- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Faculty leaders at the University of Illinois’ flagship campus have approved a plan to create a new medical school.

The Urbana-Champaign campus’ Academic Senate voted Monday to approve the plan to build a small, engineering-centered medical school.

According to The News-Gazette in Champaign (https://bit.ly/1AToQWN ), the plan still needs further approvals from faculty across all three university campuses and a recommendation from university President Robert Easter. He is also reviewing a competing plan proposed by the existing, Chicago-based College of Medicine to open a new biomedical research institute. And ultimately university trustees will have the final say.

A new medical school at the Urbana-Champaign campus would include engineering and technology in medical training. It would be independent of the College of Medicine and its regional campuses in Peoria, Rockford and Urbana.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com


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