Annual Report, Educate-Connect-Elevate, Fiscal Year 2021

Illinois State University


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on society and individual lives. Illinois State, along with colleges and universities around the globe, was faced with a great many challenges in carrying out its core mission. The University community rose to those challenges and with innovation and creativity it continued to successfully teach students, conduct research and creative scholarship, and serve the larger community. This report provides a snapshot of our achievements for the fiscal year and reveals many contributions made in support of the University’s core values: Learning and Scholarship, Individualized Attention, Diversity and Inclusion, Civic Engagement, Respect, Integrity, and Collaboration. I am proud of the University and its success, the result of the outstanding efforts of our dedicated faculty, staff, and students. A few highlights from the fiscal year include the launch of the Teach Chicago Tomorrow teacher pipeline initiative; completion of an ISU Engineering Master Plan; extensive planning and implementation leading to the fall 2021 opening of the Multicultural Center; and for the third consecutive year, Illinois State’s day of giving reached a record for dollars raised and participation.