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Archive for May, 2015

University of Illinois Town Hall Meeting Notes – 5/19

Panel Discussion

  • President Killeen’s Vision
    • Two Main Focuses
      • Student Success: Expand curricula to a global academic vision
      • Increased Public Good: More contributions to the public and economy
    • Important for the University of Illinois system to grow and develop
      • Need to have the internal image match the external image and be the best across the board
    • Emphasized working together, fostering collaboration and partnerships
      • U of I needs to model collegiate behavior and shared listening – “There is nothing stronger than a shared vision.”
    • A Budget Task Force has been working on a strategic plan
      • Central administration are the first to be looked at when thinking of budget cuts
    • Has met with faculty senates and have received all of them well
    • Belief: “U of I system is world leading; student and faculty centered. For the students, by the faculty.”
    • Appreciates the loyalty of everyone at UIC, sees it as “deep and abiding”
  • Updates from Chancellor Amiridis – Chicago
    • Need to put innovation into action in order to thrive
    • Must expand the presence and impact of UIC
    • Need to strengthen academic programs and overall quality of education
    • Emphasized UIC is “one team,” not East Campus and West Campus
  • Updates from Chancellor Koch – Springfield
    • There could be more collaboration among the campuses, which President Killeen will help with
    • This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Springfield campus as a part of the U of I system
    • Three Main Focuses
      • Growth of U of I – Springfield in size and reputation (Currently 5,500 students, 44% graduate students)
        • Over 300 grad students in paid internships with the state, almost all eventually get hired
      • Stronger and more talented staff and faculty
      • Greater spaces and facilities on-campus at U of I – Springfield
    • Partnering with UIC College of Nursing, with students enrolled in new Nursing program starting in the fall – 120 applicants have already applied
    • Illinois Innocence Project is also housed in Springfield and has recently exonerated two more innocent people
  • Updates from Chancellor Wise – Urbana
    • Emphasized importance of recruitment and retention of staff and faculty
    • Must reinvent and redefine ourselves
      • Need to asses impact educationally, economically, and globally
    • The University of Illinois must be the first call made and have a seat at the table for all important conversations within the state

Themes in Question & Answer Portion

  • Collaboration
    • All campuses can work together on better healthcare, especially with the new College of Medicine in Urbana
    • Need to utilize the City of Chicago better as a source of collaboration
    • Need to develop more efficient services across all three campuses
      • Have students flow freely between all campuses, including their ability to take courses across all campuses
    • The U of I system needs a greater hand in affecting public policy
  • Budget Impact
    • Currently refining how U of I will respond
      • President Killeen does not think the worst will happen
  • Undocumented Students
    • UIC has already established support, the trouble comes from walking a fine line with the law and the support it will allow from a public state school
      • Need to expand the law
    • Urbana has been talking with legislators to create a more comprehensive law
    • Maybe create an undocumented students liaison position at UIC to help with these issues
      • Chancellor Amiridis will look to the Latino Cultural Center for help
  • Post-Docs
    • Need to include this in the vision of the U of I system to help faculty and graduate development
      • Can occur across all three campuses, but UIC needs more and better post-docs the most
  • Interdisciplinary Scholarship
  • The U of I system has a responsibility to be pragmatic about interdisciplinary work
    • At SUNY, President Killeen created the Networks of Excellence, provided connections, time, and opportunities for interdisciplinary work
      • Hopes to create something similar within the U of I system
  • Sustainability
    • Not just about greener practices, but the creation of resiliency in all aspects of life – interdisciplinary sustainability
    • President Killeen believes it is not just about sustaining, but thriving
      • Humanities and arts need to be a part of the sustainability conversation along with the sciences
  • Deferred Maintenance
    • Important students have up-to-date facilities
      • Need to look to philanthropy as a resource to help as well
    • Chancellor Amiridis stated UIC has a tired infrastructure and a heavy mortgage, but emphasized the need for a plan to change that
  • Reformation of Identity
  • Strategic plan must include this factor
    • The U of I system needs to resolve who we are and how we work together
    • UIC, especially, is working hard to reinvent their identity