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Education
4:34 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

U of I Engineering Prof Among ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

U of I Civil Engineer Tami Bond, one of 21 MacArthur Foundation 'genius' grants
Credit MacArthur Foundation / WILL

The list of 21 recipients of ‘genius’ grants from the MacArthur Foundation includes U of I Environmental Engineer Tami Bond, who looks at the effects of black carbon emissions on human health.

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Education
5:14 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Hundreds of U of I faculty support appointment decision

The chancellor for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign continues to face criticism after the administration rescinded an offer of employment to Professor Steven Salaita. But a group of nearly 400 faculty have signed a petition supporting Chancellor Phyllis Wise's decision to withdraw Salaita's appointment after Salaita posted inflammatory comments about Israel on Twitter.  Michael Leroy, a professor in Labor and Employment relations, says the petition is meant to counter a number of academic departments' votes of "no confidence" in Wise. Leroy says administrative leaders shouldn't be forced out of office at the first sign of trouble.

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State News
6:01 am
Mon August 25, 2014

U of I explains faculty withdrawl decision

University of Illinois officials say they withdrew the faculty appointment of Stephen Salaita in order to support civility, and that it was not an attack on academic freedom. 

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Education
6:10 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

U of I Trustees talk pending retirements from pension reform

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees Friday told President Robert Easter to work with other state schools and lawmakers to prevent a wave of retirements brought on by Illinois’ pension reform law. 

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Education
4:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Sex-change operations added to U of I Urbana student insurance plans

University of Illinois trustees voted Thursday to add coverage for sex-change operations to the health insurance plan used by many students on the Urbana campus.  University officials say that coverage will cost undergraduates an extra 2 dollars each semester, starting this fall. That’s on top of an increase of $35 that the University says is related to the Affordable Care Act.  Student Stephanie Skora is president of the Campus Union for Trans Equality, and she urged trustees to support the gender confirmation surgery.

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Education
6:54 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

U of I Urbana officials weigh in on Chicago strike

A 2-day strike by faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago isn’t deterring the efforts of some at the school’s flagship campus to unionize:

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Education
4:51 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

U of I officials respond to verbal abuse of chancellor

University of Illinois President Robert Easter and Trustees Chair Chris Kennedy have weighed in on this week’s verbal abuse on social media against the Urbana campus chancellor.  

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Education
11:26 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

U of I chancellor target of social media attacks

The University of Illinois’ Urbana chancellor became the target of social media attacks late Sunday and Monday morning over her decision to keep the campus open despite the cold weather.  

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Education
4:32 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

U of I trustees to consider 1.7-percent tuition hike

University of Illinois trustees later this month will consider raising tuition 1.7 percent for next school year. The university announced the proposed increase on Monday as a committee of trustees reviewed it. The full board of trustees would have to approve the proposal at its next meeting on Jan. 23. The proposal would raise the cost of a year of tuition for in-state students to $12,036 in Urbana-Champaign, $10,584 in Chicago and $9,405 in Springfield.

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State News
7:07 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

U of I ranks high for international students

A record number of international students studied at U.S. colleges and universities during the last school year.  For the second straight year, the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus finished second only to the University of Southern California in the annual ‘Open Doors’ report.  Students from China, India and South Korea were among the 98-hundred international students who arrived on the Urbana campus last fall. Bryan Endres is the U of I’s Interim Associate Provost for International Affairs.  He says one of the top goals on the Urbana campus is increasing diversity, and he points to many of the objectives within the U of I’s three-year Strategic Plan. 

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