Monthly archives: April, 2017

Campus Message 04.21.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

This is a reminder that your participation is welcome in several upcoming events when a peer review team from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visits UIC on April 24-25. The site visits are part of the process to reaffirm our accreditation.

To ensure that all members of the UIC community will be able to participate, there will be several opportunities to share comments and feedback with the reviewers:

Open discussion for faculty members (full-time, part-time, and clinical)
Tuesday, April 25, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Illinois Room A in Student Center East.

Drop-in sessions. These are open sessions for members of the UIC community who would like to speak with the peer review team or ask questions about the accreditation process. Appointments are not necessary; feel free to stop by.
Monday, April 24, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Room 2650 in University Hall.
Monday, April 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Room 2650 in University Hall.

Open forums. There will be five open forums during the site visit, one for each of the HLC’s criteria. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend these sessions to discuss how UIC addresses the HLC’s accreditation criteria. Read more…


UIC junior wins national honor for civic engagement

A University of Illinois at Chicago junior has been selected to receive a 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship by Campus Compact, a national nonprofit coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities.

Alexis Smyser, a communication major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is among 273 students honored for their efforts to find solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.

UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis, who nominated Smyser for the award, describes her as a “strong, vocal community activist.”

“She eagerly engages in community meetings with elected officials and contributes to dialogue regarding issues affecting Latinos in Chicago and nationwide,” Amiridis said. “Alexis is an outstanding active citizen who we are proud to have as a member of our community.” Read more…


Campus Message 04.18.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Last year, the UIC Master Plan Advisory Committee began the process of formulating a 10-year plan to help UIC “Escape Forward” through strategic development of campus facilities and grounds. I am pleased to announce that the committee has developed a draft plan titled, Envisioning Our Future: 2017-2027 Plan, that is now ready for input from all campus stakeholders. The draft plan and video can be found at: https://architect.uic.edu/uic-campus-master-plan/

I have asked the co-chairs of the committee, Fernando Howell, Director of Capital Planning and Project Management, and Dave Taeyaerts, Associate Vice Chancellor of Learning Environments & Campus Architect, to present the draft plan before the end of the semester at two town hall meetings to gather your feedback. Read more…


Campus Message 04.13.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Every ten years the University of Illinois at Chicago is evaluated by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to reaccredit our institution. I invite and encourage you to participate in several events during peer review team visits on April 24-25. The site visits are part of the process to reaffirm our accreditation.

To ensure that all members of the UIC community will be able to participate, there will be several opportunities to share comments and feedback with the reviewers:

Open discussion for faculty members (full-time, part-time, and clinical)
Tuesday, April 25, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Illinois Room A in Student Center East.

Drop-in sessions. These are open sessions for members of the UIC community who would like to speak with the peer review team or ask questions about the accreditation process. Appointments are not necessary; feel free to stop by.
Monday, April 24, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Room 2650 in University Hall.
Monday, April 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Room 2650 in University Hall.

Open forums. There will be five open forums during the site visit, one for each of the HLC’s criteria. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend these sessions to discuss how UIC addresses the HLC’s accreditation criteria. Read more…


“How do you grow a university in a state without a budget?”

Crain’s Chicago Business features “How do you grow a university in a state without a budget?,” an opinion piece by UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis. The chancellor’s op-ed follows a Crain’s story last month focusing on how the UIC College of Engineering is meeting the tech-boom challenge by continuing to grow and strengthen its computer science department.

 


State of University of Illinois at Chicago

In a formal address describing the “State of the University of Illinois at Chicago” March 29, Chancellor Michael Amiridis showcased the achievements of UIC leaders, scholars and researchers over the past year and shared his aspirations for reaching new heights of excellence in the future.

“We gather today in the midst of shadows cast from a dysfunctional budgetary and political environment to shine a bright light on the magnificent accomplishments of our students, our faculty and our staff,” Amiridis announced during his talk in the UIC Forum.

He reflected on the academic year, highlighting the record-breaking enrollment numbers set last fall despite state budget uncertainties.

“We are grateful for their vote of confidence and remain steadfast in our commitment to access and excellence,” he said.

Amiridis also noted that UIC has proposed to continue an in-state tuition freeze for the third straight year.

“The success of our students has always been and will continue to be our first priority,” he said. Read more…