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(September 23, 2011) We have made progress regarding scholarship and waiver policies and practices on our campus.  In our September 2010 Next Steps Letter regarding the Refocusing Scholarships Project Team report, we identified three essential tasks to be completed:

We are pleased to report that as a campus we have moved forward on all three of these important tasks.  In October 2010, the campus launched an Undergraduate Scholarship Initiative.  The Council of Deans created a Scholarship/Financial Aid Implementation Working Group to make recommendations that were used to support and implement that major scholarship initiative.  Similarly, the Offices of Student Financial Aid, Undergraduate Admissions and the Provost's Office worked together to draft a campus Undergraduate Scholarship and Waiver Policy, which we have adopted.  Finally, a campus-wide Scholarship Committee is being formed to address scholarship coordination issues.  For more information regarding these reports and the Undergraduate Scholarship and Waiver policy, please
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We would also like to update you on the work of the Stewarding Excellence@Illinois Facilities and Services (F&S) Project Team.  The team's charge was most certainly an ambitious one, especially given the size and scope of F&S, the services it provides across campus, and the time allotted for this review.  We are grateful to the Project Team for its efforts to examine several aspects of F&S including its funding, structure, and policies.  After consultation with key stakeholders and after significant internal deliberation, the Project Team concluded that its work should be continued as a lengthier and more comprehensive review, possibly aided by an external consultant.  We concur with this approach.  To this end, we will charge a new team outside of the Stewarding Excellence process to examine F&S in greater detail.  We are encouraged by the willingness of some of the Project Team members to serve in this capacity, and we will reach out to them as soon as the new team is constituted.  We have posted a report that summarizes the project team's work and its recommendation that a more extensive review take place.  The report can be found at http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/projectteams.html. We will keep the campus apprised of our progress as we move forward.

(August 16, 2011) As we close out the 2010-2011 academic year, while looking forward to the return of our students, I wanted to point with pride to what we have accomplished.  All across our campus, administrators, faculty, staff and students came together and addressed the challenges and uncertainties presented to us.  Every campus unit was called upon to make difficult fiscal, programmatic, procedural and other decisions necessary to ensure that we were able to best serve our students and fulfill our educational, research and outreach missions.  Despite additional cuts to state funding, our collective efforts have equipped the campus with the resources to reinvest in the critically important areas of a campus salary program, faculty hiring, physical infrastructure and other core initiatives. 

The Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois initiative was a significant part of the collaborative effort to address the unprecedented fiscal challenges facing the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and to do so in a way that continues and enhances our stature as a world-class institution.

Please take the time to go to the following link to read more about our accomplishments and about recent personnel changes.  Again, I want to thank each and every one of you for your efforts.

http://www.oc.illinois.edu/budget/summary2011.html

(July 14, 2011) The Beckman Institute and the Institute for Genomic Biology project team report has been posted to the Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois website and can be found at:
http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/projectteams.html. Below each report is a link to the public comment page link. We welcome your views. Comments for the Beckman Institute and the Institute for Genomic Biology project team report must be submitted by July 28, 2011.

(July 6, 2011) The NCSA project team report has been posted to the Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois website and can be found at: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/projectteams.html. Below each report is a link to the public comment page link. We welcome your views. Comments for the NCSA project team report must be submitted by July 20, 2011.

(June 14, 2011) The Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois project reports on Initiatives and Small Centers and Utilities have completed all of the appropriate review steps.  After much consultation, we are prepared to take specific actions. A detailed description of our plans and an implementation grid for each project can be found at: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/nextsteps.html.

(May 24, 2011) The Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois project report on Space Utilization has completed all of the appropriate review steps.  After much consultation, we are prepared to take specific actions. A detailed description of our plans and an implementation grid for each project can be found at: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/nextsteps.html.

(May 5, 2011) The Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois project report on the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has completed all of the appropriate review steps.  After much consultation, we are prepared to take specific actions. A detailed description of our plans and an implementation grid for each project can be found at: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/nextsteps.html.

(February 18, 2011) A new Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois Project Team has been charged: Facilities and Services.

The project is described more fully on our website: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/projectteams.html.  There you will find the charge letter, the time frame for the project review, and the team membership for the project. 

(February 3, 2011) The Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois project report on the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement has completed all of the appropriate review steps.  After much consultation, we are prepared to take specific actions.

We are also prepared to take further action related to the Institute of Aviation.

A detailed description of our plans relative to both the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and the Institute of Aviation and implementation grids for these projects can be found at:
http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/nextsteps.html.

A master implementation grid archiving all project grids can also be found at http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/mastergrid.html.

(January 24, 2011) The Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois project report on Biology Education and Research has completed all of the appropriate review steps. After much consultation, we are prepared to take specific actions. A detailed description of our plans and an implementation grid for each project can be found at: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/nextsteps.html.

We have also charged two new Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois project teams. The new teams are:

1. The Beckman Institute and the Institute for Genomic Biology

2. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Each of the projects is described more fully on our website: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/projectteams.html. There you will find the charge letters, the time frame for the project reviews, and the team membership for each project.

(December 21, 2010) The Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois project report on University of Illinois Extension has completed all of the appropriate review steps.  After much consultation, we are prepared to take specific actions. A detailed description of our plans and an implementation grid for each project can be found at: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/nextsteps.html.

(December 14, 2010) All 17 of the initial projects have completed all eight steps of the feedback process outlined at: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/feedbackprocess.html. We have communicated specific actions to be taken relative to 10 of these projects. Our plans can be found at: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/nextsteps.html along with an implementation grid for each project.   

(November 22, 2010) A Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois project has completed all of the appropriate review steps. After much consultation, we are prepared to take specific actions related to the following project: Police Training Institute.

A detailed description of our plans and an implementation grid for the project can be found at: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/nextsteps.html.

A master implementation grid archiving all project grids can also be found at http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/mastergrid.html.

We have posted a revised implementation grid for Academic Unit Reviews and it can be found at: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/Academic_Units_Implementation_Grid.pdf.

We have also posted additional documents for the following Stewarding Excellence@Illinois project: Utilities. The public comments and comment summary have been posted and can be found at: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/projectteams.htm.

(November 15, 2010) Two Stewarding Excellence @ Illinois projects have completed all of the appropriate review steps.  After much consultation, we are prepared to take specific actions related to the following projects: Academic Unit Reviews and University Library and Law Library. A detailed description of our plans and an implementation grid for each project can be found at: http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/nextsteps.html.

A master implementation grid archiving all project grids can also be found at http://oc.illinois.edu/budget/mastergrid.html.

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