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Partnership with Coursera advances University’s investment in online education

Partnership with Coursera advances University’s investment in online education

Leon Li, Staff Writer
March 27
Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, News

The University has partnered with Coursera, an online education platform, to provide worldwide access to higher education. According to the Board of Trustees’ agenda meeting for March 15, the University is in its final stages of contract negotiations with Coursera. Currently, the University offers more than 70 courses through the platform...

Percentage of University students from underrepresented groups below peer median

Percentage of University students from underrepresented groups below peer median

Leon Li, Staff Writer
March 23
Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, News

With an international population of over 10,000, the University boasts one of the highest percentages of international students in the country at nearly 24 percent.  The percentage of students from underrepresented groups, however, remains below the median of the University’s peer group. Of the three sch...

University investigation discovers cases of discrimination in Facilities & Services

University investigation discovers cases of discrimination in Facilities & Services

Jessica Berbey, Assistant Daytime Editor
March 21
Filed under Administration, Campus, News

The University conducted an investigation regarding the work environment within the Facilities & Services sect due to claims of discrimination among employees. According to the report presented by Eric Smith, assistant vice president for equal opportunity and human resources, “A number of em...

UI’s new financial aid plan isn’t really new

UI’s new financial aid plan isn’t really new

Angelica LaVito, Staff Writer
March 15
Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

University President Timothy Killeen unveiled a “new financial aid commitment” Wednesday at the Board of Trustees meeting. The only problem is: it’s not really new. The plan that would promise to award $170 million in financial aid to Illinois residents is part of a bill that would secure sta...

Killeen presents Board of Trustees with new middle class financial-aid program

Killeen presents Board of Trustees with new middle class financial-aid program

Angelica LaVito and Megan Jones
March 15
Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

(10:10 a.m.) The Board of Trustees are now meeting after spending two hours in executive session. Chancellor Robert Jones began by speaking about how the 150th celebration has promoted them to look back on the University’s land grant mission. Jones said the College of Medicine has received...

English graduates most employed major post-graduation

English graduates most employed major post-graduation

Lauren Scafidi, Staff Writer
March 14
Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

While the English major often faces a common stereotype, Head of the English department Vicki Mahaffey said there’s more to an English major than some might think. “The stereotype the English major has is that you just read books and everyone can read books,” she said. However, the students...

Board of Trustees to vote on new provost, majors, design center

Board of Trustees to vote on new provost, majors, design center

Angelica LaVito, Staff Writer
March 14
Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

The Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday in committee meetings before convening Wednesday. Here are some of the issues the trustees will vote on. Appointments The Board will vote to appoint John Wilkin as interim provost. He currently serves as University library dean. He will replace interim provost E...

Biggest campus renovations ever planned for Illini Union

Biggest campus renovations ever planned for Illini Union

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
March 14
Filed under Administration, Around Campus, Campus, News, Showcase

The University is making plans for the largest construction project ever on campus. They hope to complete a $248 million renovation project on the Illini Union. The project has not yet been approved by the Chancellor or the Board of Trustees and wouldn’t take place for at least five years. Ideas b...

Future of winter term uncertain

Future of winter term uncertain

Angelica LaVito, Staff Writer
March 9
Filed under Administration, Campus, News

The University is debating whether to permanently offer classes during winter break, including during years with a short turnaround between the fall and spring semesters. The winter session launched in 2014 as a pilot program, with eight online classes and 980 students. Three years later, it has grown...

New mascot isn’t a priority for chancellor, campus remains divisive about Chief Illiniwek

New mascot isn’t a priority for chancellor, campus remains divisive about Chief Illiniwek

Jessica Berbey, Staff Writer
March 9
Filed under Administration, Campus, News

For over two decades, Chief Illiniwek, the University’s mascot from 1926 to 2007, was at the center of an ongoing controversy. “The Chief is permanently retired. It is a part of our history,” said University spokeswoman Robin Kaler in an email. The Chief was portrayed by a student dressed in Siou...

Chancellor Robert Jones personally invites Obama to campus

Chancellor Robert Jones personally invites Obama to campus

Luke Cooper, Staff Writer
March 9
Filed under Administration, Campus, News, State

Chancellor Robert Jones has reached out to former U.S. President Barack Obama to invite him to the University's 2017 Commencement Ceremony. "We have invited President Obama several times," said Robin Kaler, University spokeswoman. "This year, students got involved to offer additional encouragement for ...

Student trustee candidate left off ballot due to unresolved technical issues

Student trustee candidate left off ballot due to unresolved technical issues

Gillian Dunlop, Staff Writer
March 8
Filed under Administration, Campus, ISS, News

Some students noticed trustee candidate Trayshawn Mitchell was left off the student election ballot this morning, causing confusion. Mitchell said that the Campus Student Election Commission contacted all of the trustee candidates last weekend about submitting their documentation by 8 a.m. on March 6. ...

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