U of I Academic Senate approves new medical school plan

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URBANA - A plan to create a new medical school at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's campus has been approved by the school's Academic Senate.

The plan was approved by Academic Senate members on Monday.  The new medical school would be independent of College of Medicine, as well as its campuses in Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana, and would include technology and engineering in medical training.

 Although the plan was approved by the Academic Senate, it will also need to be approved by faculty at the university's Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana-Champaign campuses, and must receive a recommendation by University of Illinois President Robert Easter.  Finally, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees would consider the plan.

In addition to this current plan, Easter is considering a plan to open a new biomedical research institute, which was proposed by the College of Medicine in Chicago.

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