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Operational Excellence initiative launches to benefit campus processes

As part of the Next 150 Strategic Plan, the university is working to advance our administrative services to maximize university missions through the Operational Excellence initiative. A partnership between Illinois and the Huron Consulting Group, the project will provide strategic operational improvements in budget & procurement, IT & data, human resources, physical space and marketing… Continue Reading

Addressing racial injustice with the Chancellor’s Call to Action Research Program

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is focusing the intellectual and scholarly talent of our university to examine systemic racial inequities and injustices that exist not only in our communities but in higher education itself. The Chancellor’s Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program provides support for academic research and the expansion… Continue Reading

Siebel Center for Design, Campus Instructional Facility opens doors for exploration and learning

Fall 2021 saw the grand opening of two highly anticipated projects at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: the Siebel Center for Design and the Campus Instructional Facility. Both of these state-of-the-art learning spaces feature enhanced teaching technologies and provide an environment where students and faculty alike are encouraged to innovate, create, and explore. Siebel Center… Continue Reading

Illinois Shifts to Canvas as Learning Management System

During the 2021-2022 school year, Illinois adopted Canvas as the campus-supported Learning Management System (LMS). Canvas is a cutting-edge LMS that streamlines support and maximizes future resources in online learning.  The selection of Canvas is the culmination of large-scale research that included a multi-semester, cross-campus pilot program as well as surveys and feedback from instructors… Continue Reading

IBM and Illinois launch Discovery Accelerator Institute

In 2021, IBM and The Grainger College of Engineering launched the Discovery Accelerator Institute, a large-scale collaboration designed to increase access to technology education and skill development. Combining the strengths of academia and the industrial sector, the institute will serve as a new model of academic-industry partnership and aims to spur breakthroughs in emerging areas… Continue Reading

Mental Health Task Force enhances wellness resources for students, faculty and staff

The Mental Health Task Force created new resources to enhance the Illinois experience. The initiative implemented a comprehensive wellness website and a pilot of the Faculty and Staff Mental Health Ambassador Program. The committee also secured grant funding for wellness spaces, dedicated work to creating mental health statements for syllabi and contributed to the system-wide… Continue Reading