Chancellor Message 12/28/10
Message to Campus
RE status of UIC's engagement with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)
I write regarding questions and comments that have been raised in recent days concerning the status of UIC’s engagement with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC).
Just before Christmas, Provost Tanner sent the note below to Deans, Directors and Department Heads, and a similar note directly to faculty and others engaged with CIC initiatives. I want to share this note with our entire community.
I also want to assure you that the University opposed this change in UIC’s “guest” status with CIC and argued for UIC’s continued participation. Not only has UIC benefited from its relationship with CIC, but I believe firmly that CIC has been a stronger organization with UIC as a participant. Our research volume and enrollment compare favorably with those of CIC’s member institutions. We are the public research university in the nation’s third-largest city. We are one of the few campuses in the country that operates six health science colleges, including the nation’s largest college of medicine. UIC also is among the nation’s most diverse major university campuses. In short, UIC is a strong and in some ways unique contributor to CIC. However, CIC is essentially the academic arm of the Big Ten, to which UIC does not belong, and CIC ultimately has the right to determine its own membership.
With our official connection to CIC coming to a close, UIC will continue to seek out institutional relationships and collaborations that will benefit our faculty and students.
I write today to inform you of a change in the relationship between UIC and the CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation). UIC has, since the mid-80s, been a “guest” of the CIC, a unique special status that arose from the historical centrality of the University of Illinois in the CIC. The CIC is closely linked to the Big Ten Athletic Conference, which recently admitted the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, into the Conference. Subsequently the CIC took a critical look at its own membership, and decided that there will no longer be a "guest membership" category. Thus for the remainder of the academic year, UIC will begin a process of orderly disengagement from the CIC.
Anyone currently participating in a CIC group is welcome to continue through the end of June, 2011. Students currently enrolled in a CIC activity will be allowed and encouraged to complete their coursework or experience, even if that extends beyond June, 2011. SROP students will be accepted for the 2011 class as a final cohort. Faculty currently participating in the ALP or DEO seminars will complete the program in 2011, and future participation would only occur as part of a University of Illinois group. No new CourseShare or study abroad programs will be delivered to UIC or accepted from UIC after the end of the 2010/11 academic year.
UIC may continue to realize some rewards from the University of Illinois’s long association with the CIC. After June, you may wish to continue information sharing activities with your CIC colleagues, even though the activities will not be conducted under the CIC umbrella. It is presumed that any existing CIC contract or license that includes UIC will remain in effect. Going forward, the University of Illinois could negotiate on behalf of the several campuses for any business purpose such as procurement, licensing, and digitization so that all campuses would benefit from the arrangement.
Many members of the UIC community have contributed to the programs of the CIC over many years in a successful partnership. I recognize that this change may be particularly challenging given those circumstances, even as I recognize the CIC's desire to move ahead with clarity in its membership.
R. Michael Tanner
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
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