UIC Official http://www.uic.edu/uic/feeds/official.rss Official, urgent and emergency campus announcements en-us Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:02:53 -0500 60 UIC Official http://www.uic.edu/favicon.png http://www.uic.edu/uic Official, urgent and emergency campus announcements 2014 UIC Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Policy Resource Guide Dear Students and Employees:<br /><br />The University of Illinois at Chicago has a long-standing commitment to the support and maintenance of a drug-free environment for its students and employees. In keeping with this history, we would like to provide you with a link to the existing UIC Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) policy, which you will find below. The focus and message of this policy are not new; however, the format has been updated to make it easier to read and to provide resource information. <br /><br />The policy and resource guide was prepared in accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. It describes the health risks and legal sanctions associated with alcohol and other drugs. It outlines the University's standard of conduct and disciplinary actions taken against students or employees who violate the standard. It also provides university and community resources to help with a drug or alcohol related problem. <br /><br />The AOD policy represents our University's continued commitment to creating a healthy learning and work environment. To ensure the success of this mission and to meet federal guidelines, this policy will be distributed annually to all UIC students and employees. Please familiarize yourself with the policy: <br /><br />http://www.go.uic.edu/aod <br /><br />Students should contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (312) 996-4857 with any questions. Employees should contact UIC Human Resources-Administration at (312) 355-5230. <br /><br />Sincerely, <br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs<br /><br />Robert A. Crouch <br />Assistant Vice President for Human Resources <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:52:51 -0500 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:52:51 -0500 Chancellor's Lecture & Event Series: reception and lecture by George I. Shirley Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, <br /><br />I invite you to attend a reception and lecture by George I. Shirley, the J. Edgar Maddy Distinguished, University Emeritus Professor of Music (Voice) at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Mr. Shirley is one of America's most versatile tenors and a Grammy award winning artist. He is nationally and internationally renowned as a performer, teacher and lecturer. <br /><br />Monday, October 13<br />Reception: 4:00 p.m. <br />Lecture: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. <br />The Molding of the Arts in America via the African American Experience: the Arduous Expedition from Sambo to Rodolfo, Tamino and Othello<br />James J. Stukel Towers Auditorium<br />718 West Rochford Street<br /><br />RSVP to Teresa Soto Plutz at teresas@uic.edu.<br /><br />Mr. George Shirley's lecture is part of the Chancellor's Lecture and Event Series, in partnership with the School of Theatre and Music. Please visit the Chancellor's Lecture and Event Series website (http://www.uic.edu/home/Chancellor/lectures.shtml) for a biography of Mr. Shirley and upcoming events. <br /><br />The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at Lot 14 (entrance on Union Avenue and Rochford Street), and the Maxwell Street Parking Structure, 701 West Maxwell Street.<br /><br />Sincerely, <br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:27:08 -0500 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:27:08 -0500 Free Flu Shots The UIC College of Pharmacy and the University Payroll and Benefits have partnered with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to provide seasonal flu shots at no charge to eligible State of Illinois employees and retirees. <br /><br />State of Illinois employees and retirees enrolled in either the Quality Care<br />Health Plan (QCHP) or state-sponsored managed care plans (HMO or OAP) are eligible to receive the seasonal flu shot. (Dependents, spouses, contractual workers, volunteers, consultants, part-time employees not enrolled in a group insurance plan, and students are NOT eligible for the free seasonal flu shots through this program. Employees who have opted out of health insurance coverage through the state are also NOT eligible for the free seasonal flu shots through this program.)<br /><br />--Employees must present their health insurance card from their State-sponsored health plan and verification of University employment (I-Card).<br /><br />--Retirees and survivors must present their State-sponsored health insurance card and a State ID or Drivers License. <br /><br />The free seasonal flu shots will be given on:<br /><br />East side of campus:<br />Tuesday, October 21<br />9 a.m. - 3 p.m.<br />Student Center East – Cardinal Room (329)<br />750 S. Halsted St. <br /><br />West side of campus: <br />Tuesday, October 28<br />9 a.m. - 3 p.m.<br />Student Center West - Chicago Rooms A & B<br />828 S. Wolcott St. <br /><br />Questions regarding the FREE seasonal flu shot program? Contact the University Payroll and Benefits at (312) 996-6471 or the UIC College of Pharmacy at (312) 996-6300. <br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:56:31 -0500 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:56:31 -0500 Payment Plan Enrollment Deadline Dear Student,<br /><br />Enrollment in the 2014-2015 Payment Plan is available. If you would like to utilize the 9 month, the enrollment deadline is September 26th, 2014. <br /><br />Enrollment in the Payment Plan is optional and is an alternative to the regular University payment policy. Payment Plan payments are automatically deducted from your checking or savings account electronically each month. For more information regarding eligibility requirements and enrollment instructions, visit our Payment Plan web page at: http://paymybill.uillinois.edu/PaymentPlan.<br /><br />Please disregard this message if you are currently enrolled in the Annual 2014-2015 or Fall 2014 Payment Plan.<br /><br />Customer Service<br />University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations<br />Student Services Building, Room 1900 (MC 073)<br />1200 West Harrison Street <br />Chicago, Illinois 60607-7162 <br />Phone (312) 996-8574 <br />usfscohelp@uillinois.edu<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:45:30 -0500 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:45:30 -0500 LCA1 Open House Today 5-6:30pm You are invited to join the Chancellor and the Interim Provost today at an open house to celebrate the renovation of Lecture Center A1 (center of the east-side of campus), one of UIC’s premier learning spaces!<br /><br />Monday, September 22nd from 5:00-6:30 p.m.<br />Program begins at 5:15 p.m.<br />Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served<br /><br />Staff from the Office of Camps Learning Environments (OCLE) and Academic Computing and Communication Center (ACCC) will be on hand to highlight the acoustics, lighting, furniture, and technology in the space.<br /><br />For questions please contact Wendy Jeanes at wendy@uic.edu <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:45:10 -0500 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:45:10 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,<br /><br />On Saturday, September 13, I had the opportunity to attend UIC’s 2nd annual open house. In just two years, this open house has become a signature event for the campus’s efforts to reach out to our neighbors in Chicago, Illinois, and beyond.<br /><br />With over 100 events including the main program in the UIC Forum, over 6000 visitors headed home with a better sense what UIC can offer, and how they might become part of the UIC family of scholars.<br /><br />I want to thank all of our faculty, staff and UIC students who made this event such a success. Plans are already being prepared for the 3rd Annual open house next Fall 2015 and I know that this impactful event will continue to expand with everyone’s continued efforts and support.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:43:50 -0500 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:43:50 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, <br /><br />The UIC Poetry Festival is the first event in the Chancellor’s Lecture and Event Series of the 2014 – 2015 academic year and it is sure to be a great one! Come out and enjoy lectures and readings by some of Chicagoland’s most talented and award winning poets. Light refreshments will be served. <br /><br />Tuesday, September 23, 2014<br />3:00-5:00 p.m., Lecture and Poetry Readings <br />East Terrace of the Student Center East <br /><br />RSVP to Teresa Soto in the Office of the Chancellor (TeresaS@uic.edu), and please advise should you need special accommodations.<br /><br />A brief biography of each poet is below.<br /><br />Visit the Chancellor’s Lecture and Event Series website (http://www.uic.edu/home/Chancellor/lectures.shtml) for additional details and upcoming events. <br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Cristina Correa<br /><br />Cristina Correa is a writer of both fiction and poetry and the winner of a 2013 Midwestern Voices and Visions award. She has been published most recently in TriQuarterly, Rebelde: A Proyecto Latina Anthology, As/Us Journal, and Kalyani magazine. Ms. Correa has also been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Latino USA and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College’s Fiction Writing Department and is a Masters of Arts candidate in Latin American and Latino Studies at UIC. <br /><br />Ladan Osman <br /><br />Ladan Osman is a Somali-American poet whose works have been featured in various publications including Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry.” She has received fellowships from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, and the Michener Center for Writers. Ms. Osman is the winner of the 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her book The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony.<br /><br />Christina Pugh<br /><br />Christina Pugh is an associate professor of poetry in the Department of English at UIC. Ms. Pugh holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Whiting Foundation’s Fellowship for the Humanities for her dissertation. She is the author of three books: Grains of the Voice, Restoration, and Rotary, as well as the chapbook Gardening at Dusk. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic Monthly and The Kenyon Review. Her honors include the Word Press First Book Prize (for Rotary), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award, the Grolier Poetry Prize, residencies at the Ragdale and Ucross Foundations, and a faculty fellowship from the UIC Institute for the Humanities. <br /><br /><br />Roger Reeves<br /><br />Roger Reeves earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and is an assistant professor of poetry in the Department of English at UIC. Reeves's poems have been published in journals such as American Poetry Review and the Boston Review. Some of his honors include being awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, the Poetry Foundation Ruth Lilly Fellowship in 2008, a two Bread Loaf Scholarships, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. Reeves’ debut collection of poetry, King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Larry Levis Reading Prize for Debut Book of Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. Most recently, Professor Reeves received the 2014 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He was also named to Newcity magazine’s Lit50 for 2014, the publication’s annual list celebrating some of the top Chicago authors. officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:49:39 -0500 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:49:39 -0500 Crime alert UIC and Chicago police are investigating an incident that occurred on Sept. 18 at about 7 p.m. on the 1300 block of S. Lytle. A UIC student was approached from behind by a male offender who grabbed her purse strap and tried to take the purse by force. The victim struggled and retained the purse. The offender fled eastbound through an alley. The victim refused medical attention. UIC Police searched the area without results. <br /><br />The offender was described as a black male, age 13-14, five-foot-two, about 120 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. <br /><br />Approximate crime area mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/NHcqY<br /><br />***UIC Police strongly recommend complying with an armed or violent offender whose intent appears to be theft of property or valuables.***<br /><br />Other security tips:<br /><br />--Be aware of your surroundings. Use all your senses to be alert for danger, and when walking alone, don't wear headphones or earbuds.<br />--Don't display electronic devices in public.<br />--Try to travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark.<br />--Use well-lit walkways.<br />--On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)<br />--The emergency number for UIC Police is 5-5555 or 312-355-5555, which should be set on speed-dial on your cell phone.<br />--Report crime promptly to police.<br />---------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Crime alerts are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: http://www.uic.edu/uic/studentlife/campus/crime-alerts.shtml<br /><br />UIC Annual Security Report <br />http://www.uic.edu/securityreport/index.shtml<br /><br />Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents <br />http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm<br /><br /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:53:46 -0500 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:53:46 -0500 Message from the Chancellor Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />The UIC Poetry Festival is the first event in the Chancellor’s Lecture and Event Series of the 2014 – 2015 academic year and it is sure to be a great one! Come out and enjoy lectures and readings by some of Chicagoland’s most talented and award winning poets. Light refreshments will be served. <br /><br />Tuesday, September 23, 2014<br />3:00-5:00 p.m., Lecture and Poetry Readings <br />East Terrace of the Student Center East<br /><br />RSVP to Nia Brown in the Office of the Chancellor (TeresaS@uic.edu), and please advise should you need special accommodations.<br /><br />A brief biography of each poet is below.<br /><br />Visit the Chancellor’s Lecture and Event Series website (http://www.uic.edu/home/Chancellor/lectures.shtml) for additional details and upcoming events.<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /><br /> <br /><br />Christina Correa<br /><br />Christina Correa is a writer of both fiction and poetry and the winner of a 2013 Midwestern Voices and Visions award. She has been published most recently in TriQuarterly, Rebelde: A Proyecto Latina Anthology, As/Us Journal, and Kalyani magazine. Mr. Correa has also been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Latino USA and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College’s Fiction Writing Department and is a Masters of Arts candidate in Latin American and Latino Studies at UIC.<br /><br />Ladan Osman<br /><br />Ladan Osman is a Somali-American poet whose works have been featured in various publications including Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry.” She has received fellowships from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, and the Michener Center for Writers. Ms. Osman is the winner of the 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her book The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony.<br /><br />Christina Pugh<br /><br />Christina Pugh is an associate professor of poetry in the Department of English at UIC. Ms. Pugh holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Whiting Foundation’s Fellowship for the Humanities for her dissertation. She is the author of three books: Grains of the Voice, Restoration, and Rotary, as well as the chapbook Gardening at Dusk. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic Monthly and The Kenyon Review. Her honors include the Word Press First Book Prize (for Rotary), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award, the Grolier Poetry Prize, residencies at the Ragdale and Ucross Foundations, and a faculty fellowship from the UIC Institute for the Humanities. <br /><br /> <br />Roger Reeves<br /><br />Roger Reeves earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and is an assistant professor of poetry in the Department of English at UIC. Reeves's poems have been published in journals such as American Poetry Review and the Boston Review. Some of his honors include being awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, the Poetry Foundation Ruth Lilly Fellowship in 2008, a two Bread Loaf Scholarships, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. Reeves’ debut collection of poetry, King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Larry Levis Reading Prize for Debut Book of Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. Most recently, Professor Reeves received the 2014 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. He was also named to Newcity magazine’s Lit50 for 2014, the publication’s annual list celebrating some of the top Chicago authors.<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:10:42 -0500 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:10:42 -0500 Lecture Center A1 Open House on Monday, September 22, 5-6:30pm You are invited to join the Chancellor and the Interim Provost at an open house to celebrate the renovation of Lecture Center A1 (center of the east-side of campus), one of UIC’s premier learning spaces!<br /><br />Lecture Center A1<br />Monday, September 22, 5:00-6:30 pm<br />Program begins at 5:15 pm<br />Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served<br /><br />Staff from the Office of Camps Learning Environments (OCLE) and Academic Computing and Communication Center (ACCC) will be on hand to highlight the acoustics, lighting, furniture, and technology in the space.<br /><br />For questions please contact Wendy Jeanes - wendy@uic.edu<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:48:53 -0500 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:48:53 -0500 Safety Nets for UIC Students Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />As you are aware, the well-being of our students is a top priority, and once again I write to acknowledge your efforts as a faculty or staff member in assisting our students who are experiencing problems. UIC has established safety nets for our students, which would not have been possible without each of you.<br /><br />The Counseling Center is a resource for the referral of emotionally distressed students. It also provides assessment of students in crisis and consultation about how best to respond to a student of concern. As students begin the academic year or approach the end of the semester and experience pressure, your role will be invaluable. If you have a student about whom you are worried, please feel free to call the Counseling Center at (312) 996-3490. The professional staff will be happy to talk with you about a possible course of action and how best to help your student. The Counseling Center website has a helpful resource entitled, "Helping the Emotionally Distressed Student: A Referral Guide for Faculty and Staff" accessible at http://go.uic.edu/distress. <br /><br />Another helpful resource to consider is the Office of the Dean of Students with staff members who offer consultative services and assistance to faculty and staff who might be dealing with student behavioral problems and/or misconduct. The staff can provide you with strategies and recommendations to help resolve many student issues. Feel free to contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (312) 996-4857.<br /><br />Thank you for your ongoing assistance. I look forward to the continuation of our strong partnership in behalf of all UIC students.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs <br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:46:40 -0500 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:46:40 -0500 Mandatory Reporting of Non-University Activities Dear Colleagues:<br /><br />I write to request your cooperation in the annual submission of the Report of Non-University Activities (RNUA). Illinois law and University statutes and regulations require all salaried faculty and academic staff to complete the report and obtain prior approval for external activities. <br /><br />The form is due to your unit executive officer by Monday, October 6, 2014. The reporting and approval process is not intended to discourage non-University income producing activities. It is recognized that most of these activities are consistent with, and often beneficial to, your University roles. The reporting and approval procedures assist in ensuring that external activities are compatible with University obligations.<br /><br />The RNUA form, instructions and FAQs are available under the RNUA link at https://research.uic.edu/compliance/coi. The Policy on Conflicts of Commitment and Interest is also available on the website. This policy applies to academic staff. <br /><br />Civil Service employees are covered under a different policy and do not complete the RNUA form. See Rule 16.01 (https://nessie.uihr.uillinois.edu/pdf/policy/rules/Pr16r01.PDF) for additional guidance and resources for Civil Service employees. <br /><br />If you have any questions, please contact the Conflict of Interest Office at mailto:rnua@uic.edu or (312) 996-3642. <br /><br />Thank you very much for helping to ensure that UIC complies with Illinois law.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />Vice President, University of Illinois<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:55:40 -0500 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:55:40 -0500 Building Evacuation Drills Sept. 16-18 The Environmental Health and Safety Office, in coordination with the UIC Police and UIC electricians, will conduct evacuation drills for all UIC buildings beginning Tuesday, Sept. 16, through Thursday, Sept. 18, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.<br /> <br />The hospital and clinics will not be drilled, nor will buildings that have already had a scheduled evacuation drill during the current year. Every other building's fire alarm will be activated on one of the above dates.<br /> <br />If you are in a building with an active evacuation plan, follow the plan accordingly.<br /> <br />In those buildings that do not have a plan in place, please refer to the evacuation guidelines below. These guidelines are also on the Environmental Health and Safety Office website, http://www.uic.edu/depts/envh/.<br /> <br /> <br />Building Evacuation<br /> <br />--Know what you should do beforehand, so you're prepared to evacuate safely and efficiently.<br /> <br />--Identify the two nearest exits for your area. It's important to know two exit paths should you find one blocked by smoke, fire or other hazards.<br /> <br />--Identify the location of the nearest fire alarm pull-station if they exist in your building. This is the best way to alert others about a fire.<br /> <br />--Follow instructions of emergency services personnel, including UIC Police, Chicago Fire Department, UIC Environmental Health and Safety Office, or other agencies.<br /> <br />--When a fire alarm is activated, leave immediately through the nearest and safest exit. Do not attempt to use elevators.<br /> <br />--If you're not able to evacuate without assistance, and visible smoke or fire is in your immediate area, proceed to the nearest stairwell landing and wait for assistance. If there is no immediate danger from smoke or fire, go into any room with a door that can be shut. Call UIC Police. The emergency number is (312) 355-5555, or 5-5555 from a campus phone. Be prepared to tell them your location.<br /> <br />--As you evacuate, close, but do not lock, all doors to slow the spread of fire and smoke. Once outside, move at least 50 feet away from the building to avoid danger from shattering glass or impeding first responders.<br /> <br />--Call UIC Police at (312) 355-5555 to alert them to the activated alarm. Be prepared to tell them the name and address of the building. <br /> <br /> <br />Although these are planned drills, it is important to treat each alarm as a true emergency. It is safer to evacuate and find out there is no emergency than to remain in the building and find out that there is.<br /> <br />Thank you in advance for your participation.<br /> <br />Richard Anderson<br />Director, Environmental Health and Safety Office<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:06:06 -0500 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:06:06 -0500 Message from the Provost Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" ranking, released Tuesday, ranks UIC in a six-way tie at No. 149 among national universities.<br /><br />UIC is appropriately grouped with National Universities in the rankings based on our Carnegie classification -- and it is a competitive field. While our ranking has dropped from last year, we remain in the top 4 percent of the more than 4,400 U.S. universities.<br /><br />In fact, our university metrics have improved, and what we consider to be "good news" may have actually hurt our rankings due to U.S. News methodology.<br /><br />For example, selectivity is based on percent of the applicant pool admitted.  In fall 2013, UIC's applicant pool was more qualified, with higher average ACT scores, and thus, we admitted more students from the applicant pool.  According to the U.S. News rankings, this made UIC "less selective."<br /><br />UIC has increased its six-year graduation rate from around 30 percent in the late 1980s to over 57 percent in data submitted to U.S. News. The rankings, however, predicted that UIC would have a 63 percent graduation rate based on federal methodology that does not take into account a university's improvement in graduation rates, which UIC has continually improved on year-after-year.<br /><br />Our preliminary fall 2014 data, based on the ten-day census, shows additional positive gains in student enrollment, including:<br /><br />·         One-year retention of new freshmen remained relatively unchanged at 80 percent;<br /><br />·         Hispanic student undergraduate enrollment increased from 23.7 percent in 2013 to 26.4 percent in 2014, which we are optimistic will qualify us as a Hispanic Serving Institution;<br /><br />·         New transfers increased from 1,640 in 2013 to 1,718 in 2014;<br /><br />·         New African American freshmen increased from 267 in 2013 to 285 in 2014.<br /><br />Everyone at UIC is focused on increasing retention and graduation rates and providing supportive services and learning opportunities to enhance student success.<br /><br />Rankings are only one factor in a student's decision about where to attend college. Fortunately, UIC has enormous strengths that are not reflected in mere numbers.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Eric A. Gislason<br /><br />Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:48:08 -0500 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:48:08 -0500 UI Health: Vote early, vote often, and help us win the Pink Glove Dance Video, watch our new commercial, and more... UI Health September Newsletter<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-09/September_Newsletter.html <br /><br />Voting is now open for the 2014 Medline Pink Glove Dance. <br />UI Health is excited to be one of over 150 hospitals and health systems to participate in this year's competition.<br />Watch the video and VOTE!<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-09/Voting_opens_for_the_Pink_Glove_Dance_Video.html<br /><br />UI Health Highlights<br />We welcome the new CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Ghosh. <br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-09/UI_Health_Highlights.html<br /><br />Ready to Launch!<br />On September 8th, UI Health officially launched its Medicaid managed care program called UI Health Plus. <br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-09/Ready_to_Launch_UI_Health_Plus.html<br /><br />UI Health Fall Media Campaign<br />New campaign focuses on a broad awareness messages and strengthen the consumer's consciousness of our name, UI Health.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-09/UI_Health_Fall_Media_Campaign.html<br /><br />Patient's Mother says "(UI Health's) care is second to none."<br />Michael's mother knew right away that her son was in good hands with Dr. Neckrysh.<br />http://hospital.uillinois.edu/About_Us/Newsletter/2014-09/Neurosurgery_Patient_Story.html <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:21:18 -0500 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:21:18 -0500