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University of Illinois at Chicago
With 36,000 students, UIC is the largest university in the Chicago area. According to statistics from the UIC web site, 1 in 57 adult Chicagoans, 1 in 10 college graduates in Chicago, and 1 in 6 Illinois physicians are graduates of UIC.
UIC has been named as one of the most affordable universities in the United States by the magazine U.S. News & World Report, and it is listed as a college "best buy" in Barron's Best Buys in Education.
The University of Illinois at Chicago began in 1947 as a two-year college, mainly to serve GI Bill students returning from World War II. It was located then on Navy Pier. In 1965, it moved to its current location which was then called the Circle Campus and became a four-year college. Most of the campus was designed by architect Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The extensive use of concrete earned it the nickname the "Concrete Campus". The current UIC was created in 1982 through the consolidation of two University of Illinois campuses; the Medical Center campus, which was established in the 19th century and the "Circle Campus".
UIC has expanded, and is now part of Chicago's Near West Side. The campus now has more than 100 buildings that cover 300 acres (1.2 km²). Its approportioned annual budget is just over $1 billion dollars.
In the early 2000s, UIC has tried to help improve the quality of life in Chicago through the Great Cities Program. It combines efforts such as teaching, research, and other services. The medical center also contributes by providing health care to more than 400,000 people per year. It is ranked amongst the best health care providers in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
In 1999, UIC hired Stanley Fish away from Duke University to be its Dean of Arts and Sciences. The intention was to improve the quality of its programs, particularly for graduate students. After four years of mixed results, Fish stepped down from his position at the end of the 2003-04 school year, under heavy criticism from state legislators that he was simply trying to hire "rock star faculty" that never saw the inside of a classroom and demanded excessively high salaries. Fish stayed on as a Professor of English at UIC.
In 2001 the UIC CBA program was awarded the NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.
Other Notable Professors
- Daniel Bernstein - Associate Professor, Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science. Author of qmail, tinydns. Multiple time NSF grant winner and Sloan Foundation fellow. He is also well distinguished in the feilds of high speed cryptography.
- Dick Simpson - Professor, Department of Polical Science. One of the most prestigious Chicago politicians still very much involved in Chicago politics. He is responsible for over half a million dollars in grants and the author of four widely acclaimed books on local to state government. He is also widely acclaimed for championing against former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and present Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
- Bill Ayers - Distinguished Professor of Education. A 1960s-era political activist and former member of the Weather Underground, he is the author of a number of books on the teaching profession and is active in progressive campaigns for school reform.
- Joseph Hartnett - 1978. President and CEO of US Robotics.
- James J. McNulty - 1973. President and CEO of the Chicago Merchantile Exchange .
- Gery Chico - 1979. Former president of the Chicago Board of Education.
- Dr. Daniel T. Cloud - 1965. Former president of the American Medical Association.
- Adrian D. Smith - 1969. Partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill whose claim to fame largely revolved around enormous Chicago renovation projects
- Roger Shiffman - 1975. Former president and CEO of Tiger Electronics.
- Bernard Shaw - 1968. Leading news anchor for the Cable News Network from 1980 to his retirement in 2001
UIC is sometimes confused with the University of Chicago, a private university.
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