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Great Recession affects higher education across the U.S.

Great Recession affects higher education across the U.S.

By Tiara Cosby, Staff Writer

April 29, 2019

After the Great Recession in 2009, several universities across the United States are still recovering from the economic decline. A recent report has broken down the aftermath of higher education funding allocated throughout the nation. The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association recently sent out ...

Illinois House expands federal aid to undocumented and transgender individuals

Illinois House expands federal aid to undocumented and transgender individuals

By Meghana Kaza, Staff Writer

April 25, 2019

The Illinois House passed a bill that will offer state-funded student financial aid to undocumented immigrants and transgender individuals who have not registered for the draft. The Senate finished its first reading of the bill on April 12. Federal student financial aid is only available to U.S. ci...

Admissions firewall aims to provide transparency

Admissions firewall aims to provide transparency

By Julie Kang, Assistant News Editor

April 25, 2019

The University’s admissions firewall policy aims to provide transparency, which has brought an issue to light due to recent college admissions scandals. A decade ago, an investigation at the University revealed “high-level administrators were providing special treatment for relatives of legisla...

Actuarial science celebrates success on 60th anniversary

Actuarial science celebrates success on 60th anniversary

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

April 23, 2019

The actuarial science program is celebrating its 60th anniversary at the University with a Risk Analytics Symposium and an Illinois Actuarial Science Reception on Thursday, May 16. The symposium provides practitioners, academics and students a venue to discuss the latest technological development a...

Criminal history bill subject to change college applications

Criminal history bill subject to change college applications

By Tiara Cosby, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

A new Illinois bill may prevent colleges within the state from asking incoming students about their criminal history on college applications. The Criminal History in College Applications Act, also known as HB0217, seeks to change how colleges request specific information on student applications. The Illinois General Assembly specifies that information of recent criminal history, not limited to records of arrests and detentions, criminal charges...

$100 million donation to rename College of Engineering

$100 million donation to rename College of Engineering

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

April 16, 2019

After the newest $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation and more than $300 million in total support, the College of Engineering will be renamed The Grainger College of Engineering, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees. James Bell, executive director for marketing and communications ...

UIC GEO reach agreement after walkouts, strikes

UIC GEO reach agreement after walkouts, strikes

By Meghana Kaza, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019

Graduate and teaching assistants at the University of Illinois at Chicago have reached an agreement on April 5 after their third week of walkouts and strikes after failed negotiations with UIC. The Graduate Employees’ Organization is a labor union representing nearly 1,600 graduate and teaching assis...

25 employment offers revoked after background checks

25 employment offers revoked after background checks

By Kimberly Belser, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019

The University of Illinois System withdrew 25 job offers following background checks last year, with seven job applicants having their offers revoked at the Urbana-Champaign campus. The background checks were made according to the guidelines of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which is in accordance ...

GEO petitions against UI support for ICE

GEO petitions against UI support for ICE

By Daniel Renteria, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019

On March 10, the Graduate Employees’ Organization Solidarity Committee shared on their Facebook page a petition calling for the University to end their support for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol on the basis of these organization’s “racist immigration policies...

Teacher shortage sparks licensing reevaluation

Teacher shortage sparks licensing reevaluation

By Sara Pietrzak, Staff Writer

April 1, 2019

As the state of Illinois experiences a continual decrease in the number of certified teachers, the Illinois Senate, along with other higher education leaders, have come together to analyze the licensing process. In the most recent report done by the Illinois Board of Education, the school year of 2017-...

University responds to free speech executive order

University responds to free speech executive order

By Meghana Kaza, Staff writer

April 1, 2019

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 21 requiring colleges and universities to abide by free speech policies or lose their federal funding. An announcement sent by Tim Killeen, president of University of Illinois System, said the UI System staked its position in December 2017 when it ...

Governor ups budget for public universities

Governor ups budget for public universities

By Meghana Kaza, Staff Writer

March 28, 2019

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently proposed a 5 percent increase in state funding for public universities and community colleges to help increase college affordability. In his first state budget address, Pritzker outlined his ideas for the fiscal year, the investments he wants to make in the I...

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