ACI Prepares for 2019 Benefit Reception on April 12
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs will keynote event to raise funds for ACI programs and scholarships
Feb. 1, 2019

ACI’s 2019 Benefit Reception on Friday, April 12, at the University Club of Chicago’s Cathedral Room, will raise funds for ACI scholarships, for ACI programs aimed at improving college graduation rates among low-income, first-generation and students of color, and for career development initiatives serving students at ACI’s 27 member institutions.

Keynote speaker is Michael W. Frerichs, Illinois state treasurer. Frerichs has served as state treasurer since 2015 and was previously a member of the Illinois Senate, representing Champaign and Vermilion counties. As a senator, he chaired the Higher Education Committee.

The event will be hosted by Eureka College President Jamel SC Wright, who is also ACI president. Tickets are $200 each. The reception features live music, an open bar and generous hors d’oeuvres. The registration deadline is April 5, 2019.

Major sponsors already have joined the effort. Gallagher and Husch Blackwell are Patron Sponsors and Don Campbell, Robbins Schwartz and Rathje Woodward LLC are Partner Sponsors. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.  Each offers excellent benefits, including tickets to the event and greetings in the event program. Individuals and companies can purchase event program greetings for $500 to $2,500. The deadline for sponsorships and greetings is March 26, 2019.

“ACI receives generous support year-round from foundations and corporate giving programs that believe in our mission,” said ACI Executive Director Mick Weltman. “ACI’s annual Benefit Reception provides a great opportunity for people and companies from the community to support our efforts to make independent liberal education available to diverse students and to develop the talent needed to drive Illinois’ future economy.”

For additional information or to arrange sponsorships or greetings, contact Mick Weltman at, or call 312-263-2391, ext. 0523.

ACI Colleges and Universities Provide Significant Economic Impact, Data Show
Jan. 8, 2019

ACI’s 27 member colleges and universities contribute more than $3.5 billion to the Illinois economy and put more than 34,000 employees into the state’s workforce. The member schools, which enroll more than 67,000 students, also provide in excess of $856 million in financial aid. That data and more, compiled by ACI, is now available on the organization’s website at its Member School Data page.

Data is available in aggregated form, as well as individual data per member college or university. ACI’s compilation includes several data points about its members:

  • Demographic information
  • Academic programs
  • Employment statistics after graduation
  • State economic impact and jobs
  • Financial aid provided by each institution

“This information demonstrates the important role of ACI’s 27 members in the state of Illinois and the value of a liberal arts and sciences education,” said Mick Weltman, ACI executive director. “The data show these colleges and universities have a critical role in educating students and preparing them for careers in the today’s Illinois economy and in the future.”

Weltman encouraged viewers to share the information with individuals, families, school personnel, human resources professionals, business contacts and others. ACI plans to provide updated data annually for member colleges and universities.

The data was compiled over several months by ACI’s Eli O’Sullivan Kurtz using publicly available sources. Sources included member schools’ own websites, plus data from the Federation of Independent Colleges and Universities’ Economic Input Calculator and the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.


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