Universities & Principal Investigators

Northeastern Illinois University – Grant Awardee

Principal Investigator: Lisa Wallis

Founded in 1867, Northeastern Illinois University focuses on providing quality, affordable education, serving 12,000 students at the 67-acre main campus on Chicago’s north side and two additional campuses in the metropolitan area. NEIU is the most diverse university in the Midwest, according to U.S. News and World Report. More than 25% of its students are Hispanic, making NEIU a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution. The mission of NEIU’s satellite campus on the northwest side of Chicago, El Centro, is to provide accessible, high quality and affordable undergraduate and graduate programs primarily to the Latino community. The NEIU campus on the south side of Chicago, the Caruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS), was established by the university more than 30 years ago as part of its urban mission to meet the educational needs of Chicago’s inner-city communities.

DePaul

Principal Investigator: Paula Dempsey

Now the largest Catholic university in the country, DePaul University was founded by the Vincentian Fathers in 1898 for students from the Chicago area, and still serves Chicago predominately – 80% of students are from the city and suburbs. DePaul offers 130 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business; education; computer science, telecommunications, and information systems; music; theatre; and liberal arts and sciences. Doctorates are awarded in education, psychology, philosophy, computer science, and law. The twelve schools and colleges include a College of Law and The School for New Learning, an adult degree program with both graduate and undergraduate degrees. DePaul has several campuses throughout Chicago and its suburbs.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Principal Investigator: Lynda Duke

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan is a highly selective private liberal arts university with an enrollment of 2,100. IWU is known for its outstanding faculty, distinctive liberal arts curriculum, the personal attention it gives students, and its beautiful and welcoming campus. IWU’s distinctive curriculum combines the liberal arts with professional programs in the fine arts and nursing. The University offers 47 major areas of study, plus eight pre-professional programs in medicine, law, dentistry, engineering, veterinary science, forestry and environmental management, physical and occupational therapies.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Co-Principal Investigators: Fifi Logan and Beth Pickard

The University of Illinois at Chicago, or UIC, is a state-funded public research university located in the Near West Side of Chicago. It is the second member of the University of Illinois system and the largest university in the Chicago area serving approximately 25,000 students within 15 colleges, including the nation’s largest medical school with research expenditures exceeding $290 million. Playing a critical role in Illinois healthcare, UIC also operates the state’s major public medical center and serves as the principal educator of Illinois’ physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

University of Illinois at Springfield

Principal Investigator: Jane Treadwell

The University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) is a small, liberal arts university located in Springfield. The school is one of three campuses of the University of Illinois. UIS was established in 1969 as Sangamon State University by the Illinois General Assembly and became a part of the University of Illinois on July 1, 1995. UIS serves almost 5,000 students in 20 master’s degree programs, 20 undergraduate programs, and a doctorate in Public Administration. The academic curriculum of the campus emphasizes a strong liberal arts core, an array of professional programs, extensive opportunities in experiential education, and a broad engagement in public affairs issues in its academic and community service pursuits. Almost half of UIS students take at least one course online, and UIS has been recognized as a national leader in online education. In 2007, UIS received the Sloan-C Consortium’s award for excellence in institution-wide online teaching and learning.

Now the largest Catholic university in the country, DePaul University was founded by
the Vincentian Fathers in 1898 for students from the Chicago area, and still serves
Chicago predominately – 80% of students are from the city and suburbs. DePaul offers
130 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business; education; computer science,
telecommunications, and information systems; music; theatre; and liberal arts and
sciences. Doctorates are awarded in education, psychology, philosophy, computer
science, and law. The twelve schools and colleges include a College of Law and The
School for New Learning, an adult degree program with both graduate and
undergraduate degrees. DePaul has several campuses throughout Chicago and its
suburbs.