois System leadership sent a massmail regarding commencement ceremonies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. U of I to expand COVID saliva testing nationally Aug 10, 2020 3:15 pm The Executive Committee of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Monday created a new university-related organization as part of a broad effort to expand the reach of saliva-based testing pioneered by U of I researchers that supports widespread testing with rapid results to limit spread of the COVID-19 virus. Fall semester plans announced Jun 18, 2020 3:00 pm A message was sent today to University of Illinois System students, faculty and staff regarding plans to resume on-campus activities next fall at its universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. U of I System guidelines outlined in response to COVID-19 pandemic Mar 11, 2020 6:30 pm University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen and the chancellors from the system's three universities issued new guidelines today for students, faculty, and staff amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. U of I System creates new, $36 million financial aid fund Apr 16, 2020 9:00 am The University of Illinois System has created a fund that will provide at least $36 million in new, targeted financial aid to help students who are facing increased need now and for the coming academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Tim Killeen announced today. More than 1,200 Illinois K-12 Schools have signed up for SHIELD testing Aug 24, 2021 3:00 pm More than 1,200 K-12 schools across the state have signed up to use the SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 saliva test for the start of the 2021-22 academic year. More than 650,000 students in Illinois will now have access to the test, pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Don, Anne Edwards donate $10 million to U of I Feb 12, 2020 10:15 am University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Don Edwards and his wife, Anne, on Wednesday announced a $10 million gift to their alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – the largest gift ever by a U of I trustee. Two U of I System universities move up in rankings of the country’s best May 11, 2021 11:00 am The University of Illinois System now has two universities among the top 11 public institutions in the country, according to the newly released QS World University Rankings: USA. U of I System assisting state in COVID-19 response Mar 26, 2020 3:00 pm The University of Illinois System is sharing expertise and resources from across its three universities and healthcare enterprise to support the state’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic. CDC endorses Test to Stay strategy piloted by IDPH, SHIELD Illinois Dec 20, 2021 8:00 am A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report published today confirms that the Test to Stay program, created locally by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and operated by SHIELD Illinois, can help keep kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) students in the classroom. As a result of the report, the CDC endorsed Test to Stay as a useful strategy to be implemented in schools. 28 receive U of I System honor for leading COVID-19 response Aug 23, 2021 12:00 pm University of Illinois President Tim Killeen on Monday honored 28 key leaders of the system’s COVID-19 response with the Presidential Medallion. The medallion is the highest honor that the system president can bestow. Trustees approve measures to advance capital projects Mar 12, 2020 12:00 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday took steps to advance important capital projects at two U of I System universities. U of I System receives FDA authorization for covidSHIELD test process Mar 1, 2021 12:00 pm The University of Illinois System received emergency use authorization (EUA) today from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for covidSHIELD, its innovative saliva-based COVID-19 test that was used on the U of I campuses to hold the virus in check by utilizing widespread testing with rapid results. Fall 2020 planning Apr 28, 2020 10:00 am President Tim Killeen has created a system-wide coordinating committee to support the system's three universities as they begin planning for the reopening of campuses in the fall and examining the changes that will be required to ensure both safety and excellence. Nicholas Jones named executive vice president of U of I System Oct 28, 2022 10:30 am Nicholas P. Jones has been appointed as the new executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs of the University of Illinois System, President Tim Killeen announced today. Jones will serve as second-in-command to the president, senior operating officer and chief academic officer of Illinois’ flagship university system. U of I System invests nearly $2 million in arts and humanities Jan 24, 2019 3:45 pm Pop-up galleries, an Illinois writer’s festival, theater renovations and using virtual reality to teach performance are among the projects funded in a new, nearly $2 million initiative by the University of Illinois System aimed at emphasizing the impact and influence of the arts and humanities across Illinois. Jay Walsh named interim VP for economic development and innovation Apr 30, 2020 10:30 am Joseph “Jay” Walsh, a biomedical engineering scholar with a lengthy track record of turning transformative research into economic opportunity, has been named interim vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois System, President Tim Killeen announced Thursday. William C. Jackson to lead Discovery Partners Institute Jan 8, 2020 10:00 am William C. Jackson, a former president at Johnson Controls and an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named to head the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), the world-class center for research and innovation led by the U of I System, President Tim Killeen announced today. 2021-22 Salary Program May 14, 2021 9:00 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. U.S. News & World Report ranks U of I System universities high Sep 12, 2022 3:00 pm All three University of Illinois System universities again ranked high among public institutions and universities nationwide in the 2022-23 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. U of I System universities rank high in latest U.S. News & World Report Sep 13, 2021 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 2022 Best Colleges rankings, with Top 10 ratings in a number of categories. SHIELD Illinois opens two free COVID testing sites in Chicago May 17, 2022 3:00 pm SHIELD Illinois is opening two additional free community testing sites in Chicago this month, bringing its total number of locations statewide to 45. The sites will be located at Northeastern Illinois University’s locations in the Bronzeville and El Centro neighborhoods. These newly opened community sites increase access to COVID testing in underserved communities. CDPH to utilize innovative covidSHIELD test in select city schools Jun 1, 2021 10:00 am The University of Illinois System today announced that it will begin providing its innovative saliva-based covidSHIELD test to select K-12 Chicago schools through funding from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). The $20 million in funding will go to the system’s nonprofit SHIELD Illinois unit, which provides testing throughout the state. U of I System has two universities in QS rankings of nation's best May 26, 2020 1:00 pm The University of Illinois System has two universities that are among the top 15 public institutions in the nation, according to a newly designed set of rankings highlighting institutions that best serve the needs of students and are effecting positive social and economic change, such as equitability and sustainability. More world-class faculty added under U of I System initiative Feb 4, 2019 10:15 am Seven additional professors have expanded the inaugural class to 14 in the first year of a new initiative launched by the University of Illinois System to add more world-class faculty and build its global standing as a leader in education and innovation. UI Ride: shuttle service launching soon Sep 6, 2019 11:00 am We are delighted to announce the upcoming launch of UI Ride, a new University of Illinois System shuttle service that will make its inaugural run on October 31. Trustees set tuition rates for 2022-23 academic year Jan 20, 2022 8:00 am The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved modest tuition increases for in-state freshmen starting school next fall, only the second tuition increase in the past eight years. Illinois Innovation Network adds 9 new hubs May 15, 2019 8:45 am The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), a group of hubs across the state that aims to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development, announced the addition of nine new members today. IIN now has 15 hubs, including all of Illinois’ public universities and spans the entire state. Avijit Ghosh named interim executive VP for U of I System May 19, 2021 9:30 am Avijit Ghosh, vice president/chief financial officer and comptroller for the University of Illinois System since 2018, has been named interim executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 15, President Tim Killeen announced today. New Shield T3 board installs inaugural officers Aug 19, 2020 4:00 pm The Board of Managers of a new organization created to expand the reach of saliva-based COVID-19 testing pioneered by University of Illinois researchers installed its inaugural slate of officers during an organizational meeting Wednesday. SHIELD Illinois launches free testing site at DePaul's Loop Campus Jan 18, 2022 8:15 am SHIELD Illinois, the University of Illinois System’s in-state, non-profit COVID-testing unit, is partnering with DePaul University and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to launch a free community testing site at DePaul’s Loop Campus. U of I System's fall enrollment tops 94,700 Sep 8, 2021 10:00 am Enrollment grew nearly 5 percent to more than 94,700 students across the University of Illinois System this fall, setting a record for the ninth straight year despite the pressures of a global pandemic, President Tim Killeen announced today. DPI announces first round of seed funding recipients Mar 27, 2019 10:00 am Helping communities utilize sustainable development strategies, creating a statewide pipeline to train computer science teachers, and integrating people with autism spectrum disorders into the technology and innovation workforce are among the projects funded in the Discovery Partners Institute’s (DPI) first round of seed grants. Marie Lynn Miranda named chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago Nov 11, 2022 11:30 am Marie Lynn Miranda, former provost of the University of Notre Dame and a leader in the drive to make higher education more inclusive, will be the new chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and a vice president of the University of Illinois System. U of I System team to help coordinate coronavirus response Mar 2, 2020 5:30 pm The University of Illinois System has established a new COVID-19 Planning and Response Team to help coordinate the system’s response to and communication about the novel coronavirus, U of I System President Tim Killeen announced Monday. Trustees approve plan for liaison office in India Jul 22, 2021 11:45 am University of Illinois System trustees on Thursday voted to establish a system liaison office in New Delhi, India, and a branch office in Bengaluru (Bangalore) to engage in student recruitment and further develop relationships with academic and corporate partners and alumni in the country. U of I System extends in-state tuition freeze Jan 31, 2019 2:00 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a fifth-straight tuition freeze for in-state freshmen next fall, extending an affordability initiative that is now the longest run of back-to-back freezes in more than a half-century. Professor Barbara Ransby named MacArthur Chair Jul 30, 2020 10:00 am University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Barbara Ransby has been named a John D. MacArthur Chair, University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen announced Thursday. U of I trustees freeze undergraduate tuition rates for 2021 Jan 21, 2021 11:45 am The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday voted to freeze tuition for incoming in-state freshmen and non-resident undergraduates for the 2021-22 academic year. Janet L. Gooch named chancellor of University of Illinois Springfield Mar 22, 2022 11:00 am Janet L. Gooch, the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at Truman State University, an accomplished higher education leader and educator, has been named chancellor of the University of Illinois Springfield and vice president for the University of Illinois System, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees at its May 19 meeting. System statement on legal opposition to new ICE rules Jul 10, 2020 5:15 pm The University of Illinois System announced its opposition to new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement visa restrictions for international students. Community colleges in Illinois now have option to provide free covidSHIELD tests to state residents Apr 19, 2021 1:45 pm Community colleges across the state now have the ability to provide the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 test at no cost to any state resident who wants one. U of I System and Illinois Tech announce new research partnership Jul 10, 2019 1:00 pm Illinois Institute of Technology signed an agreement Wednesday to partner in a new research center led by the University of Illinois System that will spark breakthrough discoveries, fueling economic growth of the state of Illinois and city of Chicago while nurturing and retaining next-generation talent. U of I System adds new academic, research partners in India Dec 17, 2018 12:00 pm The University of Illinois System signed agreements for new academic and research partnerships with seven of India’s top universities and research agencies during a weeklong visit to India by President Tim Killeen and a delegation of system and university officials. State budget provides increase in U of I System appropriation Apr 12, 2022 4:15 pm The new state budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly and expected to be signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker will provide $655.2 million in general operating funds to the University of Illinois System for the coming fiscal year, as well as a $122 million increase for the Monetary Award Program (MAP), the state’s primary student financial aid program. 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. 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. UIC Provost Javier Reyes will serve as interim chancellor Apr 29, 2022 11:00 am University of Illinois Chicago Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Javier Reyes will serve as interim chancellor of the university upon the departure of Chancellor Michael Amiridis, University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen said today. 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. University of Illinois System opens office in Mexico City Sep 30, 2022 10:15 am The new system office in Mexico City will focus on student recruiting and alumni engagement, as well interactions with Mexican universities and the private sector.