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Criminology/Criminal Justice Major to Debut at EIU in the Fall4/24/2017
Although the new criminology/criminal justice major at Eastern Illinois University won’t begin to be offered until the fall, organizers are already confident that it will soon become one of the school’s most popular degree programs.

Fiscal Year 2018 Higher Education Budget Recommendations4/24/2017
Major highlights of the Fiscal Year 2018 General Funds Budget Recommendations include: ...

Rossio Named Employee of the Month for April 4/24/2017
Western Illinois University Staff Clerk Cheryl Rossio, of the office of University Advising and Academic Services, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for April.

U of I students ask lawmakers for education funding 3/30/2017
Wednesday, more than 200 students from the University of Illinois system's three universities met with legislators during U of I Day at the state capitol.

University of Illinois Library launches open-access digital publishing network3/30/2017
The University of Illinois Library has launched a digital publishing initiative, the Illinois Open Publishing Network, with its first work – a new English translation of a memoir of Claude Monet.

College of Business accreditation extended by AACSB3/30/2017
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International Board of Directors has approved extension of accreditation of graduate and undergraduate programs in business...

Higher ed leaders want, need state budget3/22/2017
When it comes to the ongoing state budget stalemate, just about every group has a story to tell. Social service agencies, local school districts, businesses that go unpaid for months on end, public employee unions — the list goes on.

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Illinois State graduate programs3/22/2017
Illinois State University is included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 edition of the Best Graduate Schools rankings. Illinois State is recognized for its graduate programs...

Americans with Disabilities Act: How to meet the needs of differently abled people 3/22/2017
Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance will be hosting “Meeting the Needs of Those Who are Differently Abled” on Tuesday, March 28, 1-2:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, University Suite.

Alumni Recruit Prospective Employees during SIUE Spring Career Fairs3/3/2017
Multiple Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumni were among the representatives from more than 200 major companies seeking prospective employees during the Career Development Center’s spring career fairs held Tuesday, Feb. 28-Thursday, March 2.

'This is Carbondale' showcases students' talents3/3/2017
A new book that chronicles the spirit of Carbondale residents and the campus community also serves as a showcase of the talents of Southern Illinois University Carbondale students. 

Second annual report available on Illinois students’ success after graduation3/3/2017
Two-thirds of recent University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduates who found employment after college have remained in the state of Illinois to work, according to the second annual analysis of information gleaned from survey responses and other rep

Noteworthy at Northeastern: Fighting for higher education2/13/2017
Northeastern Illinois University made its presence felt at a major rally for higher education in the state capital this week. We’ve got news on the day in Springfield, awards for Business students and a new Instagram account you definitely want to follow.

UIS College of Business and Management earns prestigious AACSB reaccreditation 2/13/2017
The College of Business and Management at the University of Illinois Springfield has been reaccredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

President Thomas, BOT Chair Early Participate in Higher Education Rally 2/13/2017
Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas spoke before the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education Rally in the Capitol Rotunda in Springfield. The coalition hosted the event to advocate...

Budget stalemate leaves some universities 'running on fumes'2/8/2017
Public community college and university officials in Illinois are walking a tightrope, trying to emphasize the harm being done by the ongoing state budget stalemate without scaring off potential students and making matters worse.

Program explores resources for students and employees with disabilities 2/8/2017
Being a successful employee or student may require a little extra support, especially if you have a disability. There should be no shame in requesting assistance that helps you to succeed. NIU offers many resources to...

Andrea Francis Named Employee of the Month For February 2/8/2017
Western Illinois University Staff Clerk Andrea Francis, of Senior Library Specialist in Libraries, has been named the AI and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for February.

School of Public Health partners with Chicago public health office1/30/2017
On Jan. 25 the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health will launch a new progressive partnership aimed at improving public health in Chicago.

U. of I. plans tuition freeze, major enrollment growth 1/24/2017
University of Illinois is rolling out an ambitious effort to boost enrollment by 15 percent over the next five years, growing the three campuses to more than 93,600 students.

SIUE Expands Use of Renewable Electricity 1/24/2017
As of January 2017, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is purchasing 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources through the use of renewable energy credits. Renewable energy previously made up 50 percent of the University’s electr

College of Ed online grad programs make U.S. News rankings for fifth year 1/17/2017
Online graduate programs in the NIU College of Education continue to perform near the top of the country, according to new rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News Ranks SIUE School of Nursing Online Grad Programs Among the Best 1/17/2017
U.S. News & World Report highly ranked Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Nursing among the top 100 in its 2017 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs list released Jan. 10. The School is ranked 94th among 140 schools nationally.

New online master’s degree in strategic brand communication to prepare future brand leaders1/17/2017
A new interdisciplinary graduate degree from the University of Illinois seeks to arm future global brand leaders with the latest methods, techniques and strategies to market, advertise and deliver brand communications across diverse multimedia...

Pathways to Top Careers1/12/2017
It’s common knowledge that a college degree leads to higher income and greater opportunity. But there are a lot of different college degrees, and some of them must be preferable to others when a student is looking for things like employability, income, an

Senate holds off on budget deal vote; House passes temporary plan 1/12/2017
The Illinois Senate won’t vote on a proposed bipartisan compromise to end the state’s 18-month budget standoff until after the new General Assembly takes office on Wednesday.

Meredith Named January Employee of the Month1/12/2017
Western Illinois University Staff Clerk Tracy Meredith, of the Office of Sponsored Projects, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for January.

GSU Earns Prestigious Accreditation1/3/2017
Governors State University’s College of Business has received one of the most distinguished honors awarded to any business education program in the world: accreditation from AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AA

Fiscal Year 2018 Higher Education Budget Recommendations1/3/2017
Major highlights of the Fiscal Year 2018 General Funds Budget Recommendations include:

Illinois State named a top school for veterans1/3/2017
Illinois State University has once again been named a top school in the Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) Guide to Colleges & Universities. The 2017 guide measures best practices in military and veteran...

EIU Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Saturday, Dec. 1712/15/2016
Approximately 450 graduates plan to participate in Eastern Illinois University's Fall 2016 Commencement, scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 17, in Lantz Arena.

Commencement messages focus on diversity, inclusion12/15/2016
Northeastern Illinois University alumnus Thomas White touched on themes of diversity, social responsibility and giving back during the University’s Commencement ceremony on Dec. 11 at UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

SURS Approves FY 2018 State Contribution12/15/2016
The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) Board of Trustees on Friday certified the state contribution to the System of $1.75 billion for fiscal year 2018; a 5 percent increase over fiscal year 2017.

Illinois State named Gold Medal Military Friendly School12/12/2016
Illinois State University has been named a Gold Medal-level Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs SM, and Military Spouse. The designation gives extra recognition to programs at Illinois State...

Watts Named Employee of the Year at Western 12/12/2016
The Western Illinois University Civil Service Employees Council (CSEC) has named Office of Public Safety Police Sergeant Derek Watts the 2016 Civil Service Employee of the Year.

Hamlin Named December Employee of the Month12/12/2016
Western Illinois University Chief Clerk Jenni Hamlin has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for December.

Noteworthy at Northeastern: The Midwest’s most diverse12/7/2016
It doesn’t matter who crunches the numbers. They all come up with the same result: Northeastern Illinois University is the most diverse institution in the Midwest. Read about the latest high-profile recognition for the...

#GivingTuesdayNIU beats fundraising goal by 91 percent 12/7/2016
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of NIU alumni, donors, friends, parents, faculty and staff, #GivingTuesdayNIU was an unprecedented success!

SIU Family Medicine-Carbondale Earns National Recognition12/7/2016
The Southern Illinois University Family and Community Medicine program in Carbondale has received highest recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home, praised for its dedication to quality care and care coordination.

ISU students lobby lawmakers for MAP funding11/23/2016
Students at Illinois State University joined others across the state on Wednesday in calling their legislators to let them know their concerns about funding for higher education and the Monetary Award Program.

EIU Named Institution of the Year by the IRHA11/22/2016
The Illinois Residence Hall Association has named Eastern Illinois University the Institution of the Year for 2016.  This award is the highest honor an IRHA member school can attain.

Online system makes finding and applying for scholarships easy 11/22/2016
The Scholarship and Financial Aid Office, together with the NIU Foundation, is excited to announce that NIU students have a new way to view and apply for scholarships.

EIU, Rural King Partnership Gets Eastern's Name On the Road11/16/2016
By partnering with a Coles County-based business, Eastern Illinois University is getting its name spread throughout Illinois and beyond. EIU shares its billing with Rural King, a farm and home company headquartered..

SIUE Engineering Students Awarded at IEEE Black Box Competition 11/16/2016
Three teams of engineering students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville represented the School of Engineering proudly, when they earned two second place spots and one third place award at the 2016 Institute of...

Can Illinois reduce benefits for university employees? 11/15/2016
John Carr, attorney at Maduff & Maduff, LLC, will speak to legal issues surrounding possible changes in pensions and benefits for current and retired NIU employees on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 4:40 – 6 p.m. in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes

UIS part of a national study aimed at improving quality and transparency in state budgets 11/15/2016
The University of Illinois Springfield has teamed with The Volcker Alliance to help conduct a national multiyear study aimed at improving budgeting and fiscal sustainability in all 50 states.

UIS students collect a record 14,085 pounds of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank on Halloween night 11/7/2016
Hundreds of University of Illinois Springfield students helped to collect a record 14,085 pounds of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank on Halloween night. The total breaks a previous Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods record of 11,620 pounds of food coll

$3M NSF grant to send UIC students on historic arctic expedition10/31/2016
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is seeking a select group of students for a historic summer expedition that will send them from city to sea under the banner of the National Science Foundation.

Grant funds training for small produce growers, food processors10/31/2016
The guidebook to new regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act is a weighty tome -- at least 500 pages. Ruplal Choudhary, associate professor of plant, soil and agricultural systems at Southern Illinois...

Medical Students Working with Local Physicians10/31/2016
Family physicians in nine Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine October 25 – November 17. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.

Prospective Students Invited to Tour Campus, More During Nov. 11 Open House10/28/2016
Eastern Illinois University invites all prospective students to get a first-hand look at the campus and its offerings during a free open house on Friday, Nov. 11.

New Report Finds Student Debt on the Rise Across Illinois, US10/28/2016
Student debt is on the rise across Illinois and much of the country, a new national report has found, but the number of students graduating with debt actually saw a slight decline here in the Prairie State.

WQPT's Schmitt Named WIU Employee of the Month for November 10/28/2016
Western Illinois University Administrative Assistant Dawn Schmitt, of WQPT in the Quad Cities, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for November.

New partner for Institute for Financial Planning10/17/2016
Illinois State University’s Institute for Financial Planning and Analysis has partnered with the Central Illinois Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

Noteworthy at Northeastern: A new leader10/17/2016
Northeastern Illinois University has a new leader, and Richard Helldobler’s first week as Interim President was packed with exciting announcements. We’ve got the latest on another top ranking, two high-profile grants...

White Named Civil Service Employee of the Month for October10/17/2016
Western Illinois University Office Manager Karla White, of the department of music, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for October.

Northeastern Illinois University earns $5.6 million grant to boost retention efforts10/11/2016
The United States Department of Education has awarded Northeastern Illinois University a five-year, $5.6 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions - Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (HSI-STEM) and Articulation...

Oct 26 STEM Café to explore roots and implications of the “Sharing Economy” 10/11/2016
At the next STEM Café, “Market Morph,” two NIU experts will explore the recent boom in the “sharing economy,” in which businesses help private individuals rent each other’s houses, cars and other assets.

SIU will cover students’ MAP grants for spring semester10/11/2016
Southern Illinois University System President Randy Dunn announced today (Oct. 10) that the SIU Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses will cover MAP grants for students for the spring 2017 semester.

Illinois State raises over $21 million in FY2016 private fundraising efforts9/29/2016
Illinois State University has just recorded the second largest fundraising year in the institution’s history. In fiscal year 2016, Illinois State raised more than $21.6 million through the support of corporate partners, friends of the University,...

Ready, STEM, Go! Seventh Annual STEMfest set for Oct. 8 9/29/2016
For the seventh consecutive year, NIU’s popular STEMfest will amaze and inform thousands of visitors of all ages at the Convocation Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8.

SIUE Continues Sustainability Successes 9/29/2016
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has achieved several sustainability successes in recent years and is looking forward to many more according to Interim Vice Chancellor for Administration Rich Walker.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission to receive Digital Government Achievement Award9/22/2016
Illinois’ college access and financial aid agency, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), is slated to receive an award for its innovative student portal that aids students who are planning for education and related financing.

Educational technology conference, Sept. 239/22/2016
Illinois State’s educator preparation program is hosting the 7th annual Teaching in the 21st Century Conference (T21Con) from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday, September 23, in the Bone Student Center.

Northeastern to host four #EarlyFAFSA workshops9/22/2016
The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, provides more than $150 billion in grants, work-study funds and loans each year. Students can apply for their 2017-18 aid beginning Oct. 1, 2016, using 2015 income data.

Strom Named Civil Service Employee of the Month9/15/2016
Western Illinois University Business Administrative Associate Diana Strom, of the Financial Aid office, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for September.

Illinois researcher looks at how software design controls our interactions with technology9/15/2016
University of Illinois professor Ben Grosser sees his fingers as engaged in a choreographed dance as he uses the trackpad on his computer or scrolls through a list of contacts on his phone. The software is directing...

$4.2 million federal grant establishes center for worker health at UIC9/15/2016
The University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health has received a five-year, $4.2 million federal grant to establish the UIC Center for Healthy Work.

Washington Monthly Ranks SIUE Among Top Master’s Universities in Illinois9/6/2016
For the seventh-consecutive year, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is in Washington Monthly’s Top 60 for master’s universities in the nation. SIUE is third among all master’s institutions in Illinois on the national magazine’s list.

UIC earns national award for diversity and inclusion9/6/2016
The University of Illinois at Chicago received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

WIU 2016 CBT Professional Development Series9/6/2016
Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology (CBT) will host the annual Professional Development Series Sept. 8-27. The series is made possible with funding from John Deere North America Recruiting and Staffing.

SIU among top 25 best colleges for adult learners8/30/2016
Southern Illinois University Carbondale has earned a top-25 spot on the Washington Monthly 2016 College Guide’s inaugural rankings of the “Best 4-Year Colleges for Adult Learners.”

UIS students give back to the community during the first week of classes8/30/2016
University of Illinois Springfield students volunteered at nine Springfield locations on Friday, August 26, 2016, as part of the annual Welcome Week Service-A-Thon.

Veterans Services at Western Illinois University8/30/2016
Western Illinois University has a long and rich tradition of honoring and serving veterans and active members of the armed forces. The University provides numerous on-campus resources for veterans and military personnel, as well as the flexibility of acad

Northeastern Illinois University ranks in Top 10 nationally for least debt8/15/2016
Northeastern Illinois University students graduate with the ninth-lowest student loan debt nationally among public four-year colleges and universities, according to a report released Aug. 12, 2016. Among all four-year colleges and universities, Northeaste

Stream Discovery Program is focus of workshop8/15/2016
A September workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center offers area teachers, educators and others who work with children in grades 5-12 a chance to learn about the Stream Discovery Program...

New Grant Boosts Madison County Energy Industry 8/15/2016
Thanks to a partnership that includes Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC), Madison County’s energy industry will be the subject of a study that will link economic and workforce development with educ

SIUE Welcomes Chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook 8/8/2016
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dr. Randy Pembrook officially began his appointment as the University’s ninth chancellor on Monday, Aug. 1. During his first day, Pembrook was welcomed by SIUE mascot Eddie the Cougar,...

Students returning to Illinois State8/4/2016
Around 6,100 students will travel to Illinois State University August 3-21 for the fall 2016 move-in. Students will have assigned move-in dates and times depending on their housing assignment.

Noteworthy at Northeastern: An Interim President8/4/2016
Northeastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees has announced the appointment by unanimous vote of Provost Richard J. Helldobler as Interim President of the University effective Oct. 1, 2016.

Staley Named August Employee of the Month 8/4/2016
Western Illinois University Office Manager Christine Staley, of the WIU Department of Psychology, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for August.

NIU launches Financial Risk Management program in Chicago8/1/2016
Northern Illinois University is launching a new program in downtown Chicago this fall, offering students an opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree in financial risk management.

Students benefit from new exercise science technology8/1/2016
Two new sophisticated pieces of equipment acquired by one of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s fastest-growing programs will benefit students and members of the community.

International Students Spend Summer at WIU8/1/2016
Students from Shanghai Customs College (China) spent three weeks (July 7-29) studying American Policies, border issues, customs, and the American criminal justice system on the Macomb campus of Western Illinois University.

NIU student elected to Illinois Board of Higher Education 7/26/2016
NIU student Stephanie Torres Celis has been elected as the new student member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. She is one of two students selected by an advisory committee to serve on the...

WIU Budget Update7/26/2016
We are pleased that the Governor and Legislators came to an agreement that provides funding for higher education. Senate Bill 2047, which passed on June 30, 2016...

University leaders say stopgap budget only a step 7/26/2016
Stopgap funding the state approved last month hasn’t ended ongoing budget worries at state universities. Southern Illinois University and Eastern Illinois university leaders have voiced the same concerns about long-term funding.

School leadership program earns accolades from the Illinois Education Research Council7/18/2016
Northeastern Illinois University’s 2-year-old State of Illinois principal preparation program has received special mention and accolades from the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) for the “partnership board” component of the program.

SIU Family Medicine Recognized for Diabetes Education 7/18/2016
The Department of Family and Community Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has been awarded recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for its diabetes self-management education program.

SIU board adopts framework for system-wide diversity initiatives7/18/2016
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today (July 14) unanimously adopted a framework for system-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives. Meeting at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, board members approved a framework that includes

Education Desk: IBHE Warns Illinois Schools Still Under Accreditation Scrutiny 7/14/2016
During the recent state budget impasse, Illinois colleges and universities have been forced to scrape by without state funding, except for stop gap money designed to keep them open through the fall semester.

Noteworthy at Northeastern: Retirement of the president7/14/2016
At the end of a town hall event on July 6, Northeastern Illinois University President Sharon Hahs announced that she will retire at the end of September. “It has been my honor and joy to work with committed...

Center funds three energy-related studies7/14/2016
A Southern Illinois University Carbondale center dedicated to finding energy solutions for tomorrow is funding three studies by researchers that are designed to increase efficiency and preserve the environment.

Stopgap budget again leaves out MAP grants7/11/2016
Some students and colleges still will have to find alternatives to pay college tuition, as Illinois’ stopgap budget takes care of outstanding balances from last school year but doesn’t address the upcoming one.

UPDATED: SIU will cover MAP grants for students this fall, but layoffs, other cuts underway7/11/2016
A week after lawmakers in Springfield inked a $1 billion stopgap budget deal for higher education, Southern Illinois University announced Tuesday that the school will cover grants for low-income students...

Budget deal doesn't deliver stability for higher ed 7/11/2016
There was a collective sigh of relief on college campuses across Illinois when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a short-term budget deal that will pump nearly $1 billion into the state’s higher education system.

CSU Receives a $12 million Health Profession Opportunity Grant7/6/2016
Chicago State University (CSU) has received a twelve million dollar Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) administered by the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

President Baker emails university community on state budget action7/6/2016
NIU President Doug Baker sent this message today to members of the university community. In the closing hours of the fiscal year, we received some very positive news to report.

People with student loan debt oppose Obama’s tuition-free college plan, study finds7/6/2016
A recent analysis of online conversations about President Obama’s proposed plan for tuition-free community colleges, America’s College Promise, indicates that a significant number of people...

Griffith Named July Employee of the Month6/30/2016
Western Illinois University Applications Analyst Jill Griffith, of Administrative Information Management Systems (AIMS), has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for July.

Will it take shuttered schools to force a budget compromise in Illinois?6/22/2016
Christopher Z. Mooney is the director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois and the W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics on the Springfield campus. He spoke with News...

Nelson Named WIU Trustee6/22/2016
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced the appointment of Steven Nelson, attorney and shareholder with Califf and Harper in Moline (IL), and a 1970 graduate, to the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees.

New engineering online degree program available6/22/2016
Online education opportunities are once again expanding at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Engineering, with a new degree program slated to hit the internet this fall.

Watch the IBHE Board Meeting Live on June 21st6/21/2016
Stream the meeting via YouTube.

Fewer MAP Grant Applications Filed6/21/2016
Thousand of Illinois students apparently don’t want to risk the state's MAP grant delays and disappointments. New numbers from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission show a 13 percent drop in Monetary Assistance Program applications this year.

Changes to student financial aid policy created "flawed," debt-based system6/21/2016
A series of modifications to federal student financial aid policy have eroded perceptions of higher education as a public good in the U.S., creating a “flawed” financial aid system that promotes both personal debt and tuition increases, a new study sugges

2016 Report on Efforts by State Universities to Promote the Green Technology Industry6/16/2016
The Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College Board shall annually publicize on their Internet websites information concerning efforts made by State universities and community colleges to promote the green technology industry,...

GSU in "trouble," president tells Will County, state officials 6/16/2016
Will County's only public university — Governors State University — is in "trouble," according to its President Elaine Maimon, as she addressed the county board's legislative committee Tuesday morning.

How to build ethical leaders 6/16/2016
Bill McCoy is a believer. As the director of the Building Ethical Leaders Using an Integrated Ethics Framework (BELIEF) Program in the NIU College of Business, he knows the importance of ethics and spends each day ensuring...

EIU Budget Update -- A Letter from EIU President David M. Glassman6/9/2016
As I am sure you are aware, our state leaders failed to resolve the budgetary impasse in Springfield by their scheduled adjournment date of May 31. Although there was much work done in the capital to move toward...

WIU would receive $45M under proposed ‘bridge’ bill6/9/2016
Cash-strapped Western Illinois University would receive a$45 million state appropriation under a bill introduced by Illinois House Republicans on Tuesday, as legislators failed to meet a deadline to reach a complete budget for the fiscal year starting Jul

NIU Department of Police and Public Safety earns national accolades6/9/2016
In an emergency, seconds count. That’s why it’s important that NIU’s Department of Police and Public Safety is close. The National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Foundation recently recognized NIU’s police...

NIU President Baker emails university community on Springfield situation6/3/2016
Mike Mann, NIU’s director of State Relations, and I were in Springfield earlier this week working with legislative leaders and the governor’s office. It’s clear that both the legislative and executive branch members understand the extreme...

Hundreds of Freshmen Turn Out for SIUE’s First Summer Springboard Session6/3/2016
More than 200 freshmen visited Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to partake in Springboard to Success on Tuesday, May 31. The first of 10 summer sessions of Springboard concludes today.

Rauner: Make compromise a reality - balanced budget alongside reform 6/3/2016
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today reiterated his call for rank-and-file members of the Illinois General Assembly to work alongside him to pass a balanced budget with structural reforms that will put our state on a path to prosperity.

Study links student loans with lower net worth, housing values after college5/26/2016
Student loan debt may negatively impact young people’s ability to accumulate wealth after they graduate or drop out of college, a new study suggests.

WIU Graduates' Planned Gift Establishes Three Scholarships at WIU 5/26/2016
Tom and Alice Berntson met in a Western Illinois University German class in Sallee Hall in 1972. The then-juniors were enrolled in the same class due to a requirement in Tom's major...

Leaving a Legacy of Research5/26/2016
The Department of Pharmacology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has announced three award winners. Michelle Herberts, a Class of 2016 graduate, received the Satu M. Somani Excellence in Pharmacology...

Budget stalemate erodes interest in some Illinois colleges5/25/2016
High school seniors' unease over the lack of state funding for Illinois universities is contributing to a drop in applications at a number of campuses, and the problem appears to primarily affect schools facing some of the toughest financial struggles

University Housing Promotes Sustainability During May Closing 5/25/2016
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s University Housing residents who moved out in spring 2016 had the opportunity to donate excess food and goods before leaving campus, making for a lighter car ride home and a more sustainable May closing.

Camp Invention, summer program fostering creativity and problem-solving, returning to UIS5/25/2016
The University of Illinois Springfield will host Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program that is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Madigan Introduces New MAP Grant Funding Plan5/23/2016
House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced a plan to fund MAP grants for college students after Tuesday's leaders meeting wrapped up. This comes a few weeks after Governor Rauner signed a bill to partially fund MAP grants.

UIC School of Design chosen for international furniture exhibition5/23/2016
The University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Design is one of 14 schools selected to exhibit at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) during NYCxDESIGN week, May 14-17.

Allerton Park kicks off its concert series 5/23/2016
Allerton Park and Retreat Center will kick off its concert series Friday, May 6. The “Kick Off Concert” for this year’s Allerton Park Concert Series will feature Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, playing roots, rhythm and blues, soul, ...

EIU Reduces Summer Hours; Booth Library, Admissions Among Exceptions5/17/2016
In a continuing effort to conserve resource dollars, Eastern Illinois University is once again closing selected buildings and offices from noon on Fridays until Monday mornings during the summer months.

ISU, others may have to wait for more money5/17/2016
Illinois State University, like other higher education institutions in the state, is hoping for more state funding, but it might need to get in line behind social service agencies, according to what ISU's director of state governmental relations has b

NIU Today to illuminate extraordinary people on campus5/17/2016
As commencement excitement sweeps campus – and the spotlight focuses on our talented students, their amazing accomplishments and bright futures – NIU Today is gearing up to acknowledge the people who...

Illinois Senate votes for $454 million higher-education package5/9/2016
For the second time in two weeks, the Illinois Senate moved to loosen the financial death grip on the state’s higher education system, which has been starved of operating revenue by a record-setting, 11-month state budget stalemate.

SIU braces for enrollment drop in the fall, points fingers at Springfield 5/9/2016
Southern Illinois University officials are bracing for another enrollment drop in the fall — and they’re pointing fingers at Springfield. "We're not there yet to give you specific data," said SIU Carbondale Chancellor Brad Colwell.

Size of incoming UI freshman class similar to '155/9/2016
University of Illinois officials say they expect to see a similar-size freshman class next fall, based on the number of students who accepted the UI’s offer of admission by May 1.

Bipartisan efforts coming to fruition in legislature 5/5/2016
Following last month’s agreement to get stopgap funding to public universities and community colleges, other green shoots of bipartisanship are starting to appear as the General Assembly’s spring session draws...

President Baker emails university community on Program Prioritization5/5/2016
The Program Prioritization process was designed to help us best align our resources with our mission so that we can become a stronger, more innovative and sustainable university. The Academic and Administrative Task...

UIS breaks ground on first-ever student union building on campus 5/5/2016
The University of Illinois Springfield broke ground on a new $21.7 million student union building on May 4, 2016. The first-ever student union will serve as a hub for student life and foster a greater sense of community on the growing campus.

MAP Grant Dollars Start To Flow Again.5/4/2016
State Comptroller Leslie Munger has news that should be music to the ears of anxious college students who depend on Monetary Award Program grants. Munger has revealed she received $164 million dollars worth of MAP...

Chicago State lays off a third of its staff5/4/2016
Chicago State University on Friday said more than 300 employees are being laid off, a dramatic downsizing a week after the school received some long-awaited money from the state, the Tribune has learned.

Operating Staff announces Outstanding Service Award recipients5/4/2016
Four members of NIU’s Operating Staff have been chosen to receive the Outstanding Service Award for 2016. The recipients are Brenda Hart, office administrator, Department of Marketing; Ruperto Herrera, application programming...

As Chicago State ends semester early and some funds OK'd, uncertainty looms4/29/2016
Chicago State University ends its spring term this week with an eleventh-hour infusion of cash but no clear road map for its financial future.

Illinois Legislature Approves $600 Million For Higher Education, MAP Grants4/29/2016
The Illinois Legislature approved a $600 million short-term funding fix on Friday for financially struggling colleges and universities that have been without funding during the state budget stalemate.

State lawmakers approve funding to keep universities afloat through summer4/29/2016
Lawmakers threw foundering Illinois public universities and community colleges a life preserver Friday, with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats forging a rare agreement to spend $600 million to keep campuses open through summer.

Confusion for students, counselors as MAP grants in limbo for second straight year4/21/2016
This is the time of year when high school seniors finalize their plans for college, including budgeting for the year to come. The Illinois budget impasse has made this year an especially challenging one for high school seniors on two fronts.

WIU Employees of the Month - January-April4/21/2016
Western Illinois University Facilities Management Storekeeper II Linda Windsor has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for April.

April Budget Update: University Layoffs [4/13/16]4/14/2016
Due to the budget impasse, which is now in its 10th month, it is with much regret that I announce additional layoffs of approximately 110 non-instructional staff at Western Illinois University.

Higher Ed Leaders Say They Won't Cover Fall MAP Grants Without State Money 4/13/2016
Many Illinois community colleges and universities will not cover low-income tuition waivers in the fall, unless they get state money.

Impact Award winners for 2016 announced4/13/2016
The Impact Award, a program organized through University College, recognizes the positive influence individual members of the Illinois State University community have on new students and student retention.

Seventh-graders learn astrophysics through mixed-reality computer simulation4/13/2016
Had the "learn’d astronomer’s" charts and theorems inspired the 19th-century writer Walt Whitman as much as strolling under the nighttime sky, Whitman might have become an astrophysicist instead of a stargazing poet.

EIU Signs Agreements with DACC, IECC to Assist RNs in Earning Bachelor Degrees4/12/2016
Representatives of Eastern Illinois University and two regional community college districts formally signed agreements this week that will allow associate degree-seeking nursing students to simultaneously begin their baccalaureate education.

Public forums to solicit input for campus master plan4/12/2016
Two upcoming public forums will provide overviews of the process for updating the campus master plan and ask for ideas on the future of the Urbana campus.

Employee Recognition Reception April 264/12/2016
The 33rd annual Employee Recognition Reception at Western Illinois University will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 in the University Union Lamoine Room. The reception is to honor employees who have completed 10-40 years of service to Western.

UIS Students And Faculty Hold Day Of Action4/6/2016
As the budget impasse drags on, some universities are struggling to continue helping students. Some even wondering how they will keep the doors open.

Concerned students, faculty members discuss effects of Illinois budget impasse 4/6/2016
About 40 faculty and community members and students met Saturday afternoon as a group they call “Speak for Illinois” to discuss the state's longest budget impasse to date.

Illinois State an economic engine for McLean County4/6/2016
Spending by Illinois State University, its employees and its students directly contributes more than $550 million to the McLean County economy. That spending also returns more than $18 million in tax revenues to the area. Those are the findings...

Illinois State included in Community College Transfer Honor Roll3/30/2016
Illinois State University is one of only 40 schools from across the nation to be included in Phi Theta Kappa’s inaugural Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll. The honor identifies four-year colleges and universities...

SIUE STEM Center Outreach Opportunities Expand Community Knowledge3/30/2016
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach is sharing its extensive resources and experts’ knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)...

Leadership lived: Future teacher learns important lessons at UIS 3/30/2016
Kendra Baber loves to learn and share her knowledge with others. The University of Illinois Springfield history major wants to become a middle or high school teacher.

El Centro architect donates award winnings to Northeastern for scholarship3/29/2016
El Centro is the building that keeps on giving—literally. After winning a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design during the 22nd Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards...

Scientific discovery, Generation 23/29/2016
With powerful supercomputing abilities and a support team in place to help users, NIU’s new Center for Research Computing and Data (CRCD) is poised to usher in a new era of big-data scientific research on campus.

President Thomas: Senate Appropriations Testimony 3/29/2016
Earlier this month, Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas presented the Fiscal Year 2017 budget testimony before the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee to urge legislators to...

Higher education institutions join SA budget initiative3/28/2016
A total of 21 higher education institutions have signed on to the state-wide budget initiative letter, which was written by Timothy Brandner, NIU Student Association sergeant at arms.

SIU Board of Trustees Approves SIUE 2016-17 Tuition Increase 3/28/2016
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved a tuition increase for the 2016-17 Academic Year that will result in a $690 increase over last year for newly entering, in-state undergraduates on the...

UIC graduate programs rise in rankings3/28/2016
Several colleges and specialty programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago rose significantly in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate schools.

Our university is in danger: No, this is not a 'teachable moment'3/23/2016
I generally don't mind saying “I don't know” to my students. I think that's the sign of a confident and honest professor. It lets students in on the big secret that we don't actually have all the answers—that we are searching, too.

UIS students spending Alternative Spring Break volunteering in New York City3/23/2016
A group of students from the University of Illinois Springfield is spending their spring break helping to fight hunger and homelessness in New York City as part of Alternative Spring Break (ASB).

Record-speed data transmission could make big data more accessible3/23/2016
With record-breaking speeds for fiber-optic data transmission, University of Illinois engineers have paved a fast lane on the information superhighway – creating on-ramps for big data in the process.

NIU MPA ranks among nation’s best: U.S. News & World Report3/21/2016
NIU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program once again received top marks in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate schools. The MPA program was ranked sixth in the nation in the specialty...

U.S. agriculture secretary to speak at SIU3/21/2016
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will present the Morton-Kenney Public Affairs Lecture next week at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

UIC tutors from all majors serve nearby neighborhoods3/21/2016
Students throughout the University of Illinois at Chicago are volunteering after-school hours to teach math and writing to elementary students in neighborhoods near UIC.

Senate expected to take another crack at passing spending bill3/17/2016
Illinois senators are expected to vote Thursday on yet another bill that would authorize spending on higher education, college grants for needy students and a variety of human-services programs.

A number of bills on deck could fund higher ed3/17/2016
As the budget impasse gridlock drags on in Springfield, Western Illinois University and other public institutions are in the ninth month of the current fiscal year without operating appropriations.

Northeastern to host Bridges to Employment event for veterans3/17/2016
Held at four locations across the state, the free Bridges to Employment events assemble executives and senior managers from the public and private sectors to engage with veterans in panel discussions that focus on the unique strengths...

Breast Center at Simmons Cancer Institute Earns 100 Percent Rating3/16/2016
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) has rated the Breast Center at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield as 100 percent compliant...

SIUE Head Start Children Enjoy Robotics, Courtesy of the SIUE Math and Science Program 3/16/2016
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start students enjoyed a day of playing and learning about robotics on Tuesday, March 8 from the SIUE Upward Bound Math and Science Center staff.

Concrete, asphalt recycling a 'win-win' for SIU3/16/2016
Southern Illinois University Carbondale has initiated a program to recycle campus concrete and asphalt, saving thousands of dollars and significantly reducing landfill waste.

GSU Board Approves Tuition Freeze 3/15/2016
Governors State University reaffirmed its commitment to providing an affordable and accessible high-quality education for its students by freezing tuition and renewing its pledge to front funds for Monetary Award...

Assessment Expo to celebrate 'continuous improvement' April 13/15/2016
NIU’s ninth annual Assessment EXPO will showcase 11 outstanding NIU program assessment practices during an informal poster session from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 1.

Increase in Transfer Students Expected at WIU for Fall 20163/15/2016
Staff in the Western Illinois University Office of Undergraduate Admissions are expecting to see more students transferring to the institution from community colleges in downstate Illinois for Fall 2016.

Northeastern Illinois University announces furlough days 3/14/2016
Hundreds of full-time professional and administrative staff members at Northeastern Illinois University will be required to take furlough days starting this month, school officials announced Thursday.

Higher Education Leaders Discuss Budget Fears In Springfield 3/14/2016
Illinois lawmakers heard Thursday from an assortment of higher education leaders asking for funding. They used terms like "starving," "dismantling" and "economic suicide" as they tried to persuade state senators to...

Legislative Testimony (Spring 2016) Presented by EIU President David Glassman3/14/2016
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you today to testify on behalf of the students, staff, and faculty of Eastern Illinois University. We are proud to be the Illinois public university with...

UIS receives $1.5 million gift for student union 3/10/2016
The new student union at UIS, with its many spaces for people to gather, will provide a focal point for campus life. The largest lounge, a prominent feature of the first floor, will be known as the "Osborne Lounge."

Spending on public higher education overlooks net benefits as investment in state’s future3/10/2016
In spite of the overwhelming evidence of a skills deficit, a depressed middle class and growing inequality, the state of Illinois continues to underinvest in public higher education. But considering higher education funding as an...

WIU Board to Consider FY'17 Cost Guarantee Recommendations3/10/2016
The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees will consider Cost Guarantee (fees, room and meal plan) recommendations for undergraduate and graduate students entering in Fall 2016 at the Friday, March 11 meeting in Macomb.

Dems pass another higher education funding bill 3/8/2016
Before leaving the Capitol for a month, the Illinois House voted Thursday to approve a pair of bills that would spend $3.7 billion on higher education and social services and let the state off the hook for $454 million borrowed last year from special fund

Suspension of 2016-17 MAP award announcements effective Thursday3/8/2016
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is suspending the announcement of 2016-17 Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for applicants (except dislocated workers*) whose initial 2016-17 Free Application...

State Universities Retirement System Board Meetings3/8/2016
The Investment Committee, Corporate Governance Committee, Board Governance Committee, Executive Committee, Legal & Legislative Committee, Administration Committee, Audit & Risk Committee and the Board of Trustees...

WIU going ahead with mandatory furloughs and voluntary pay reductions3/7/2016
Officials at Western Illinois University say that with no MAP grant funding for students and state funding cuts, they're going ahead with plans to cut $20 million from the budget over two years, including mandatory unpaid days off.

U of I students gather at Capitol to encourage MAP grant funding3/7/2016
Juan Hernandez, a University of Illinois at Chicago student standing with dozens of other U of I students at the Capitol Wednesday, said he hoped the governor wouldn’t veto a Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant funding bill being debated two stories above

Noteworthy at Northeastern: Students spread their wings3/7/2016
From a science symposium in Lisle, Ill., to a diversity conference at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Northeastern Illinois University students continue to represent the University well everywhere they go.

Report: State Board Of Higher Education Finds Minority Enrollment Declining 3/3/2016
A report to be presented Tuesday at the State Board of Higher Education's March meeting shows that minority enrollment in higher education is declining. The 66-page report published by the Board of High Education entitled...

'Fund Our Future': NEIU Students Call on Gov. Rauner To End Budget Impasse 3/3/2016
With no end in sight to Illinois' budget impasse, students, staff and faculty at Northeastern Illinois University rallied at the school's North Park campus Thursday with a united message for Gov. Bruce Rauner: "Fund our future."

U.S. Sen. Durbin, state Sen. Sullivan address state budget impasse3/3/2016
The McDonough County Democratic Coalition Presidents Day dinner on Sunday was in honor of the retiring 47th district state Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville. The focus; however, was on the state budget impasse and the latest round of budget cuts.

SURS Chairperson Appointed3/1/2016
On February 26, 2016, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the appointment of Tom Cross to head the Illinois Board of Higher Education. According to the Illinois Pension Code, Cross will also serve as chairperson of the State Universities Retirement System (SURS)

SIUE Again Selected as Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs 3/1/2016
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been selected as one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs (PPWSA) for the second-consecutive year. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education will publish the listing in the February 25, 2016 editi

Leadership lived: Student becomes the face of the MAP grant funding effort 3/1/2016
When Jamie Anderson came to the University of Illinois Springfield, she never expected to be in the spotlight. However, that all changed when her ability to pay for a college education was threatened by a lack of a state budget.

Chicago State University Announces Potential Layoffs if State Fails to Fund Public Universities2/29/2016
Chicago State University announced on Friday that all faculty, staff and administrators will receive a notice of potential layoffs in the event that the State of Illinois continues to fail to fund public universities. CSU is one of 12 public universities

Statement from Dr. James Applegate, IBHE Executive Director2/29/2016
Chicago State University’s announcement notifying the community of possible widespread staff layoffs is tragic evidence of what the current budget impasse is exacting from all of our public colleges and universities: an unprecedented crisis mode for...

NIU responds to HLC: 'We are open for business'2/29/2016
Two pieces of information released this week – a letter to the state Higher Learning Commission and a bond rating update from Moody’s – offer a glimpse into the relative financial strength of Northern Illinois University...

EIU Budget Update -- A Letter from EIU President David M. Glassman to Students2/26/2016
First, let me thank you for all the love and support you have shown EIU through your participation in the various advocacy efforts over the last few weeks. You make me proud to be the president of this beloved university!

Rauner open to alternative way to get money to Chicago State, other schools2/26/2016
Gov. Bruce Rauner, under pressure over the dire funding situation at Illinois universities that has led Chicago State University to announce plans to shorten its school year and cancel spring break, said Wednesday...

Illinois budget battle leads Moody's to downgrade several state universities2/26/2016
An epic budget battle in Illinois led Moody's Investors Service to downgrade the credit rating of three of the state's public universities late Wednesday, the latest setback for schools that have been starved of funding...

College Students Looking Elsewhere for School in Budget Crisis2/24/2016
Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill to fund the Monetary Award Program. The MAP grant helps students pay for college, but Rauner says the state can't afford to fund the nearly 400-million dollar program.

Area Math Teachers’ Circle Now Part of National Network to Grow STEM Teaching Force2/24/2016
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is serving the needs of community educators through the Great Rivers Math Teachers’ Circle (MTC). The program is part of a network that seeks to grow and enrich the nation’s science, technology...

Making a push for higher education, MAP funding2/24/2016
Higher education supporters voiced their concerns about budget uncertainties Friday in an Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education news conference at UIC. Nine speakers — students, university staff, administrators...

IBHE Annual Report: July 1, 2014 to June 30, 20152/22/2016
IBHE makes budget recommendations and grants operating authority and program approval for public higher education agencies and organizations and private institutions.

Illinois students rally against higher education spending cuts2/22/2016
Demonstrations at the Illinois state capitol on Wednesday saw hundreds of students, faculty and community members from eight of the state’s public universities urging the governor and legislature to end an...

Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty2/22/2016
Following nearly nine months without a state budget, it’s understandable that the political standstill in Springfield continues to weigh heavily on the hearts and minds of our university community.

WIU now planning for 34 layoffs: Administration, faculty union encouraging voluntary donations to address budget crisis2/15/2016
Western Illinois University is planning 34 layoffs, but according to University Relations, the process may take up until June 30. The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees approved a staff reduction authorization at a special Jan. 25 meeting.

Southern Illinois leaders to Springfield: Fund higher education now2/15/2016
If the budget stalemate in Springfield goes on any longer, Southern Illinois leaders warned, the consequences will be dire. Southern Illinois students, administrators and community leaders gathered Tuesday...

'We have to unite': Students, local leaders call for state budget resolution2/15/2016
How is the state budget impasse, now in its eighth month, hurting DeKalb County? Bianka Rios has an answer. Rios, who’s pursuing a degree in human resources from Kishwaukee College with a minor in accounting.

EIU Budget Update -- A Letter from EIU President David M. Glassman2/12/2016
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the cost reductions made necessary by the budgetary impasse in Springfield. I greatly appreciate the input and support I have received in this process from...

What You Need to Know About the Illinois Budget Crisis2/12/2016
The spring session of the Illinois General Assembly is underway, but the governor and legislature still have not adopted a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2015. Now inching toward its eighth month...

SURS Chairperson to Step Down2/12/2016
Lindsay Anderson, current chairperson of the State Universities Retirement System’s (SURS) Board of Trustees, will step down effective Feb. 19, 2016, to accept a position with the University of Illinois.

College-accrediting agency sounds warning to legislators2/10/2016
A higher-education accrediting agency is warning Illinois lawmakers that the budget impasse could have "significant" consequences for the state's public colleges and universities.

Higher Ed Coalition Makes Funding Push at SIUE 2/10/2016
Local members of the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education presented what’s at stake in the ongoing state budget stalemate during a press conference Tuesday afternoon before nearly 200 in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Morris Unive

College of Business named to 'best for vets' list2/10/2016
Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business today (Feb. 8) once again earned national recognition for the services, support and culture it provides to veterans.

MAP grants bill awaits Rauner's signature2/8/2016
The Illinois General Assembly has passed a senate bill that would provide financial assistance to needy college students despite the state's ongoing budget impasse.

State legislators, EIU alumni rally2/8/2016
The crowd that filled the Library Quad for Friday's Eastern Illinois University funding rally included state legislators, Eastern alumni, and other concerned community members. State Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, said attending...

Department of Earth Science awarded National Science Foundation grant2/8/2016
Northeastern Illinois University’s Department of Earth Science, in collaboration with Northern Illinois University, has been awarded a $474,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund summer research...

A "MAP" Of How Higher Ed And Students Are Lost In Illinois' Political Battle2/1/2016
College campuses (and the politics behind them) are taking center stage in Springfield's festering stalemate. Gridlock has kept money from going to higher education since July. Then, in a matter of hours on Thursday,...

The push for school funding adequacy and equity2/1/2016
On Jan. 21 the Higher Education Coalition and members from the Springfield-based Faith Coalition for the Common Good visited the Statehouse, pushing lawmakers to recognize that education funding reform and potential cuts...

Killeen pushes state ‘compact’ to ensure predictable funding2/1/2016
While continuing to advocate for an end to the state's ongoing budget impasse, President Tim Killeen said Jan. 25 that the university is also proposing solutions to provide stable, predictable funding in the future.

Plans Emerge to Fund Higher Education1/29/2016
The Statehouse has competing plans to deal with the funding crisis facing higher education in Illinois. Because Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled General Assembly haven’t been able to agree on a...

We are letting political squabbles erode our university system. That's a problem1/29/2016
We are all sensitive to economic changes in Illinois. When businesses want to come here, our state leaders roll out the red carpet. When businesses threaten to leave and take with them a few dozen or hundred jobs, the race is on to do whatever it takes to

Eastern Illinois University Releases Spring Enrollment Numbers1/29/2016
Officials at Eastern Illinois University are encouraged by a healthy increase in both the number of international students and graduate students in attendance during the Spring 2016 semester.

WIU President Jack Thomas Remarks from Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 Board of Trustees Meeting 1/27/2016
Higher education in the state of Illinois has changed dramatically over the last decade. Our story with regard to state funding, unfunded state mandates, enrollment and relation tuition and fee income, and competition for students...

SIUE Spring Enrollment Hits All-Time High1/27/2016
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s spring enrollment of 13,346 students is the largest spring enrollment in the University’s history. Traditional undergraduate enrollment is up 281 students or 2.6 percent over last spring.

Baker Report: Weathering the political storm 1/27/2016
As we return to our critical work of teaching and learning this week, national media attention is focused on our state’s budget crisis and its possible impact on Illinois higher education.

Chicago State may go broke over state budget war 1/25/2016
A university in Chicago's South Side is on the brink of running out of money as soon as March because of Illinois's budget impasse, providing the most prominent example yet of the consequences of the seven-month political standoff.

UI covering $59.2 million in MAP grants; entrollment holds steady1/25/2016
Had the University of Illinois not agreed to dip into its reserves to cover state grants to low-income students, the student body would have gotten smaller this semester.

Coalition Warns Illinois Will Lose More College Students Due To Budget Chaos 1/25/2016
Illinois colleges and universities have gone seven months with zero state funding – that includes funding of MAP grants that help poor students pay tuition. Now, some business and labor leader have joined students...

Governors State University President Calls for State Funding on "Chicago Tonight"1/20/2016
Governors State University President Elaine P. Maimon made her third appearance since October on the PBS program “Chicago Tonight” on January 12 to once again talk about the state’s budget impasse, now entering its 7th month.

Illinois Universities Brace For Financial Doomsday1/20/2016
Students and alums at Chicago State University say the school is running out of money. It’s a similar story at Northeastern Illinois University. President Sharon Hahs says her school is used to floating the state for four to six months each year.

Illinois Budget Deadlock Hits College Enrollments1/20/2016
The budget impasse in Illinois is beginning to depress enrollments at the state’s colleges and universities, as state money earmarked for low-income students remains tied up in a political stalemate that shows no signs of easing.

MAP Students Aren't The Only Ones Whose Grants Are In Limbo 1/12/2016
When a police officer, firefighter or prison guard is killed or disabled in the line of duty, the state promises to provide their dependents with a college education. But the budget impasse has put that promise on hold, says Eric Zarnikow,...

Nearly $300,000 grant to explore new crime-scene technology1/12/2016
TV shows like CSI may not be reality, but a nearly $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Justice (NIJ) will allow an interdisciplinary research team at Illinois State University to explore the viability—and the legal uses—of new crime-scene techn

University again earns ‘military-friendly’ recognition1/12/2016
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is again earning recognition for providing outstanding educational opportunities to student military veterans and active duty personnel.

UIC recognizes 2015 'Champions for Children'1/4/2016
Five people who provide extraordinary care-coordination for children with special healthcare needs received the Champions for Children award from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children.

WIU School of Nursing Granted 10-Year Accreditation1/4/2016
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has granted a 10-year accreditation to the Western Illinois University School of Nursing's baccalaureate degree program in nursing.

College students feel pinch of budget battle with MAP grants held up1/4/2016
Jacqueline Suriano has resorted to crowdfunding her college education thanks to the prolonged budget stalemate in the Illinois capital.

MAP grant funding concerns growing12/22/2015
Illinois’ nine public universities and their 12 campuses will be crediting student accounts for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for the spring semester, just as they did for students who qualified for those grants in the fall.

WIU BOT Postpones Staff Reduction Authorization, Approves Tuition Discount, Capital Budget Recommendations12/22/2015
The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees postponed a staff reduction authorization resolution, and approved a tuition discount resolution (see separate release), FY17 capital budget recommendations and the demolition...

UIS part of national grant aimed at sparking expansion of online liberal arts classes12/22/2015
The Andrew Mellon Foundation has awarded a $540,000 grant to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a consortium of 29 public liberal arts institutions that includes the University of Illinois Springfield, to expand...

Fiscal Year 2017 Higher Education Budget Recommendations12/18/2015
The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) approved the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Recommendation for higher education operations, grants, and capital improvements at its December...

Core curriculum committee formed for Carle Illinois College of Medicine12/18/2015
Dr. Robert Good, the senior associate medical director of population health at Carle Health System, and professor Rashid Bashir, the head of the department of bioengineering at Illinois, have been named co-chairs of the 18-member group...

UIS Computer Science Department receives nearly $20,000 from State Farm 12/10/2015
As part of the company’s Community Reinvestment Act, State Farm Insurance presented the University of Illinois Springfield Department of Computer Science with a check for $19,995 during a presentation on December 4, 2015.

U. of I. students work on project to revitalize downtown through riverfront development12/10/2015
The Vermilion River flows through the city of Danville, Illinois, just south of its downtown area. But it is largely inaccessible to the city’s residents, cut off by busy streets, buildings and parking lots...

Carver Trust Donation Benefits WIU Engineering12/10/2015
A $161,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust will provide Western Illinois University engineering students with expanded lab space and enhanced learning opportunities. Funding will support the re-purposing of two...

Meet the new President of CSU!12/8/2015
The Board of Trustees at Chicago State University announced during a special board meeting on Thursday that Dr. Thomas J. Calhoun has been unanimously chosen to be the 22nd President of the University.

Nearly $300,000 grant to explore new crime-scene technology12/8/2015
TV shows like CSI may not be reality, but a nearly $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Justice (NIJ) will allow an interdisciplinary research team at Illinois State University to explore the viability—and the legal uses—of new crime-scene techn

508 employees recognized for service12/8/2015
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell today (Dec. 7) recognized 508 employees for their service to the university in a ceremony and reception in the Student Center.

Lotz named WIU Employee of the Month12/4/2015
Western Illinois University Administrative Clerk Cindy Lotz, of the WIU Provost and Academic Vice President's Office, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for December.

SIU Carbondale receives $50,000 geothermal grant12/4/2015
Southern Illinois University Carbondale recently received a $50,000 GeoAlliance grant to help fund the installation of a highly energy efficient and environmentally friendly geothermal heat pump heating...

NIU, Rockford poised to lead 'renaissance of American manufacturing'12/4/2015
NIU’s deep commitment to strengthening the Rockford economy vaulted into a national spotlight Monday with the announcement that the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute will locate its first chapter in the city.

GSU Named a Model of Excellence by National Business Publication12/1/2015
GSU is being honored by a national business publication as a "Model of Excellence" for its Dual Degree Program (DDP). University Businessmagazine has selected GSU as one of only 17 colleges and universities nationwide named to the program...

Progress towards 60% by 2025 Goal12/1/2015
Illinois is tracking the number of credentials awarded, as reported to IPEDS1, each year to measure progress towards reaching the goal of having 60% of the adult population holding a credential of value by the year 2025.

NIU Letter: Budget necessary to preserve state's universities12/1/2015
Members of the Operating Staff Council at Northern Illinois University, representing 1,521 civil service employees, recently wrote to Gov. Bruce Rauner to express our concerns about the state budget impasse,...

MAP grants provide necessary route to college for students in need11/17/2015
It’s hard to describe how important the Monetary Award Program grants are to Illinois students in need. MAP grants give much needed financial support to some of the neediest students in Illinois.

SIUE Students Peruse Employment Opportunities at Health Careers Fair11/17/2015
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Health Careers Fair connected students with 31 leading healthcare employers Monday, Nov. 16 in the Morris University Center.

Machine learning could solve riddles of galaxy formation11/17/2015
A new machine-learning simulation system developed at the University of Illinois promises cosmologists an expanded suite of galaxy models – a necessary first step to developing more accurate and relevant insights into the formation of the universe.

UI warns students they might be on the hook for MAP grants11/16/2015
University of Illinois students who receive need-based financial aid from the state could wind up being billed for part of their grants next semester if lawmakers fail to fund the program.

NIU-Rockford celebrates 20 years of education, engagement11/16/2015
Since its grand opening in 1995, the NIU-Rockford Education Center at 8500 E. State St. has welcomed hundreds of thousands of students, clients and community members for classes, meetings, community gatherings and special events.

Clayton Named November Employee of the Month at WIU11/16/2015
Western Illinois University office support specialist Amy Clayton, of the Business Advising Center, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for November.

Illinois State University sees record high graduation rate11/13/2015
Illinois State University’s graduation rate continues its strong upward trend and now stands at 73.4 percent, the University’s highest graduation rate in recent history.

Center for College Access and Success, partners awarded $900K NSF grant11/13/2015
Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for College Access and Success, in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Educational Psychology, the Chicago Public Library and the Museum of Science...

SIU earns recognition from Military Times11/13/2015
Military Times magazine today (Nov. 9) ranked Southern Illinois University Carbondale among the best in the nation when it comes to assisting student veterans as they return to the classroom.

Nursing Program Named as "Best Value School"11/10/2015
The Nursing Program at Chicago State University is one of the best value programs in the nation according to an independent study that considers the accessibility, affordability and quality of the more than 1,900 nursing...

Killeen, others to testify about impact of budget impasse11/10/2015
This year's state appropriation to public higher education — which for now stands at zero dollars — will be the sole topic of discussion at an Illinois House committee of the whole session next week.

Veterans Day ceremony November 1111/10/2015
Illinois State University will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at noon Wednesday, November 11, in the Bone Student Center, Prairie Room North. The event is free and open to the public.

EIU to Commemorate Veterans Day with Series of Events 11/5/2015
Eastern Illinois University will commemorate Veterans Day with a series of events, including its annual ceremony. Community residents are invited to join students, faculty and staff for the annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony...

ISAC college savings enrollment 11/5/2015
Bishop talks with Eric Zarnikow, Executive Director of the Illinois Student Assistance Program about open enrollment for the College Illinois! savings plan, and how the state budget impasse is impacting ISAC.

College Scorecard highlights Illinois State success11/5/2015
Illinois State University has received high marks from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. The report, released this fall, shows that Illinois State exceeds the national average in key areas such as graduation rate and alumni salaries.

SIUE Among RideFinders 2015 Regional Sustainability Award Winners 11/3/2015
RideFinders, the St. Louis region’s free rideshare program, announced that Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Carle Illinois College of Medicine research affiliation agreement completed11/3/2015
The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first school of its kind to be created at the intersection of engineering and medicine, took another significant step forward last week.

NIU health researchers score in collaborative grant funding11/3/2015
Collaboration is the name of the game in modern health research. Faculty in the School of Nursing and Health Studies (NUHS) are not only playing that game on a national level but they’re also winning.

EIU Entrepreneurship Week Kicks off 11/2/2015
Eastern Illinois University’s Entrepreneurship Week kicks off next week with a lecture and panel discussion to highlight the spirit of entrepreneurship.

SIU will cover spring semester MAP grants for students11/2/2015
Southern Illinois University will cover MAP grants for students for the spring 2016 semester, according to Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell.

Illinois Innocence Project at UIS receives federal DNA testing grant 11/2/2015
U.S. Senator Richard Durbin is pleased to announce that the University of Illinois Springfield’s Illinois Innocence Project, with the support of the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership, has been...

MAP funding may be on the chopping block10/29/2015
Caught in the middle of Illinois' contentious state politics are college students who depend on state aid grants to fund their educations. State Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton) met with SIUC students and members of the press...

WIU Named a Winner of 2015 Governor's Sustainability Award10/29/2015
Western Illinois University is one of 19 companies and organizations that received the 2015 Governor's Sustainability Award, the nation's longest-running state award for excellence in environmental performance.

UIC selected for 'Future of Nursing' grant, names two scholars10/29/2015
The University of Illinois at Chicago has been selected as one of 25 U.S. nursing schools to receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing scholars grant to increase the number of nurses earning PhDs.

SIUE STEM Resource Center Open House Inspires Area Educators10/28/2015
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research, Education and Outreach is energizing STEM educators across the region by sharing resources...

$17 million federal grant to tackle cancer in Chicago’s low-income, minority neighborhoods10/28/2015
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Chicago communities that are low-income or predominantly African-American or Latino have cancer death rates up to twice the national average.

UIS ranked as the "Best Online College" in the country10/28/2015
The University of Illinois Springfield has been ranked as the “Best Online College” in the country for 2015-2016 by (AC Online), a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information.

Poll: Budget impasse starts to affect region10/16/2015
More than a third of Southern Illinois voters (37.4 percent) say either they or someone in their immediate families have been affected by the current Illinois budget stalemate, according to a poll by Southern Illinois University...

Weishaar Named October Employee of the Month10/16/2015
Western Illinois University Development Office Accountant III Christie Weishaar, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for October.

Record Set: Fallen Soldier 201510/16/2015
This year's Fallen Soldier 5k at Western Illinois University Oct. 10 set a new record with close to 600 participants (595) registering, 100 more than the 2014 event, and making it the largest race in McDonough County.

IBHE Resolution Encouraging Resolution to the FY 2016 Budget Impasse10/14/2015
WHEREAS, the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success requires increased academic achievement, college affordability, and college completions by more Illinoisans in order for Illinois to achieve...

Simmons Cancer Institute and Passavant Hospital Announce Partnership10/14/2015
A new partnership between Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville will expand area cancer patients’ access to cancer care.

Interim Chancellor Hansen Introduces 9% Budget Realignment Plan10/14/2015
SIUE Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen today introduced a nine percent realignment spending plan for the remainder of fiscal 2016 during the annual chancellor’s address Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

Three Finalists Chosen to be Next CSU President10/12/2015
Three finalists have been chosen by the Presidential Search Committee to be the next President of Chicago State University. All three finalists will be making visits to meet with the campus community beginning Monday September 14.

‘Psychic robot’ will know what you really meant to do10/12/2015
What if software could steer a car back on track if the driver swerves on ice? Or guide a prosthesis to help a shaky stroke patient smoothly lift a cup? Bioengineers at the University of Illinois at Chicago...

Public University Presidents' Letter to Governor and Senate/House Leaders10/12/2015
We write as leaders of the nine public universities in Illinois that annually educate 200,000 students and function as regional economic engines to urge you to end the fiscal 2016 budget standoff. Currently, without a state budget...

Family & Friends Weekend -- October 8-10, 20159/28/2015
Family and Friends Weekend is an opportunity to experience GSU’s Jaguars campus life. For many students, this special event provides the first opportunity to visit with family and friends...

Noteworthy at Northeastern: A milestone for residence halls9/28/2015
Northeastern Illinois University took a big step toward the opening of its first residence hall in the fall of 2016. Read more about The Nest, plus the latest on Reunion, plans for a high-profile movie screening and more!

UIS enrollment tops 5,000 for 6th consecutive year 9/28/2015
Fall 2015 enrollment at the University of Illinois Springfield has topped 5,000 students for the sixth consecutive year. According to the official fall census, the total number of students enrolled at UIS after the first 10 days of classes is 5,402.

GSU Named as a Top Veteran-Friendly School9/14/2015
GSU has been named to U.S. Veterans Magazine’s Best of the Best List for 2015, as one of the publication’s Top Veteran-Friendly Schools. The magazine’s annual review is an evaluation of the nation's employers...

Brad Colwell to return to SIU Carbondale as interim chancellor 9/14/2015
William Bradley Colwell, dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University and former associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Southern...

U.S. News Rates SIUE a Top 10 Midwest Regional Public University 9/14/2015
U.S. News & World Report ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the best Regional Universities Midwest for the 12th consecutive year and among the top 10 public universities in that category.

“We Must Thrive”: SIUE Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen on Moving Forward9/8/2015
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Interim Chancellor Stephen Hansen, PhD, has been wholeheartedly committed to the University since he and his wife first arrived in Edwardsville in 1984.

SIU Med School Program Offers Teens Opportunity to Explore Medical Careers9/8/2015
High school students interested in careers in medicine are invited to join Medical Explorers Post 998, sponsored by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Abraham Lincoln Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Treasurer: MAP grant should be priority9/4/2015
Ill. Treasurer Mike Frerichs said it is the responsibility of both Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to step up and pass a budget so educational funding may be dispersed.

Illinois State has record-breaking freshman class, increased enrollment9/4/2015
For the second consecutive year, Illinois State University has a record-breaking freshman class. The fall 2015 freshman class has 3,632 students, making it the University’s largest freshman class in the past 26 years.

Vail Named WIU Employee of the Month9/4/2015
Western Illinois University landscape maintenance grounds gardener Gerilee Vail has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for September.

SIUE Community Makes a Strong Showing in Giving the Gift of Life 8/31/2015
It’s lunchtime and Sarah Goldammer is in a reclined position being prepped to give a much needed and crucial donation. Goldammer, educational training specialist at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s...

Transition team to begin phase-out of UIC medical school in Urbana8/31/2015
University of Illinois President Timothy L. Killeen has enlisted a transition team to guide the process of reconfiguring UIC’s medical school structure in light of the creation of an Urbana-based medical school.

WIU: Best Bang for the Buck8/31/2015
The 2015 Washington Monthly College Guide has recognized Western Illinois University as a "Best Bang for the Buck" Midwestern school. Western is 30th among 403 Midwestern colleges and universities...

NIU credits fall MAP grants8/25/2015
More than 5,000 NIU students who qualify for Monetary Assistance Program funding have been credited an estimate of what they would have received had an Illinois budget been approved at the start of the semester.

Illinois State ranked 4th in Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck8/25/2015
Illinois State University has been ranked 4th among the Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Midwest category of the 2015 Washington Monthly College Rankings. Illinois State is the only university from...

LAS dean Barbara J. Wilson named acting chancellor8/25/2015
Barbara J. Wilson, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will serve in the role of chancellor while the campus conducts a nationwide search to replace former Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise.

UIS Police Chief Don Mitchell honored with the Patriot Award for supporting military employees8/17/2015
University of Illinois Springfield Police Chief Don Mitchell was presented with the Patriot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for his efforts...

WIU HR Debuts New Employee Development Certificate Program8/17/2015
Western Illinois University's human resources office will debut a new employee development program this fall, the Administrative Support Professional Certificate Program.

Hansen to Serve as SIUE Interim Chancellor8/17/2015
Stephen Hansen, PhD, will serve as interim chancellor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville effective Saturday, Aug. 15. In a special session today at B. Barnard Birger Hall on the Edwardsville campus,...

College Affordability for Illinois Students8/10/2015
On August 11, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) will focus its meeting on improving college affordability in Illinois. A key goal of the...

Education Desk: Colleges Already Feeling Budget Pinch 8/10/2015
Last anybody heard, Gov. Bruce Rauner wanted to cut higher education spending drastically, by more than 30 percent. But with the budget stalled in the legislature, colleges have no idea how much money they’ll get.

NIU leaders plan for a brighter future8/10/2015
Recruitment and retention took center stage Friday morning when nearly 150 NIU leaders gathered for President Doug Baker’s strategic plan implementation retreat.

SIU Med School to Host 14th Annual Cancer Symposium7/29/2015
“The Spectrum of Cancer Care for Primary Providers,” is the topic of the 14th Annual Simmons Cancer Institute Symposium, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 3 at Memorial Center...

ISU Board of Trustees Approves Academic Plan 2015-20207/29/2015
The Illinois State University Board of Trustees today approved the University's Academic Plan 2015-2020. The annually renewable plan includes the University’s mission statement, Board of Trustees statement...

Northeastern earns three TRIO grants totaling $3.3 million7/29/2015
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Northeastern Illinois University three TRIO Student Support Services grants. The grants were awarded for all three Northeastern programs:...

STEM Camps Designed for Summer Learning—and Fun7/27/2015
How do you get grade school and high school students to take a part of their summer vacation and spend it learning about science, technology, engineering, and math?

Illinois Higher Education Executive Compensation Analysis7/27/2015
The peer information used in this analysis was obtained from the Chronicle of Higher Education (2015), publicly available databases provide...

Access to big data is crucial for credibility of computational research findings7/27/2015
Think of a scientist at work, and you might picture someone at a lab bench, doing a physical experiment involving beakers or petri dishes and recording his or...

State budget gridlock could affect college grants7/21/2015
The commission that oversees college tuition assistance for an estimated 140,000 low-income Illinoisans says the ongoing budget impasse could have a "negative impact" on students.

Business College volunteers provide $729K in tax refund assistance7/21/2015
Northeastern Illinois University’s College of Business and Management returned an estimated $729,630 in 2014 tax refunds to low-income families through its partnership with Ladder Up, the organization announced.

Agreement puts new medical school on solid ground7/21/2015
It was just March when the U. of I. Board of Trustees approved the idea of partnering with Carle Health System to create an engineering-centered, Urbana-based college of medicine. And that idea keeps solidifying.

Research focuses on improving ‘big data’ analysis7/15/2015
If you take a mountain of data and run it through a common computer, while asking it a specific question about the data, it can probably find the answer.

Battles Named WIU Employee of the Month7/15/2015
Western Illinois University Centennial Honors College Special Events Facilitator Patty Battles has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for July.

SIUE Employee of the Month7/15/2015
Wendy Cauley, Account Technician II in Accounts Payable is the recipient of the June Employee Recognition Award. Wendy was nominated by Cat Yurkovich with support from Carolyn Catalano, Lori Huntley,...

CSU Students Lobby at State Capitol7/2/2015
CSU students, including representatives from the Honors College, Latino Resource Center, SGA and other student organizations, visited the State Capitol in Springfield recently to communicate the importance of funding...

Governors State University Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative 7/2/2015
In support of 110 ILCS 64/ the Smoke-Free Campus Act, as of July 1, 2015 smoking and any tobacco use is prohibited at Governors State University indoors and outdoors on campus, in university-owned vehicles at all times, and in all vehicles...

The high cost of higher education7/2/2015
The Illinois Senate met June 16 to discuss the cost of college in Illinois in anticipation of sending the higher education funding bill to Gov. Bruce Rauner, who included a 30 percent cut to colleges and universities in his proposed budget...

Illinois Longitudinal Data System 2015 Annual Report6/25/2015
This Illinois Longitudinal Data System (“LDS”) Annual Report & Plan provides the first update to the Inaugural Annual Report & Plan adopted by the LDS Governing Board on April 4, 2014.

STEM Cafe’ add science to your summer: Combating Cancer in the 21st Century6/25/2015
Why have we not cured the diseases we call cancer after decades of intensive research? How much progress have we made? What is “precision” or “personalized” medicine, and how does it apply...

Northeastern offers Enrollment Express event for students6/25/2015
While it may seem like an eternity from now, the start of the fall semester will be here before we know it. Departments from across Northeastern Illinois University will come together June 30...

WIU Budget Update June 20156/24/2015
The State Legislature and the Governor continue to deliberate on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Typically, the legislature sends a budget to the Governor by May 31 of each year for approval.

Warhol Foundation grant supports artist, exhibitions6/24/2015
A grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will fund three major exhibitions at University Galleries at Illinois State University through the fall of 2016.

‘Game on’ For Campers with Cancer6/24/2015
The 30th annual Camp COCO will host 155 children with cancer and other blood disorders during its one-week session July 5 – 10. A project of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield,...

Patriotic Employer Award Goes to SIUE’s Kert MacLaughlin 6/23/2015
The assistant superintendent of grounds at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville believes firmly that an employer should support the military. It is because of this sentiment, in part, that...

SIU providing free dental services to children6/23/2015
There are several opportunities this summer for children in the region to receive free preventive dental services through the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Dental Sealant Grant Program.

President Killeen redirects $8.2 million for student programs6/23/2015
U. of I. President Timothy L. Killeen announced June 3 that he would redirect $8.2 million in recurring funds from centrally held university accounts to support financial aid...

SIUE Students Learn about Sustainability up Close and Personal6/17/2015
Incoming freshman Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students are learning about sustainability as part of their Springboard to Success orientation.

Illinois State chosen to help boost women in economics6/17/2015
Illinois State University has been chosen to take part in a national initiative to boost the number of women in economics majors across the country.

Bill headed to governor would test e-learning on snow days 6/17/2015
Snow days — those short, unexpected respites from school that students always hope for — could be shoveled away if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a bill the Illinois legislature passed in the waning days of its spring session.

Conference to focus on legal issues veterans face6/16/2015
A conference at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will focus on issues facing military veterans who live in rural areas and provide training for attorneys dealing with veterans’ benefits claims.

WIU Board of Trustees Approves FY'16 Spending Plan 6/16/2015
The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees approved the University's FY'16 preliminary spending plan of $250.2 million at its meeting today (June 12).

President Baker provides state budget update6/16/2015
NIU President Doug Baker sent the following email message to faculty and staff Tuesday morning relative to the state budget and its impact on university operations and, in particular, payroll.

Brasel Named WIU Employee of the Month6/8/2015
Bea Brasel, a publicity-promotion specialist for the WQPT-TV station on the Western Illinois University Quad Cities campus has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for June.

Illinois Business Intelligence provides market research services6/8/2015
Illinois Business Intelligence (IBI), a new service offered through Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development, provides free, customized market research...

The Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success: Final Report 6/5/2015
Welcome to the future of your state. Actually, this report – the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success – is a tale of two states of Illinois. One Illinois is well educated and...

Conference examines ADA’s effectiveness in the workplace6/5/2015
The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was signed into law July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush, who proclaimed, “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally...

Public University Presidents Lobby for State Investment in Higher Education6/4/2015
Illinois public university Presidents visited Springfield on May 26, to urge support for higher education funding. The group, which included GSU President Elaine P. Maimon...

UIS recertified as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education6/4/2015
The University of Illinois Springfield has been recertified as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE/IAE) through academic year 2020 by the National...

Program prioritization timeline changed, programs defined, task forces named6/4/2015
Several key steps in NIU’s Program Prioritization process were concluded in May, while feedback on timetables from program leaders convinced organizers to add additional...

IBHE Board Meeting Notice6/1/2015
In accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) hereby gives notice that it will meet on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at the University of Illinois...

Advocating for investment in higher education6/1/2015
Presidents, chancellors and board chairs from Illinois’ nine public universities converged on Springfield this week to lobby state leaders on both sides of the aisle to maintain a robust, sustained and...

Two chancellor finalists to meet with SIU trustees6/1/2015
Two finalists for the position of chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale will meet with members of the university’s Board of Trustees on June 3 in the Stone Center on campus.

UIC’s benefit to Illinois: $4 billion per year5/27/2015
The University of Illinois at Chicago — Chicago’s largest university with nearly 28,000 students – added $4 billion to the Illinois economy in fiscal 2013, according to a report prepared by the UIC...

Report on Efforts by State Universities to Promote the Green Technology Industry5/27/2015
The Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College Board shall annually publicize on their Internet websites information concerning efforts made by State universities and...

Illinois' guaranteed-tuition law making college less affordable5/27/2015
Illinois’ guaranteed-tuition law is causing tuition rates at the state’s public colleges and universities to escalate faster than they would if schools were allowed to adjust tuition rates annually...

More Than 1,400 Students to March in EIU Commencement Ceremonies on May 95/8/2015
More than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students plan to participate in commencement ceremonies at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, May 9.

Mussatto Named May Employee of the Month5/8/2015
Michele Mussatto, an office manager for curriculum and instruction at Western Illinois University, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for May.

Operating Staff announces Outstanding Service Award recipients5/8/2015
Four members of NIU’s Operating Staff have been chosen to receive the Outstanding Service Award for 2015.

SIUE to Host Hundreds of Special Olympics Athletes for Spring Games 5/1/2015
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will host some 500 Special Olympics athletes Saturday, May 2, for the annual Spring Games. The competition is the largest area event of the year for...

Benefit Choice enrollment is May 1-June 15/1/2015
Changes to health care and other benefits – including medical care and dependent care assistance (flexible spending) plans – can be made during the Benefit Choice enrollment...

Northeastern to host fifth annual hands-on STEAM Conference5/1/2015
Northeastern Illinois University will host the fifth annual STEAM Conference, an event developed by the Center for College Access and Success that will offer more than 700 students...

Noteworthy at Northeastern: Lead by example4/27/2015
As the spring semester closes in on finals week, everyone is getting in on the action as Northeastern Illinois University faculty, students and staff have collected honors, grants and speaking engagements.

Town Hall touts progress despite state budget concerns4/27/2015
The U. of I. is thriving and, despite threatened state funding, will continue to do great things in the future. That was the message delivered by Chancellor...