Institute for Collaboration

The mission of the Institute for Collaboration is to unite the powerful resources of the university and the greater Aurora community in the areas of education, health and human services, business, and government to address critical community issues, and study and facilitate the development of collaborative leadership.

Founded in 2003 with the support of a $10 million congressional grant, the Institute strengthens Aurora University's tradition of collaboration and service by working together with other community leaders to find innovative solutions to complex educational and social problems at the local and national levels. Directed by a committee of university and community leaders, the Institute for Collaboration seeks to develop nationally replicable programs and models that enhance the well-being and academic achievement of local students. The initiatives also provide valuable opportunities for educational research and serve as laboratories for Aurora University students to practice their future professions.

Recently, the Institute has been pursuing the creation of new models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, including a planned STEM Partnership School on the AU campus.

As a fundraising enterprise, the Institute for Collaboration has raised more than $8 million to support its programs.

For more information, contact Executive Director Sherry Eagle at 630-844-4626 or seagle@aurora.edu.