Monthly archives: September, 2016

UIC Open House on Sept. 24

Open-House-500x400-INSTA-1Open House 2016 is your all-access pass to UIC, Chicago’s public research university. Whether you are a prospective student, a nostalgic alum or a friendly neighbor, we can’t wait to show you what UIC is all about.

Choose from over 100 options, including faculty talks on current topics, lab and studio demonstrations, family friendly activities in the quad, admissions and financial aid presentations geared to help you get ready for an exciting college experience, and much more. You can find it all on the sessions page.

We are redefining the campus visit. We look forward to seeing you, family and friends at UIC Open House on September 24th. Take a moment to plan your day.


UIC Earns Award For Diversity and Inclusion

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UIC received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award by Insight Magazine.

The University of Illinois at Chicago received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — UIC will be featured, along with other honorees, in the November issue of the magazine. This is the second year UIC has been named as a HEED Award recipient.

UIC’s status as a public, urban institution makes diversity and inclusion particularly important, says Tyrone Forman, UIC associate chancellor and vice provost for diversity.

“We have a responsibility to make sure that we’re providing access to many different people, of many different backgrounds, and that we’re insuring that they are successful once they enroll here or they begin to work here,” he said.

In this latest honor for UIC, the magazine highlighted the university’s ability to assess the progress of its diversity programs and create metrics to monitor its work to become more inclusive and diverse. The award also cited UIC’s ability to follow up and gauge the on-campus experience.

Forman said beyond just looking at demographic statistics, an ongoing self-examination of the campus’s diversity goals and programs are key.

“One of the ways that you begin to answer those questions is by being attentive to people’s experiences on campus,” he said.

Through its application process, INSIGHT Into Diversity looked at the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both; continued leadership support for diversity; and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion.

“Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity.

UIC, which has been a federally designated minority serving institution since 2010, ranks among the nation’s most diverse research universities and is Chicago’s largest university with 29,000 students, 10,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public medical center.

One third of the university’s freshman identify as first-generation college students and one-third of freshman indicate that English is not their first language. UIC students report over 50 different first languages. Economic diversity has been important at UIC, where 62 percent of graduates receive financial aid and 49 percent of undergraduates receive Pell Grants.

Among the new programs this year is “Words Matter,” an inclusive language campaign to educate students, staff and faculty about how their words can help foster or deter growth and understanding in a diverse community.

“This award does not mean that we pat ourselves on the back and say our work is done,” said Forman. “It’s important to acknowledge the work we are doing and that it is being recognized nationally for its innovativeness, creativeness and effectiveness.”


UIC Education Grad Named White House Fellow

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Warren Morgan, who earned his doctorate in urban education leadership at UIC, was named a 2016-2017 White House Fellow.

A doctoral graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Education has been appointed a 2016-2017 White House Fellow and will be assigned to the U.S. Department of Education for the coming year.

Warren Morgan was appointed to the latest class of 16 White House Fellows.

The fellows program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.”

“It’s a great national recognition and is consistent with the quality of the College of Education at UIC and its graduates,” said UIC Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis.

Fellows are involved in an education program focusing on leadership, policy formulation and current affairs. Community service is an important part of the program, according to the White House, and the fellows participate in service programs throughout their year in Washington, D.C.

Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of professional achievement, evidence of leadership potential, and a proven commitment to public service. Each fellow must possess the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute meaningfully at senior levels of the federal government.

Morgan, 32, received his doctorate in urban education leadership at UIC last spring. He is from south suburban Dolton.

From 2012 until 2015, Morgan served as a principal at Manley High School, a public school on the city’s West Side, where he was credited with helping improve the school’s performance. He earned his Illinois principal’s certification while working on his doctorate in UIC’s nationally ranked urban education leadership program, said Steven Tozer, coordinator of the program.

Morgan also served as the Academic Superintendent for Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s turnaround schools. In this role he led principals in common core instructional leadership and collaboration.

In 2009, he was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He received a bachelor of arts in psychology from Butler University, where he served as student body president and was selected a Butler Top 10 student. He earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Prior to working in education, he worked as an analyst for the Illinois Senate. After working in public policy, he joined Teach for America as a science teacher in St. Louis.

“This prestigious appointment is high-bar recognition of Dr. Warren’s steadfast commitment and advocacy for public education. It’s exciting that the nation will now benefit from Dr. Warren’s leadership,” said Alfred W. Tatum, dean of the UIC College of Education.

More information about the White House Fellows program is online.

By Carlos Sandovi
csadovi@uic.edu


UIC Enrollment Hits Record High

2016_8-21_Convocation-7-387x258The University of Illinois at Chicago enrolled a record 29,120 students on its campus, surpassing last year’s figures with a record number of Latino students making up the new freshman class, according to enrollment statistics.

The fall enrollment figures include a 2.2 percent increase from the fall of 2015 to 17,959 undergraduate students at UIC. The number of undergraduate students who transferred to UIC this fall jumped to 1,958, a nearly 25 percent increase from last year’s figures.

“We’ve seen record enrollment for the second year in a row.  This is a testament to the quality of our faculty and the breadth of our programs of study,” said Susan Poser, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “The fact that so many students are choosing UIC reinforces what has been true for years — that UIC is a destination university because of its top-notch education, location and value.”

Total enrollment for fall semester, including continuing education and online students climbed to 29,120, up .2 percent from last year’s 29,048 students, based on enrollment as of Sept. 2, the 10th day of classes. The 10-day figures are the traditional benchmark for enrollment data among U.S. colleges and universities.

The number of Latinos in the freshman class jumped by 9 percent compared to last year’s numbers, with 1,272 students making up 38.46 percent of the freshman class.

Latinos also accounted for nearly 28 percent of the total 1,958 of student transfers. The number of Asian Students transferring to UIC increased by 84 and African American students transferring to UIC also increased by 46, compared to last year’s figures.

The total student body continues to reflect UIC’s commitment to diversity, with a racial and ethnic makeup that is 36.2 percent white, 22.6 percent Hispanic/Latino, 18.6 percent Asian and 8 percent African American.

Among undergraduate and graduate students, the College of Business Administration showed the largest enrollment gains, according to figures.

The College of Business Administration had 3,606 students enrolled, according to the latest figures, up by 240 students in 2015. Undergraduate students were responsible for the entire increase in the college’s enrollment as the number of graduate students remained flat from the year before.

by Carlos Sandovi
csadovi@uic.edu