In 2000 Illinois State University adopted "Educating Illinois," the strategic plan that has guided its destiny ever since. This book traces the history of the University from its beginnings in 1857 until 2007, and it reaffirms the founders' radical vision that Illinois State University should become a university that provides all the citizens of Illinois with both an academic and a practical education.
Freed, John B., "Educating Illinois: Illinois State University, 1857-2007" (2009). Educating Illinois. Paper 1.