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February 18--Nearly 30 Illinois Universities urge Congress to act on visa problems of international students

The presidents of nearly 30 public and private universities across Illinois, including many America's Urban Campus institutions,  signed a joint letter today enumerating the many problems facing international students, faculty and staff of their institutions when trying to come to or return to their universities.

February 12--Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot announce $500 million Commitment to build Discovery Partners Institute at the "78".

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced today that the State of Illinois is releasing $500 million in state capital funds to support the Discovery Partners Institute and other buildings for the Illinois Innovation Network across the state.  Mayor Lori Lightfoot welcomed the huge development that will anchor the "78", a new mega-development just south of Roosevelt Road on Chicago's South Side.  DPI is led by the University of Illinois system and will bring faculty and students from Urbana-Champaign for study and research in the city.  

February 5--Test scores don't match up to GPA in predicting college success

The UChicago Consortium released a study this week underscoring the gap in predicting college success between standardized tests and high school GPA.  This issue is becoming a focal point of the debate over equity in college admissions and more and more universities are considering dropping test scores as a requirement for admission.

January 28--Northwestern scientists seeking vaccine for Coronavirus

Racing against time, and the virulent outbreak of the Coronavirus in China, a team of Northwestern scientists are working to find a vaccine for the highly contagious bug, CBS reported.

January 22- Kaplan Institute at Illinois Tech wins prestigious American Institute of Architects Award

The Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship on the Campus of Illinois Institute of Technology was announced today as one of 8 2020 National Architecture winners world-wide.  Only three of the winners were in the United States.  Designed by Chicago Architect and Illinois Tech faculty member, John Ronan, the Kaplan Institute is home to the university's Institute of Design, its innovative Interprofessional Projects program for undergraduates and the home for innovation education across the university. 

January 16--University of Illinois Medical School announces tuition reduction for 2020-2021

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted this week to reduce tuition at its Chicago-based medical school for both in-state and out-of state students--2.1% for in-state and 16% for out-of-state.

Jan 14,2020: Rush’s College of Nursing Vaults to No. 1 in U.S. News’ Online Program Rankings

Rush University College of Nursing rose to the No. 1 spot among 183 schools eligible for the graduate nursing programs category in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Online Programs list released today.

Roosevelt Professor wins NSF grant to study STEM learning at Chicago Children' Museum

A Roosevelt University psychology professor and her colleagues have received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study learning among kids visiting a science exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum. Now in her second year at Roosevelt, Assistant Professor of Psychology Mia Marcus and fellow researchers from Loyola and Northwestern Universities see family visits to museums as opportunities for both playtime and learning.

DePaul's Esports teams sweep Big East Tournaments

After two seasons of close losses in the BIG EAST playoffs, the DePaul League of Legends and Rocket League esports squads came through victorious this past fall, with thrilling victories over their fellow BIG EAST foes in a pair of tournaments.

UIC earns national awards for student voter engagement

Empowering students to form the habits of active and informed citizenship is a key part of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s mission.  UIC’s efforts in this area were recognized Tuesday when the university was among a select group of higher education institutions, educators and students to be honored by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for excellence in student voter engagement.

Northwestern' s Pinkard Receives Grant to Reduce Computer Science Deserts

Northwestern University professor Nichole Pinkard received a CME Group Foundation grant to expand her work increasing access to computer science for K-12 students who live in underserved areas of Chicago 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot meets with AUC Presidents and Provosts

On October 30, Mayor Lightfoot sat down with the leaders of the 21 AUC universities and colleges to discuss her ideas for partnerships to address the city's most pressing issues.  the luncheon meeting was hosted by Dr. Morton Schapiro, president of Northwestern University. Mayor Lightfoot's three challenges to higher education centered on equity, universities' role as anchor institutions and collaborative research on city issues. 

Illinois Tech receives $150 million, largest combined gift in university history---to power next generation of tech savvy graduates. -October 25, 2019

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago’s tech university and an America’s Urban Campus Member, announced Thursday receipt of a gift if $150 million from three business leaders, Mike Galvin, Craig Duchossois, and John Rowe, and their spouses. This funding will underpin scholarships and student focused facilities to educate Illinois Tech students for the ever changing digital world of tomorrow and help Chicago fuel its growing tech industries.


Northwestern trustee and alumnus Jeff Ubben ’87 MBA and his wife, Laurie, of San Francisco, have made an estate commitment of $50 million to support scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and professional school students


This fall, the University of Illinois at Chicago celebrates the opening of three health care simulation centers. The facilities, which are run individually by the university’s College of Medicine, College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy, use specially trained actors, advanced and computerized manikins of all ages, and simulated environments to help students and health care professionals practice clinical skills, communication and decision-making skills, and get hands-on training in medical diagnosis, treatment and care.

College graduates are transforming Chicago. The danger is that it won’t come fast enough. - Aug 23, 2019

To understand one of the principal forces remaking Chicago, take a walk from Wrigley Field south on Clark Street, then turn down Sheffield Avenue. On just about every block, it seems, there’s a bar decked out with a Big Ten banner. Northwestern. Indiana. Wisconsin. Michigan State. Maryland.

Students rave about UIC’s new $100 million dorm - Aug 21, 2019

Anthony Abrams opened the door and grinned – much like the subject of a home makeover show who has just seen his ramshackle abode transformed into a palace. “Oh my God, this looks like a hotel,” said Abrams, 18.

ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza 2019 a Success! - Aug 20, 2019
ChicagoNEXT of World Business Chicago, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the University of Illinois System, and Lollapalooza are proud to share the 2019 ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza program was a success!
Announcing UIC John Marshall Law School - August 19, 2019
Today marks a historic moment at the University of Illinois at Chicago as we proudly announce the establishment of the UIC John Marshall Law School. As UIC’s 16th college, the law school will further UIC’s mission and commitment to public education, scholarship, research and community service. It also advances UIC as a world-class university and creates an opportunity to increase the diversity in the legal profession in Chicago and beyond.
Illinois Tech Launches One of the 1st Undergrad Degrees in AI

Students at the Illinois Institute of Technology will soon be able to pursue a degree in artificial intelligence, making the school one of the first in the country to offer a degree solely focused on AI.

Military veterans aren’t traditional students, but local colleges aim to ease the transition: ‘It is a culture shock when you get out’

When DePaul University student Mike Baumann talks with his classmates, hearing what stresses them out, he thinks to himself, “Wait until you’re older.” Because of his age, Baumann, 32, feels out of place around other students in his undergraduate business classes. But there’s another reason his perspective differs — he’s a veteran.