Nebraska to join academic arm of Big Ten

Champaign, Ill. — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has accepted a unanimous invitation from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the academic arm of the Big Ten, to join the consortium effective July 1, 2011, the same day the university will become a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Following the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors approval of UNL’s application to join the athletic conference, the matter of CIC membership was referred to the CIC provosts for action. The provosts, who govern the CIC as a "board of the whole," voted unanimously on June 16 to invite UNL to join the consortium. With UNL's acceptance, this brings UNL one step closer to full alignment with the other Big Ten universities. The CIC is the nation's premier higher education consortium of top-tier research institutions, including the Big Ten Conference members and the University of Chicago.

The addition of UNL marks the CIC’s first expansion since Penn State joined the consortium in July 1990. It will increase CIC membership to 13 institutions. CIC schools have a combined annual research total of $6.4 billion and their ties to UNL run deep, according to CIC sources. Approximately 30 percent of UNL tenure-line faculty earned their highest degree at a CIC institution.

"We welcome the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a top-notch public research institution that shares the academic values, aspirations and challenges of the CIC member universities," said CIC Chair and Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Rodney Erickson. "UNL, like all of the current CIC institutions, is a member of the Association of American Universities. UNL also has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research Extensive University. We look forward to working with our colleagues at UNL in the years ahead."

Said UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman, "The Big Ten, known for its athletic prowess, is highly regarded in academe for its track record of effective collaboration through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. This makes sense for the future of our University. We are honored to be included in the CIC."

Through collaboration, CIC members save money, share assets, and increase teaching, learning and research opportunities. Founded in 1958, the CIC facilitates member engagement in voluntary, sustained partnerships such as library collections and access collaborations; technology collaborations to build capacity at reduced costs; purchasing and licensing collaborations through economies of scale; leadership and development programs for faculty and staff; programs that allow students to take courses at other institutions; and study-abroad collaborations. For more information, visit online.

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Last Updated June 18, 2010