The Institute of International Education says the University of Illinois at Champaign is the second-most popular destination for international students, behind only the University of Southern California.
Hundreds of thousands of Chinese students have helped push the number of foreign students studying in America to all-time highs. Similarly, more U.S. students than ever are studying abroad.
The findings come in a report being released Monday that was conducted by the nonprofit group working with the State Department. Purdue University in Indiana was ranked third.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The growing number of professors at the University of Illinois who don't have tenure want somebody besides their students to listen to them.
The Champaign News-Gazette reports adjunct faculty, instructors, lecturers and others who don't have tenure are hoping the school will take steps that would give them more job stability. Some are even assessing the need for a faculty union in Urbana.
Tenured faculty say their non-tenured colleagues deserve a stronger voice in what happens on campus.
Administrators in the school's provost office have been reviewing issues that are specific to non-tenured instructors. A spokeswoman says the goal is to have some policies in place sometime during this academic year.
U.S. News and World Reports has published its annual ranking of the best colleges and universities in the country. Princeton is number one among universities and Williams ranks tops among colleges. The publication followed a new formula this year that put more emphasis on student graduation rates, a school's reputation among its peers, and faculty resources. Locally, Washington University was selected to the number-14 spot, the University of Illinois at number-41, Missouri at 97 and just out of the top-100 is Saint Louis University ranked at 101.
In Champaign, this Bud lab's for you! The world's largest brewer has announced it is headed to school. Anheuser-Busch InBev is opening a data analytics center called "Bud Lab" at the University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign. The company says the lab will study "assortment optimization" along with social media and market trends and other "large-scale data initiatives." So far, the facility has several interns, most of whom have backgrounds in statistics and industrial engineering. Officials say that future student workers will most likely be those studying math, business and computer science.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An expert in term limits says a Republican governor candidate's proposal to overhaul the Illinois Legislature is better structured than past failed bids.
University of Illinois Professor Chris Mooney says Bruce Rauner's petition drive to limit lawmakers to eight years in office is savvy in its three-pronged approach. The Winnetka venture capitalist's proposal would not only limit the length of terms but also cut the size of the Senate and make it harder to override a governor's veto.
Those elements could help the proposal overcome a state Supreme Court ruling that struck down a 1994 initiative because it didn't make "structural and procedural" changes to the Legislature.
But the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform says it is concerned that Rauner's petition drive could unfairly boost his separate governor's campaign.
A 19-year-old University of Illinois student remains in custody today after authorities say he threatened classmates while referencing the shootings at Virginia Tech. Dany Sammack is being held on $250,000 bond after he was charged with felony disorderly conduct. The Champaign News-Gazette reports Sammak was arrested over the weekend after he made what authorities said were "terrorist-like threats" and made shooting gestures with his hands. A search by law enforcement of Sammak's home, computer and other property didn't turn up any evidence that he was part of a larger plot to harm others.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A top official from a Russian research university will be the new director of the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
The University of Illinois said Monday that H. Edward Seidel will be the new NCSA director.
Seidel has been a senior vice president at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow. The institute is a relatively new private university opened in a partnership between the Russian government and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Seidel replaces Thom Dunning who retired this year.
Seidel's resume includes work at the National Science Foundation and the University of Illinois. He held several positions at the U of I in the 1990s including a senior researcher position at NCSA.
He has a Ph.D. from Yale in relativistic astrophysics.
The union representing about 800 building and food service workers who went on strike at the University of Illinois earlier this month says they've reached a tentative deal with the school. Service Employees International Union spokesman Adam Rosen says employees will vote on the four-year offer today and tomorrow.
Details of the agreement aren't being released, but University spokesperson Robin Kaler says administrators are optimistic that it will be accepted.
The computer is now up and running. It is one of the world's fastest supercomputers and can maintain a speed standard known as a petaflop, which allows unusually complex calculations.
In late 2011 it looked like the project might never be finished. Original builder IBM pulled out and that set off a scramble.
Thom Dunning is director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the university. He admits there were real worries the project might stop.
But Cray Inc. took over and Blue Waters is now essentially complete. It's running about 30 projects exploring everything from earthquakes to space satellites.
Blue Waters will be officially launched in a ceremony Thursday.
After Larkin's first field goal in about 9 1/2 minutes, D.J. Richardson missed a 3-pointer. In the fight for the rebound, the ball appeared to ricochet off the hands of Miami's Kenny Kadji out of bounds. But the Hurricanes kept the ball, and Durand Scott made two free throws after that.
Miami (29-6) is in the round of 16 for only the second time in school history. The Hurricanes play Marquette (25-8) in Washington D.C. on Thursday night.
Larkin, the only non-senior starter for Miami and the ACC player of the year, finished with 17 points. Rion Brown had 21 with five 3s.
Brandon Paul had 18 points for Illinois (23-13).