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New Academic and Residential Complex Breaks Ground at UIC1/24/2018
With enrollment hitting record-setting levels at the University of Illinois at Chicago this fall and projected numbers of new students climbing by as many as 10,000 over the next decade, a new “living-learning” community will be built...

SIU Ear Nose and Throat Clinic Opens in New Space1/23/2018
Adults and children needing ear, nose and throat care will benefit from a new, state-of-the-art facility at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. The Division of Otolaryngology Head...

SIU earns top rank for financial aid opportunities1/23/2018
Southern Illinois University Carbondale has claimed the No. 1 rank on Online Colleges’ “10 Online Colleges with the Best Financial Aid Opportunities in 2017.”

U. of I. students propose designs to rehab Chicago industrial area12/20/2017
Chicago’s Central Manufacturing District on the city’s southwest side is characterized by the toxic Bubbly Creek and vacant industrial sites. It’s an area city officials would like to revitalize. Five teams of University of Illinois students spent this

EIU Receives Gift from Wells Fargo to Provide Local Scholarships12/20/2017
Leaders from Wells Fargo Advisors in Charleston and Eastern Illinois University came together today to celebrate a new scholarship program initially revealed last month.

Medical School Accredited With Commendation for Continuing Medical Education12/20/2017
SIU School of Medicine received the distinguished status “Accreditation with Commendation” from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME ®) as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

EIU Top 5 in ROI for Underserved Student Engagement and Success Initiatives12/12/2017
The Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) has issued an executive summary affirming Eastern Illinois University is one of the top five universities in the state in its service to underrepresented students.

NIU Board Cuts Fees, Holds Line on Tuition, Room, Board 12/12/2017
The Board of Trustees voted Thursday, Dec. 7, to lower fees and not to increase tuition for the 2018-19 academic year. “We realize that earning a degree from an institution like...

SIU helps create the world’s first centralized system for evaluating degrees, licenses and other professional credentials12/12/2017
From certificates to degrees and beyond, the world offers untold varieties of credentials but there has been no easy way for students, employers, educators and others to evaluate what it all means – until now.

Does tax reform bill spell trouble for higher education?12/1/2017
The tax reform bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, now under review in the Senate, proposes sweeping changes to federal tax regulations, several of which have implications for higher education. Education professor...

UIC engineering college to break ground on new building12/1/2017
Enrollment in the College of Engineering has nearly doubled over the last decade, and to accommodate the growth, a new 50,000-square-foot building will be constructed to house three departments: chemical engineering;...

Illinois State benefits from Giving Tuesday12/1/2017
Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends came together to support scholarships, programs, and the Laboratory Schools at Illinois State University on Giving Tuesday, November 28. Donors made 1,473 gifts totaling $525,496.

Northeastern Illinois University to offer in-state tuition program for students from Puerto Rico11/27/2017
Northeastern Illinois University has announced that it will charge in-state tuition to students who are residents of Puerto Rico for a two-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and ending Dec. 31, 2019.

SIU Medicine Says 'Thank You' on National Rural Health Day11/27/2017
November 16th marks National Rural Health Day, a day to recognize the amazing efforts of healthcare providers, public health professionals, and community organizations who serve the more than 60 million rural Americans and nearly 1.5 million rural Illinoi

SIU employees to be honored for service, commitment11/27/2017
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno will recognize 306 employees for their service to the university in a ceremony and reception Dec. 1 in Student Center Ballroom D.

Illinois Board of Higher Education Announces Executive Director11/6/2017
The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) today announced the appointment of Dr. Al Bowman to serve as Executive Director of the IBHE. Dr. Bowman is currently president emeritus of Illinois State University (ISU)...

UIS students collect a record 28,946 pounds of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank on Halloween night 11/6/2017
University of Illinois Springfield students helped to collect a record 28,946 pounds of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank on Halloween night. The total breaks a previous Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods record of 14,085 pounds of food collected in 201

Education Justice Project receives $1 million Mellon grant11/6/2017
The Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois is expanding its academic programs for men in prison with the support of a three-year, $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

GSU Student Veterans Take the Lead in NEH Class on War and Trauma10/30/2017
Say soldier, and the world replies hero. It hums anthem and shouts flag, then it whispers suicide, homeless, PTSD. There is a vocabulary surrounding soldiers and veterans being designated by platforms, observers...

Illinois Higher Education Board Looks to Move Past Budget Impasse, Restore Confidence 10/30/2017
Illinois' public colleges and universities have weathered the two year budget impasse and are once again expecting routine state aid payments. As the schools look ahead, they're working to secure their financial footing and publicly...

NIU adopts domestic tuition-rate structure10/30/2017
Action taken by the NIU Board of Trustees today will help NIU recruit more U.S. students from outside the borders of the Land of Lincoln. The NIU Board of Trustees approved a new domestic rate structure for tuition that will set out-of-state...

Terstriep Named Employee of the Month10/26/2017
Western Illinois University Business Manager I Julie Terstriep has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for October.

University of Illinois to honor its only Medal of Honor awardee10/26/2017
In a ceremony during Homecoming Week, the University Library will honor the only University of Illinois alumnus to receive the Medal of Honor.

UIS Computer Science Department awarded $26,592 State Farm grant 10/26/2017
The University of Illinois Springfield Computer Science Department accepted a check for $26,592 from State Farm Insurance during a presentation on October 23, 2017 in the Public Affairs Center Atrium.

ISU Board of Trustees approves FY18 operating budget10/23/2017
The Board of Trustees of Illinois State University approved the University’s official annual operating budget of $426.8 million for FY2018. During its May 2017 meeting, the Board authorized expenditures from tentative budget...

October Is College Changes Everything Month In Illinois10/23/2017
Joey McLaughlin talks with Managing Director of Communications at Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Lynne Baker about what students need to do to make sure they are getting all the financial aid they can get for college.

Northeastern Illinois University ranked a top university for diverse graduates10/23/2017
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has ranked Northeastern Illinois University in 19 categories for graduating students of diverse ethnic backgrounds in its annual Top 100 Degree Producers rankings.

Public universities increasingly out of reach for Illinois’ low-income students10/9/2017
In 1991, I was admitted to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. My mother worked as a telephone operator and didn’t have the money to pay the $3,000 in yearly tuition. But the cost wasn’t a barrier for me, because I was considered...

Medical Students Working with Local Physicians10/9/2017
Family physicians in eight Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine September 25 – October 20. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.

Pay-it-forward college financing policies examined in new study10/9/2017
Pay-it-forward college financing programs that enable students to pay tuition upon departure rather than entry may make college more accessible to greater numbers of students in the U.S., a new analysis suggests.

SIU Chancellor to Deliver State of the University Address9/26/2017
New Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno will deliver the 2017 State of the University address at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. The address will take place in Shryock Auditorium on campus.

Freeman pledges to move NIU forward during State of the University remarks9/26/2017
During Wednesday’s wide-ranging and upbeat State of the University Address, Acting President Lisa Freeman confirmed her commitment to being “smart, tough and relentless” in moving NIU forward...

Noteworthy at Northeastern: Awards, gifts and grants9/26/2017
What a week! Northeastern Illinois University handed out five major awards, accomplished the Goodwin Gift Challenge goal, earned a major federal grant and saw one of its professors draw national recognition from NBC News...

Eastern Illinois University Ranked Among Highest in Nation by NSSE 9/25/2017
The 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) ranked Eastern Illinois University in the top 10 percent of all institutions in the country in ‘discussions with diverse others’ and ‘student-faculty interaction’ categories by freshman-level students,

Campus sets new marks for undergraduate enrollment, diversity9/25/2017
Undergraduate enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reached record levels this semester, according to data released today. The total number of undergraduate students...

SIUE’s Pembrook Urges Growth and Change Through New Challenges During University Address 9/25/2017
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook presented his second annual State of the University Address to the campus community on Thursday, Sept. 21 with the theme of “Big Questions.” Pembrook highlighted the...

Illinois State ranked in Best Bang for the Buck9/5/2017
Illinois State University has once again been ranked among the Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Midwest category of the Washington Monthly College Rankings.

Medical Students Working with Local Physicians9/5/2017
Family physicians in nine Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine August 28 – September 22. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.

SIUE Receives 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award 9/5/2017
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has received the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Noteworthy at Northeastern: The rankings are in8/22/2017
Northeastern Illinois University is among the nation’s leaders in two recent rankings—for least student debt and safest campus. Find out more about the rankings, which faculty members published articles and which high-profile alumnus announced his retirem

ICCB Receives College Changes Everything Champion Award8/14/2017
The data is clear that a college degree or postsecondary credential is a ticket to a brighter economic future for Illinois students and for the state as a whole, but not everyone has an equal chance at getting that ticket.

Campus set for the return of students8/14/2017
Around 6,100 students will travel to Illinois State University August 3-20 for the fall 2017 move-in. Students will have assigned move-in dates and times depending on their housing assignment.

Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018 Higher Education Budget7/20/2017
The passage of the package of appropriations for FY17 and FY18 and accompanying legislation to implement the budget (SB 6/PA 100-21, SB 9/PA 100-22 and SB 42/PA 100-23) will provide the certainty...

Illinois’ new state budget puts SIUE on firmer financial footing 7/20/2017
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville is planning to boost salaries, launch new academic programs and continue renovating buildings thanks to lawmakers finally passing a state budget.

Phelps Named July Employee of the Month7/20/2017
Western Illinois University Administrative Aide Danette Phelps, from the Vice President for Administrative Services office, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for July.

Chicago State University’s Board of Trustees Appoints Rachel Lindsey as new Interim President6/27/2017
Chicago State University announced Friday, April 7 the appointment of Rachel Lindsey as Interim President of the university. Cecil B. Lucy, the university’s former interim president will return to his position as...

Students, professors testify on impact of Illinois budget stalemate6/27/2017
Recounting personal stories of how the Illinois budget impasse has affected them, students, professors and business owners testified before the House Appropriations Higher Education Committee on Thursday afternoon about how their...

SIUE Upward Bound Students Take to the Streets – to Clean Up 6/27/2017
With her braids pulled back, working gloves on and a large black trash bag in hand, Lundyn Roberson joined her fellow Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center Upward Bound classmates on Friday, June 23...

Waller Named WIU Employee of the Month6/13/2017
Western Illinois University Inventory Specialist Lorin Waller, of the WIU Accounting Office – Property Control and Redistribution, has been named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for June.

By the numbers: The price and pain of no budget in Illinois6/13/2017
On the 702nd day in Illinois without a budget, the state Legislature and governor again did nothing. No budget. No relief. No sanity. Wednesday was the final day of the regular spring legislative session...

NIU Child Development Lab earns Illinois Award of Excellence 6/13/2017
The Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences (FCNS) Child Development Lab (CDL) is proud to announce it has received the Family and Community Engagement Award of Excellence through ExceleRate Illinois.

NIU Operating Staff Awards winners announced 5/3/2017
The four members of NIU’s Operating Staff chosen to receive this year’s Outstanding Service Award are each described by colleagues as employees who go above and beyond in ways big and small to not just do their jobs, but to make the university...

New grant-funded program creates opportunities for teachers5/3/2017
Opportunity knocked. Southern Illinois University Carbondale opened the door and is inviting the community along as well. A $752,664 grant from the No Child Left Behind fund administered by the...

SURS Board Approves Private Real Estate Debt Search, Restructures Passive Management Search5/3/2017
The State Universities Retirement System’s (SURS) Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a formal search for firms to provide non-core, private commercial real estate debt commingled fund investment management services.

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...