The Lifelong Learning and Education Access Program (LLEAP) is designed to provide Academic Professionals and Open-Range Civil Service employees, release time/flex time, and/or funds for development opportunities focused on enhancing a career at UIC.
Each eligible employee can utilize one of the following benefits on an annual basis:
Release Time: Paid time away from work. Employees who utilize release time are not required to “make up” hours or use vacation time.
Flex Time: Adjustments to employee’s daily work hours. The same number of hours must be worked within the workday, but the start and end time may be earlier or later than the normal scheduled time.
Development Activities:* Courses, seminars, or conferences that provide opportunities to enhance career development at UIC.
Examples may include: College or university courses (at UIC or other accredited institution), online training focused on a specific area related to career development, job-related seminars and workshops, or conferences that are technical or professional in nature.
* Recreational Activities and Programs are excluded and WILL NOT be considered.
Academic Professionals (non-faculty) or Open-Range Civil Service support staff at UIC with a minimum of one year tenure (as of July 1) are eligible for LLEAP.
Colleges/Units are responsible for confirming that all LLEAP requests are reviewed and approved based on Policy 603 Lifelong Learning and Educational Access Program (LLEAP) (PDF).
Refer to LLEAP Benefits section (above) for more policy details. Colleges/units unable to approve eligible LLEAP requests due to budget reason need to contact the appropriate Vice Chancellor to discuss concerns before responding to employee’s request.
Academic Professionals and Open-Range Civil Service employees interested in understanding LLEAP or the benefits of LLEAP are encouraged to review the LLEAP policy:
If the employee is eligible, the employee must complete the Employee Participation Request Form at least three weeks in advance of the Career Development Activity and submit the completed form to his/her manager for review:
Managers review completed LLEAP request forms and are encouraged to notify employees of status within two weeks of receiving the completed form.
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