Admissions commission to release final report

The Admissions Review Commission will help the University take its first few steps in restoring the admissions process by releasing a report outlining examinations and recommendations on Thursday.

After conducting 12 open meetings and hearing from approximately three dozen University officials, lawmakers and experts, among others, the commission will be making its final assessments.

The commission is scheduled to meet and issue its report at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in Chicago, said Ted Chung, counsel for the Admissions Review Commission.

The group held its first open deliberation on Friday in Chicago and discussed recommendations as well as outlining details for the report. Members in the meeting voted in favor of Board of Trustee members resigning.

Board chairman Niranjan Shah resigned on Monday morning. Shah had been a Board of Trustee member since 2003.

Trustee Lawrence Eppley resigned July 28, and urged other members to follow suit.

“I believe that the best interest of the University will be served if the current members of the board step aside in order to help the University begin to move forward unencumbered by these recent events,” Eppley said in a letter to Gov. Pat Quinn.

Currently, the trustees are appointed by the governor.

The commission discussed altering this hiring process on Friday, but also stressed that they must follow the governor’s executive order. The group should be wary of stepping outside their jurisdiction, said Abner Mikva, chair of the Admissions Review Commission.

“Obviously those subjects we do have jurisdiction over — the admissions process — we can say what the facts are,” said Mikva at Friday’s meeting.

The commission has stated that recommendations will focus on the admissions process and provisions to safeguard it from outside influences, including trustee members.

The current role of trustees is to vote on University policies and appoint University officials, including the president and chancellor.

The commission stated on Friday that recommendations regarding the president and chancellor would be limited.