Campus Message 04.07.16

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Over the past year, I have articulated four strategic areas that will help us define the role and focus of an outstanding global research university. The Strategic Priorities Committee—chaired by Michael Pagano, Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and Dr. Robert Winn, Director of the Cancer Center and Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Based Practice, and supported by a strong constituency of faculty, staff and students—will share its draft plans and goals in each of the following areas:

  • Student experience and success
  • National and international impact and visibility of our research
  • Chicago and community engagement
  • Entrepreneurial University

The Committee has identified themes and focal points that will help UIC improve the student experience by educating citizens for the 21st century and preparing professionals for the workforce; build our national and international reputation for research, scholarship and the creative achievements of our prominent faculty; enhance our community engagement through a closer alignment with Chicago, its institutions and its businesses while reflecting the city’s diversity; and build a more dynamic, entrepreneurial and sustainable financial base to support UIC's research, teaching and service.

Even in challenging times, we have reasons for optimism as we pursue our goals with transparency and accountability focused on outcomes. I invite you to a Town Hall meeting organized by the Committee, so its members can continue to obtain a variety of perspectives. The Town Hall is Thursday, April 21, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Student Services Building, 1200 West Harrison Street, Meeting Rooms B & C.

Thank you for your continued involvement in developing and realizing our strategic priorities.


Michael D. Amiridis
This Town Hall has been designated as an approved event for non-exempt civil service employees. These employees may attend, without having to charge a benefit, operations permitting and with prior supervisory approval.