Current Issues and Trends 

Issues in the News

The University of Illinois is impacted or influenced by public policy at the local, state, and national levels. The institution frequently must react to challenges that are broadly felt by higher education.


The office of the president occasionally issues reports about topics of current interest.

University Budget & Tuition

State support for the University plays a vital role in maintaining institutional quality. Tuition and fees provide almost 20 percent of the university's income in fiscal 2013. Learn more about the University's budget, tuition, and financial aid.

The proposed budget outlined by Governor Bruce Rauner in early 2015 calls for a 31.5 percent -- $209 million -- reduction in state funding support for the University of Illinois. See the take action page on the proposed cut.

UA Review

In late 2012, President Robert Easter launched a comprehensive review of our University administrative units. Charge letters, a list of review teams, and the 2014 final report other materials are available on the UA Review website.

Climate Survey

In the fall of 2011, a University-wide climate survey was distributed to all faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois. The response rate was slightly over 16 percent. Summary reports are available online.

Administrative Review and Restructuring (ARR)

In late 2009, the Administrative Review and Restructuring working group convened by President Stanley Ikenberry began working together to address the financial challenges facing the University. President Michael Hogan with Board of Trustees approval appointed a steering committee to review and implement the recommendations contained in the final report.