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Chancellor Phyllis Wise

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University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise

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Chancellor Wise, who oversees the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus, has been pushing for “future excellence” through her “Visioning Future Excellence” initiative. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Chancellor Wise about her goals for the university’s future.
 
We’ll also talk with Wise about the university’s growing presence in China, the growing reliance on private support, including philanthropy from individuals and foundations, like the University of Illinois Foundation, for funding, and about the increasing emphasis on diversity as a mission of the university.

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    Phyllis Wise has been Chancellor of the University of Illinois Urbana campus for 2 years since coming here she’s launched in bishops program and promoting long term development in sure that the U of I Urbana campus provide stock quote top quality education services for Illinois over the next several decades

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    in the meantime Chancellor wise is dealing with today today issues on campus
    from financial challenges to Masons faculty to new policies on campus smoking
    concealed carry weapons mg metals and Chancellor Phyllis 1
    why is my guest on focus today

    are program continues after the news
    welcome to focus on Jim Meadows Phyllis wines begin Chancellor of the University

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    city of Illinois Urbana campus the fall 2011 almost immediately she begins
    genocide of on campus listening tour that you follow up with the process she calls
    visioning future excellence setting future goals for the campus both long
    long and short term some of those goals and studies show up in the latest
    U of I strategic plan which was announced a couple of months ago will talk about those
    does Golden other things going on around the U of I Urbana campus with a chancellor was walking back to
    back to focus thank you very much damage wonderful to be here and if you have a question for chance

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    Chancellor wise give us a call at 1 800 22 29455
    the toll free 1 800 222 wyll you can also email
    Gmail acid will dash talk wyll dash song
    illinois.edu and welcome your questions on Facebook and Twitter at focus
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    when you start is Chancellor couple years ago you win on the listening and learning to ride
    I did what is it what is that really entail well I took the opportunity

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    eternity to try and visit every single academic unit and almost all of our
    olive Rd mistreated Unit II also was able to visit alumni groups in Chicago
    how go and New York and also on the west coast to really learn more about
    are about why people wanted to be at Illinois what they got out
    out of their experience here I’m what made them loyal dead
    dedicated energetic um I people who
    wengage with University in various ways it was a great way to learn more about the University of Illinois

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    annoyatron champagne you know I got the magic in if you could go to any college campuses
    Cincy some of the same social things coming from people what is there anything in particular
    truck ya what what you got to talking to people in Illinois I think that sings
    things that was most memorable about that listen learning to roar was the one
    universally common thing that came up was it people said
    dead people were on campus still said they were here because of the people
    that it was the generosity the collaborative

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    is culture the willingness to ask each other questions and help
    help each other that made them stay here um it was it was really hurt
    heartwarming now it from there you went to the the visiting the future
    future excellence and I’ve been trying to figure out the white noun for this promises
    YouTube what you want what we call it an initiative because we want
    we wanted to convey the feeling that this was a intense
    exercise that probably wouldn’t be um for a certain period of time

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    what time it was a a follow up to listening in learning tour
    RN allowed me to meet with small groups of people on campus and off
    end of off campus to ask a question to questions actually so
    first was what are societies greatest challenges going to be in the neck
    the next 20 to 50 years and a second question was what is the role
    roll over preeminent public research university with a land grant mission
    Global Impact what is the role of that kind of an institution in

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    meeting the challenges essentially this Campus ear yes yes
    and the weather report came out of that in July is at the end of vision in future
    is it done now or is it more yeah I know it is I would consider pretty much
    pretty much done what we did from that is up collate all of the data
    data and realize that from that arose six different scenes
    we should really concentrate on um and it was the foundation
    Asian for what we called the Big vision and that lead into the street

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    strategic plan ok and the strategic plan really that something
    something that’s done. University white from time to time I gather the last one was in 2000
    2006 right and then one just came out supplements well so much
    the each of the campuses were asked to write your teacher plan and so this
    the strategic plan that your familiar with is the one for our campus
    that covers our goals are vision our hopes our plans for the next 3
    3 years and the URIs campus and the USC campus have also create

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    created there on your plans and now there is a person in the
    the president’s office who is putting together these 3 finding the common elements and make
    making that the overall University strategic plan so that’s going on right now
    right right out of that will come I guess the master strategic plan
    plan and hopefully there are some common threads writing process right there
    I think there will be some distinctive threads of which where one campus will be able to take
    how to take the lead and other ones with your income in which we should Clarion creates Energies

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    when I was looking at the Havana campus is a strategic plans and some of its goals
    one of the ones that came out to me and I heard about this before
    4 what is the idea of hiring 500 faculty over the next five to seven
    7 years right and I was looking that remembering that the
    University actually I did early retirement buyout since 2010 win
    more than 480 employees don’t know how many of faculty but nice Zito porn
    took part in the chorus in 2012 something that the university had anything

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    any say about but a lot of people decided to retire that you’re because they thought
    what a cork in the pension formula said that’s the best year to be tired so you lost
    lost a lot of people right here we did lose a lot of people over the last
    I would say 5 years the combination of the recession and petechiae
    what a killer but it really constraints and then also as you mention the pension shoes that
    is that that a worried some of our faculty last year so when we say 500 new facts
    new faculty some of them are going to be replacements of faculty who left their art

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    are two ways that were recruiting new faculty one is to replace
    who plays faculty were the student demand is particularly intents and where we don’t
    we don’t have enough faculty to be able to cover the student needs and the other one
    other one is to take advantage of are strategic plan and do cluster hiring around
    round some of the scenes that arose from observations
    future excellent exercise or concentrating on energy and the environment on health
    health and wellness and um cultural diversity culturally quotes

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    social equality and cultural understanding and doing
    cluster hires around those three themes this year
    because we believe that if we can recruit 3 to 5 people who can collaborate
    Easley that we will be able to do Nov 8 of learning
    innovative teaching and also be able to be very competitive for some of the research grant
    can you so we believe will be coming up and that way be able
    able to make the University of Illinois more prominent more visible

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    visible more impactful more respected in a relatively short period of time
    can you give any specific examples of where these areas in the university
    versity might be what you would do the soda Farmington wear funding opportunities through Grande
    grants may I may appear right so as I said were or concentrating on end
    what energy in the environment we believe that um areas
    areas of funding for energy are going to be increasing because that’s such an important
    important issue nationally and health and wellness out will allow us to be a

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    be able to apply for grants particularly within the NIH research
    also other private foundations and a corporate opportunity
    Kennedy’s is well okay so good looking private foundations corporate
    opportunities it sounds like one thing but not looking at in million long term trends for the state
    state of Illinois big bundles of money coming our way
    well if you know where they are I hope you let me know because I’d love to take advantage of them I think that
    think that we realize the state of Illinois in um considerable

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    budgetary a constraint has considerable budgetary restraints
    we will continue to make a pitch for the fact that higher education
    occasion is critically important and in that mixes University of Illinois
    is critically important but we also are making plans to look for a revenue
    revenue sources through philanthropy through a grants and contracts
    racks so that we can make up for any losses
    los is that my continue to come from the same does that mean increased role for

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    a body like the foundation yes we are one
    are working with you I found a shin very closely we just recruited a new vice chancellor for
    surfer institutional advancement who is our campus lead person that person’s name is Dan Peterson
    listen and Dan is work very hard already in development his own plan
    plan of attack in terms of ways to develop relationships
    chips with people were interested in investing in our campus um Bozar loans and
    and we’ll be on Jetstar alumni base what talking with the Chancellor Phillips

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    Phyllis why is the University of Illinois Urbana campus on focus I’m Jim meadows in
    and if you have questions for Chancellor why is our phone number is 1 800 2229
    29455 you can email your questions to WY el dash time
    talk at illinois.edu what we were talking about
    dumb state funding which I think really long term trend
    and um even before the recent financial troubles was at State funny
    universities is not getting any bigger and maybe going down in terms of the total

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    Obama spent right I mean I mean if you look at the last 20 years across
    across the United States all states have been withdrawing their funding of there
    public higher education institutions um its been a pretty
    pretty constant declined sometimes a little bit more quickly and sometimes a little
    a little bit less quickly um but the state has the states have not been able
    OpenTable to fund their state institutions the way they used to sew
    I don’t think it takes a genius to realize that we better be planning

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    for some more of the same and if it doesn’t happen with glee
    gladly accept as graciously as we possibly can any
    additional funding from the stage at the same time tuition for students at the U of I
    why has gone up early to Asian for students at all state universities in Illinois
    has gone up since Stancil in the last few years the figures I see for upper division
    give it up upper division tuition rates at this campus is a 28 percent run
    rise from FYE 2008 to f1 2012

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    but there are other campuses with with bigger increases
    I guess we’re still in total one of the more expensive campuses around the state
    the state has the flagship university with you it was so to expect that but that
    but that’s that can be a real burden for students at the time when the role of State
    University is to provide educational opportunity that’s a private schools
    what not to be able to do what’s going to happen to that
    in the next few years what are the goals in terms of A tuition

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    wishin rates and affordability so you bring up of really critical topic
    bike and that is that we realize that we have raised tuition fairly certain
    search of Leo over the last 5 to 10 years and we cannot afford to do that any longer
    longer because we realize that if we do that we will have a large number of students
    just will not be able to afford to come to the University of Illinois the kinds of Israel
    really really like to have your highly qualified wonderful citizens of the state
    the state of Illinois so um we last your only raise tuition

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    is tuition by 1.75 I believe percent is a mounted to less than 100
    $100 per semester this year we are also considering if anything a ver
    very modest increase intuition because we realize the increase burn on students at the
    at the same time we have been doing is putting much more money of our own
    are on into financial aid and we have reached Dumbledore effort
    turn the phone plan to be to go to donors who would like to find scholarships so that the
    that the students now who are coming to you in the University of Illinois have the same kind of

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    experiences that they had when they were students here 20 30 40 years
    years ago um I have to say we want to make sure that we
    what we provide access to excellence and not just access that we believe that we
    what we must continue to be the best kind of educational experiences a student
    students can have and so is the dual wave
    I’m trying to put more money into financial aid that is putting more central money into it
    as well as getting more scholarship funds from donors is a two pronged approach

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    approach that we are using um and I believe that we put in
    another 20 million dollars into financial aid Justin the last couple of years of our own
    and also have been successful in getting some scholarship money
    including the part of the Granger Soundation gift to college engineering
    is dedicated to scholarship how far do you think those efforts go
    in the essential Erie open the door to students who have
    no been with lost the opportunity to cry because of the tuition Rises

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    well we certainly hope to be able to meet the needs of more students I mean when we
    when we accept a student that students does not accept us and goes
    go somewhere else and we asked him why they’re not coming the first reason they give us
    buses money that someone else some other institutions offer them more
    more scholarship money that we have been able to and we don’t want to lose so since we accept
    September because we believe that they are highly qualified and also because we believe
    they would benefit from being here at the University of Illinois at urbana-champaign so

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    does a student want to come and we want to make sure that its affordable for him
    do you ever see a time if things go well in other funny areas that tuition
    what should levels can go down you know to be honest with you
    with you I don’t see a time when tuition levels will go down I hope
    hope that they will level of more and that rises will be modest but I can tell you that
    are you that the needs a student is increasing all the time the kind of Education
    send it to expect a day is different than the kind of education students expected

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    naked 2034 years ago the global experience is a 10
    they want to have the research experience if they want to have service learning
    experiential learning the kind of counseling that there counting on advice
    advising career planning all of these are what we will call out of the classroom experience
    princes that students now Expect and we want to provide that
    does all cost money in addition to obviously keeping our classrooms
    technologically at the level where they can use the most current

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    current ways of learning so they’re all sorts of aspects of learning that that
    that are students we want to offer sons and they actually expect I get
    I get I guess this question of just dealing with of the expenses of college
    expenses of attending college DuckTales into a golden Desert Ridge plan of Amer
    more inclusive and diverse student body but also a more inclusive
    diverse faculty and staff are you working you trying to find retail Schools
    on both ends IIIC us a mansion as far as students

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    students of Concerned of increased need based scholarship funds to ensure that the
    the University of financially accessible to all qualified student and I guess it’s summer
    Zumba for Wii talking about in the last few minutes right thumb I think you referring to the
    the importance of diversity whether or not you’re talking about racial ethnic religious
    images of economic geographical um sexual
    orientation all aspects of diversity I think ur part of the definition of excellence
    excellence and so we are working very hard to make

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    rcampus diverse bows in terms of the faculty and staff
    Staffing Agency both of y’all 3 staff and students
    and our putting extraordinary efforts to making sure that
    not only are we attracted to them but that we have a kind of campus
    climate that is inclusive that um really welcomes
    diverse races at any conversation because I’m a true believer that
    that if you have to vs diversity voices around the table of any discussion

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    710 any decision that is made will have incorporated the thoughts of different people
    people and is likely to be applicable to more people than if you just talked with
    one kind of person looking at the vision
    visiting future excellence initiative and the looking for areas of
    of study in research that make a significant invisible silent
    impact making those decisions of what you going to do over the next several decades
    kids does it also in sale ideas making decisions about what you’re not going to do

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    going to do yes and I can I know I can think of 100 men name is my phone
    my fault I can think of something that the universe is a side that it’s not going to continue
    the Institute of aviation Anderson the Parkland College in Champaign is this love
    how to take that over that would be I guess one example b*** how do you make the decisions
    will decisions about what you are not going to do any longer are probably more
    more challenging the decisions at what you do want to do when I think they have to go hand in hand
    hand we have to realize that what we have done for the last almost

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    almost hundred fifty years is not justification for doing it for the next hundred fifty
    50 years that if you are going to adopt new edition is and
    and new programs that we have to take a very careful look at the programs
    what we are doing now to make absolutely sure that they are still central to the mission and
    and your example of the Institute of aviation is an excellent one it was a great program
    reprogram but it um was quite expensive and was serving ver
    very few students and we found a way that it could continue

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    Underoath Greenman that Parkland College would take over the majority of
    city of the responsibility for it and was that was that decision
    really done because of a mean in art on least partly because
    because of financial considerations only have so much fun to work with some things
    have to go that are considered less valuable than others so you’re right
    right before I got here at the US the campus went through
    through its called stewarding excellence and it was a very careful of valuation

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    Shin of all aspects of campus activity and the decisions
    visions to consolidate or even eliminate some
    programs was based upon weather was central to the mission of the universe
    University still today whether it was affordable
    and whether it was important to the future of the mission of university and I think that
    exit that end with many many different committees in Incredible effort on the part of
    heart of then in a chance for Easter an intern Provost wheeler and Men

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    how many different faculty and staff committees in which students were also involved believe
    was a very very carefully thought through and deliberate after
    effort to make sure that everything that we were doing was absolutely essential
    the future of the university okay have those decisions and mostly
    mostly made for a while do you think are at this stage the game order still
    do you still see cutbacks in elimination semi have to be done
    what most of the things have been done um we were able to find

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    find ways of saving roughly 17 million dollars recurring dollars
    um but we will I think what we realizes that we shouldn’t do this once every 24
    20 to 50 years we should have an ongoing evaluation of all of our program
    are programs and provost edition is working on ways to have
    Evaluation assessment of all of our department in programs at
    at an interval roughly every 8 years um to make sure
    sure that changes Ezer expansion or consolidation

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    should be considered now is that separate from the deli
    The Daily Illini a while back of the recently about a new process
    process of evaluating academic units that would go to having some doubts
    outside body so a yes
    yes that is a what the daily a line I was talking about what we are
    what we’re doing is the unit that is going to be evaluated or cyst
    does a self study first and present it to a small group of

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    of external um people who come to our preeminent People Inc
    Blinn great departments are great program who come and read the Sofia the first
    first read self assessment and then come and actually visit with Department
    and Beyond apartments Jamaican valuation and a recommendation to us
    ok if its under Wayne hours is still being what is underway no images
    is being pilot this year Jay the song you know this on the last few minutes I was thinking about
    about this as I got an email in someone asking I guess he was the

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    the Raiders looking for specific as to what cut backs of any can you point to is being
    responsive as with rider calls states tire for a physical condition
    you know a right now were in the process of making those kinds of decisions
    um and I think it’s really important for us to use the shared governance
    governance process that is to go through several different steps of looking
    um first at the programs in self then consulting with the Faculty Senate the act
    the Academic Senate in terms of whether or not they agree and then

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    it is a far as you mentioned earlier it is hard to make chain
    changes that would consolidator eliminate programs probably harder than starting Hammond
    so there’s a long stopwatch process that I actually think is underway in MI
    and I don’t think it appropriate for me to talk about anything but you
    what to expect from decisions made what we’re going to take a short break
    break now this is locust WI talking with Chancellor of the U of I Urbana campus
    Phyllis wisin will be back in just a moment

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    this is focus we’re back on W while im Jim Meadows my guest is Phyllis WI
    is wise Chancellor of the campus of the University of Illinois
    open talking about the visiting future excellence initiative a man will be talking about other pieces
    pieces of University business if you have a question for the Chancellor phone number is 1 800
    800 222 94551 802 to 2945
    4554 222 wyll the email
    email addresses WY el dash talking illinois.edu and you can

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    send your questions to ask on Twitter or Facebook at focus
    580 um I was wondering about that
    project the universities for going on has has going on with
    with the People’s Republic of China both projects in China Ann doll
    and also projects at a Chinese institutions are doing here
    100 status at the U of I should be opening up an office in Chennai
    Shanghai I think next month yes um that’s right we are going to be open

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    opening up an office in Shanghai I will actually be able to be there too
    do I do that officially it’s one of our ways of being able to beat
    to be present are there in a bigger way then just occasional visit
    visits think it’s really important because they’re opportunities arise dead
    we may not know about if we don’t have that kind of present ok 0
    there already a lot of collaboration simulation ships going on with how many
    but yeah I’m not sure I know how many universities and also corporations in China

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    China yes I so we have a long history of clarity
    Asian with China um right after the Boxer Rebellion we were one
    one of the universities accept a large number of Chinese students um
    in the last century we have an increasing number of collaboration
    operations educational ones back and forth with universities as well as
    well as public private partnerships with corporations in China and
    and I’m really proud of the fact that were one of the preeminent universities work

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    working with Chinese universities in Chinese corporation how does is benefit
    the University in the student body at the University bank will you probably know
    holy know that we have one of the highest number of Chinese students of any university in the United
    in the United States and we want to be sure that we are really ready to welcome
    welcome them um we want to be sure that they are prepared for their ex
    experience here Illinois so part of the reason for having an office there
    there is to be able to be a vailable to answer any questions for students

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    thinking about coming or who have accepted our offer to come
    and we’re preparing to come um it is really important that
    that students to come from that far away are really ready for their learning experience
    Sperry insole have here I know that brings up a question from time to time
    about the high and low high is relative trumpet certainly increasing level
    levels of international students at the University of Illinois um
    increases the diversity of the student body they pay more then I

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    in state students which certainly can’t hurt of the university
    I’m wondering what is it mean for the rest of the student body at the U of I
    why is this a zero sum game where are the slots for students are Barbie
    are being taken away because our slots for international students are use a room for every
    everybody so what we hope to always be able to
    acceptance many of the highly qualified students as we possibly can and we realize we
    lies we are the University of Illinois at urbana-champaign our first responsibility

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    is service citizens of Illinois Wii accepted all larger now
    number of Illinois residents this year than before and we have
    we have maintain the number of Illinois residents as we have in the last 2 years in the
    in this year’s incoming class it arrive in the fall we have had
    increasing demand for a slot by are international students
    students and um because we are a very highly respected
    University in China and India and Western Europe and sew

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    so we find out the application for international students are increasing and then
    and they are also very qualified applicants um this last year WI
    accepted a certain number of international students and weak all the time
    take rate that is the number of students are accepted us out stripped rxpect
    expectation so we have a few more international students use your than we expected
    we welcome damn with open arms and were hoping to provide them with great
    what education is but what I would you ask also is a critically important element that is what

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    what is in it for students who are from Illinois in from other states in India
    United States and in some ways I think the students who are
    mystic students attend the University of Illinois residents get a global experience
    experience even just staying on campus I don’t think that replaces going abroad for
    for a period of time to study what is a great introduction and what
    what I’m really hoping is that the exchanges between the international students anarchy
    domestic students get to be even better and I know are a division of

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    Student Affairs is trying to find ways bows
    does having learning communities in the dorms having events on campus
    throughout Europe politically in the fall when students first arrived that make sure
    sure that the mixing is done so that its not just a numbers game it really is inclusive
    who really is making sure that they bump into each other and really get
    get to know each other and get to be friends by the times they graduate
    challenges in Toledo trying to social engineer the student body so that

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    people meet up in fruit for weight with each other yeah I mean you know it is a very
    very large campus pose in terms of numbers of students as well as the area of a campus
    Campus um uh takes up and want use decide to major
    Meijer in English or psychology or you know if the Arts or
    Engineering you tend to stick with the students who are majoring in the same discipline
    what we really want to make sure that within that discipline you mix with its made different
    front kind of student with his many different life experiences as you possibly can

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    what also that if you’re an engineering major that you don’t always stay just with engineering majors
    majors and so we try and schedule a different number than swear
    we totally mix it up can you give me an example of of events
    events that gold mine yeah so one of them is actually are quad day
    in the very early fall where student groups have displays and others
    can come in just get to know that if you’re interested in this area or that area you can
    are you can um come and join this club or that club and you don’t

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    you don’t have to live with in your same dorm they don’t have to be in your say major but you haven’t
    having a certain interest on that you would like to learn more about
    I know WILL so has a usually has a table out of yes I have I walked through there
    are there it’s like the entire student body its amazing is it it’s it 68 st
    its it’s extremely busy yeah so that doesn’t like an opportunity for for people to meet each other
    what not otherwise something else in connection with his logic
    Watertown pick up is there’s going to be a Confucius Institute established within

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    within the College of Education here there’s a signing ceremony set for icing
    tomorrow yes a lot of campuses have these but maybe you could talk a little bit about what it means
    need to be hosting to write a concert the Confucius Institute
    Art Institute sponsored by a hundred ninty
    in China is is is an institution that helps culturally
    exchanges between China and various Institute in different countries particular
    take a leave the United States their goal is to make sure that we understand

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    first and the culture of China our goal is to make sure that the
    the culture of China is incorporated into the
    the mission of our University and the of confusion student is going to be
    going to be established here at the University of Illinois is being sponsored by the College of
    education so it’s usually 1 University in Troy
    in China with another university in the United States but it doesn’t
    necessarily have to be limited to that okay in all of these Peralta

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    all these projects working with China um have there been agreements
    made to go she ate it always do something at the university is mine for love
    5121 sure know whatever may happen the academic freedom integrity
    review of iPhone so both um we absolutely
    Louis want to make sure that the integrity of of our students are faculties maintain
    maintained in any agreement that we make whether or not it’s with a foreign country or
    or even know you with another with another university so

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    you ass is this is a fairly free flowing in spontaneous I think that any
    anytime that we have a long term engagement
    rent with another university or another group we write what is called
    call the Memorandum of Understanding so that both parties are sure of
    what we have agreed to and Ken look back at that mo you if
    if any thing comes up that we didn’t expect yeah I’m thinking that
    that as we’ve been talking in various topic year Which Wich touch on

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    on the seeking of a diverse University UFO
    if I were king in DC area touches on your own experience in academia and then also as
    also as administrator in your as a woman as Asian American must be experienced
    experiences of your background yes I mean I think
    think im as a woman and as an Asian American
    a diversity has been part of my blood part of my DNA
    um I think I appreciate it all the opportunities I’ve had thru

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    rule out my life starting from when I was very young being the only Chinese family in
    family in the community that I grew up in New Jersey all the way through my professional career
    career where I was one of the only one or two women in my department
    when I first started my faculty position I was one of very few chairs
    tears of physiology umm when I became a chair physiology
    even as a Chancellor here when I was the enterprise
    president of University of Washington I was the first Asian American woman to ever lead a public

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    public research university so being a minority has been part
    part of almost every step in my personal and professional life and I think I really appreciate
    38 the opportunities I was given by being accepted and welcomed
    in the different communities in which I’ve been engaged I want to make sure
    what does kind of opportunities are made for other people do you see when you look at
    academia in the universities in general in the US progress P
    is being made rose being made the serious yes I 5 really do you think that progresses

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    is being made um I think we are not there yet um
    but I think the progress has been made and if we keep on working hard to get even better
    better this is focus in WY alone with talking with Chancellor Phyllis wise
    the University of Illinois Urbana campus I wanted to mention in a couple of days until
    Thursday will be talking off with presidents of another piece of Higher Education
    the presidents of two Area Community College how much is a Tom Ramage
    image of Parkland College in Champaign and Alice Jacobs Danville Area Community

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    the College in Danville and will start to see how that piece of the puzzle
    Fitz and then I’ll be on Thursdays edition of focus if you have questions
    questions now for Chancellor Weiser phone numbers 1 800 222 945
    455 1 800 222 wyll were on Twitter and Facebook at focus
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    talk at Illinois .edu want to bring up a few other topics in one
    one of them is something you brought up in email um this morning and the vet

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    that’s a female to the campus status and that’s about on how the U of I
    viagra behna become a smoke free campus on January 1st
    and the this is going to be everyone everywhere smoking
    everything as as it says as you write the Ribault club
    include all for form to bring tobacco including cigarettes cigars pipes
    hookahs cigarillos and I already brings up a question to me
    e-cigarettes what is the status of e-cigarettes um under the

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    under the eyes of the smoke free campus policy if I’ve been determined so I
    I need to get a little bit more information on that as far as I understand
    this is not involved
    what were having some to go see a campus spokesman right Robin Kelly
    coming into have to ship something light on this particular topic Robin hello how are you
    fine I’m sorry for not quite granular level for the cancer but we have determined
    will not be allowed to soak a sono e-cigarettes as well correct

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    correct time and is is is there a rational or irrational
    what is an argument yeah um I mean they there there’s a information
    Asian data that shows they may be addictive is well that sort of thing
    is kind of a separate them out just creep of confusion someone sees
    nc someone with your for the real cigarette what is the pros and
    cons and um because really out with the pros okay Robin Kelly
    Robin Chancellor wise

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    you know this brings up questions I’m sure people are asking this is really a campus wideband which means that
    includes all housing on campus by the Ritz freshman dorms are there
    family housing like over Georgia Downs that true and it also include
    klutz say sporting events which bringing large crowds from from out of town
    town of the university so like at the tailgate parties around the football game involves all
    all campus facilities dumb and so it would include any time
    any tailgating on our campus ilities don’t care if you decided to do this

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    do this now imagine you’re thinking it must be visible and that for Hampstead 22
    do just changed over the years of smoking will for sure attitudes have
    have changed over the last couple of decades with regards to smoking
    I think people appreciate today muchmore the health hazards
    words of smoking and of secondary smoke we are not the first
    big Research Campus or big campus to institute s policy I think
    think it is in the best interest of all their students are faculty and staff and resistors

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    Mrs and so we study this for a long time um and
    and are very very the adamant in the fact that we
    will be a smoke free campus starting next year and part of foot
    what you wrote in the email to this morning was about love
    about efforts to promote a tobacco cessation programs route to campus
    both through are the various health services on campus
    what also your be selling nicotine replacement products Atlanta Union

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    State Farm center what’s the saying for the speak well we are we are still
    we are still working on all of these details I have to say what we are trying to do is make a disease
    easy as possible for people to be able to make behavior changes that will be
    what will prevent them from needing to smoke any longer okay is there
    is there has been worked out how this will be enforced
    Forestwood violations occur and and then whats the penalties will be involved with
    what is there for students employees are visitors to campus right so we are off

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    which had several committees working on on this aspect of a pencil realize that if we have the power
    apology and then there’s no enforcement of the policy it really is pretty empty
    it during initial period of time right after the implementation of the policy
    we will be heading out warnings and after that we will be free
    the figuring out what stronger means we will need to do to enforce its power
    the policy what were hoping I actually is the signs will be preventative
    when it is and that the people realize that were serious about this and so it so

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    its always nice or not to have to bring out your sticks until you’ve used
    lot of carrots and the carrots are biting prevention programs
    providing notice providing reminders that this is a smoke free
    free campus as far as penalties somebody still being hammered out in the next
    Rite couple of months before takes effect right so we make your more specific about
    about this and later in December okay I wanted to ask you this is it
    this is a question related to achieve a line away there was news last month of a trademark

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    mark settlement of the University which was the owner of the Chiefs Society which is a group of
    what was that supports the Bible of Chiefland away can you tell me anything about what is
    what does dispute was about and how it was settled well I think it it really a
    is surrounds the fact that some the trademark application
    that that the society have filed to use the trademark and we have
    have settled with him that the trademark is ours and they will not be able to use it
    icing to settlement really clarifies things that might not have been cleared

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    clear before that smoking this um I get the on the cheap
    the Chiefs ideas still is is is is still wanting to revive
    live naked still of course do that but but they do not have
    not have access to the chief trademark that is true um we
    we are not on door saying or allowing any university sponsored
    concert event to include the chief OK and then also racist
    race is the questions about the holding of events which um

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    include um not the official symbol of nothing nothing nothing
    not any official Teavana with a former because there are none now but I perform
    performer sponsored by other organizations with ACS bean new Jeep
    Chiefs Solana Way I’m not sure I quite understand your question
    how many under under the under the trademark consideration
    another people put on the constituion perform um
    as to whether or not they can hold on to that name is being a guy

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    simple green well I believe that there is an issue of freedom of speech
    which which we certainly are not going to violate but it is not
    is not going to be any official Chief Illiniwek OK and then it support
    important for the university that that that made clear that yes K
    how to report a few months ago that you have to travel to Oklahoma to meet with leaders of the PR
    Peoria tribe in the IRR the last surviving tribal the old Illini Illinois
    Illinois Confederation what do you discuss you know a yes I did

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    did travel down and meet with you from in and a second Cheese
    Dollarhide and I took a few of my college down with me
    how to talk about ways that we can promote a respectful
    call a relationship with them to be able to welcome or students
    from the Peoria tribe to the University of Illinois at urbana-champaign to provide
    Vita kind of education that Native Americans how would Value Inn
    nad benefit from and then more recently we invited Chief Roman and

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    and his colleagues as well as the chief from the Miami tribe
    tribe to come here there actually headquartered in the same county that’s right that’s right
    right there Jason to each other and the Miami tribe has had a very very good relationship
    relationship with Miami University in Oxford Ohio and so we can learn from them
    and we set out of playing with just a given him um address
    I draft of animal you in terms of what we will be doing in the future with them and
    I’m very excited about that the surfing so you would do in the future what what what

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    what might involve how we can raise more money for scholarships how we can
    can possibly be doing research in sustainability they have a great program on
    Amon being able to to make sure that
    rarefied species of fish aren’t lost and we are doing some more kinds of research
    search um with them also there is work being done on
    genomics that we might be able to work with him on and also there varying
    very interested in entrepreneurship so there will be some of our students in entrepreneurship

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    ships in the College of Business I will be going down to furia tried and visiting them in teaching
    H&M and learning from the EMAs well this is interesting to see now because I know
    I know that doing the time when off when did Chief Illiniwek was the office
    the official symbol of the university and the controversy was in full flower there seems to be
    BIA definite moments talking to each other policy between the tribe in the
    the university university felt as long as the conflict what’s going on their hands
    hands are tied I didn’t know about that she wasn’t for your time it was

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    um all I know is that you know since the Peoria tribe
    we are on your travel and that we it’s really important as part of
    is part of diversity as part of cultural understanding as part of respect
    fact for the traditions I think it’s really important that we developer
    delivery lyrics special relationship with him and she from and has been wonderful
    fallen in being equally open as I am to the development of the
    things that relationship okay um you know we only have about a minute left on

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    on the on the program and I’m just thinking about all the things we talked about today
    connecting with your job is Chancellor you’re still doing research on ship I’m doing a little bit of
    bit of research well well I don’t put on a lab coat anymore
    any more I must admit I mean I do it um Kylie Julie with with colleagues Here I had
    Haddon and IH grant which I had been funded by the NHS for 32 years which last
    last year when it came time to renew it I decided that I’m better concentrate
    freedom being the Chancellor so my research now is really done in a second

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    secondary and tertiary matter with with colleagues what what subjects are you what
    what research are you engaged yeah so um my research areas looking at the house
    how hormones influence the brain to take an estrogen affect the brains of
    females in a allowing protection of the brain against nerdy
    degeneration and also in a modulator the way people
    people learn and remember I have you been finding out I mean we really have sometimes
    yes I know but I’ve been finding out some interesting thing as Lily

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    absolutely so in one sentence I would say that we’re learning that the brain is very
    berry plastic and hormones are one of the factors that influence or maybe we can have
    can have you want to come back another time to talk about your research would be lovely
    well at Chancellor Phillips wife thank you very much for being on focus of with with a
    with us today thank you Jim Today Show produced by Lindsey moon Jason from
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