Illinois Abroad Implementation Committee

The Illinois Abroad Implementation Committee (IAIC) plays a critical role in education abroad management on campus.

The IAIC emerged as a key recommendation in the report prepared by the Task Force on Illinois Study Abroad. The committee is jointly appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost and the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies (VPIAGS) and is charged with providing guidance and tactical direction on the implemention of the action items identified by the Task Force report.

Committee Members

  • Peter Mortensen, Associate Professor Department of English, Chair
  • Gretchen Adams, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs
  • Katie Clark, Senior Assistant Dean for Student Services, College of Media
  • Andrew Collum, Associate Director for Safety and Security, Illinois International
  • Meghan Hazen, Registrar
  • Melissa Newell, Director of Undergraduate Affairs, iSchool
  • Vicky Gress, Executive Associate Provost for Budget and Resource Planning, Ex-Officio

Recent Action

September 2020

The IAIC released a report summarizing the work of the broader committee and that of the associated working groups during the 2019-2020 academic year.

August 2020

The IAIC was charged for the 2020-2021 academic year by the Provost and VPIAGS. Meetings will commence again in October.

May 2020

The IAIC members and the VPIAGS attended the May 26 Council of Undergraduate Deans (CoUD) meeting to discuss the committee’s principles, working group composition, processes, to discuss progress in general and to offer an opportunity for the deans to ask questions about the implementation process. View the IAIC presentation to CoUD.

February 2020

The IAIC invited all study abroad principals to a meeting on February 25 to provide those in attendance with a committee progress report and brief remarks from the VPIAGS. Following these updates, all study abroad principals engaged in a moderated discussion of the steps needed to realize the recommendation that some centrally-administered study abroad programs should be integrated into college study abroad operations. The purpose of such academic integration is two-fold: to bring programs closer to relevant faculty expertise and to create capacity in IAGE for its projected role as a provider of core services to the colleges.

October 2019

The IAIC was charged for the 2019-2020 academic year by the Provost and VPIAGS.


Questions about the committee may be directed to Illinois International.