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About This Strategic Framework

This framework sets forth the broad collective priorities of the University of Illinois System. It is intended to critically align with the strategic plans and core priorities developed by the System’s member institutions. An important next step will be for those member institutions to consider how their priorities optimally fit the framework: identifying where the System’s goals provide support for initiatives they wish to undertake and where their plans support the overarching System vision described here. Our aim is to show how the System as a whole adds critical value for the member institutions—providing leadership, focus, synergies, and essential support to help them achieve their individual objectives. We are committed to revisiting our goals and reporting on progress on a regular basis. In doing so we will build consensus on the roles, responsibilities, and identities of the System and each member institution. The comprehensive and cohesive strategic planning process that produced this framework has been possible only because each member of the System contributes a distinctive and complementary set of talents, resources, and expertise. The member institutions of the University of Illinois System include:

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The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Urbana campus), ranked among the best universities in the world. The Urbana campus also serves residents of Illinois in their homes, farms, and offices across the state through the programs and services of Illinois Extension. As one of the nation’s original land-grant institutions, Urbana is testimony to the benefits and impact of collaboration between the academy and the state.

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), located in the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities and a research institution on the leading edge of scholarship and practice for a rapidly urbanizing world. UIC is also one of Illinois’ leading healthcare providers and one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse universities in the country.

The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), offering students a strong liberal arts core, a wide range of professional programs, and close faculty interaction. Making the most of its location in the state capital, UIS is broadly engaged in public policy and service.

The UIC-affiliated regional campuses in Peoria, Rockford, and the Quad Cities, which train healthcare professionals and researchers, while providing local communities with the highest standard of healthcare services.