Partnership with CLC

“Indeed, I think we have to say that in the College of Lake County we have found an excellent and willing partner for this University Center.”

Dr. Doug Day

Illinois Board of Higher Education

Meeting to create the UC and approve site selection - May 11, 2000

The University Center’s by-laws call for one seat on the Governing Board to be filled by a member of the College of Lake County’s Board of Trustees. In addition, the Center’s Council of Member Institutions includes a representative from the College of Lake County in addition to those from the eighteen member institutions of the University Center. Click on Governing Board or Council of Member Institutions for specifics.

Location and Facilities

The University Center’s Grayslake facility (1200 University Center Drive) sits on the northeast edge of the CLC campus, on land donated by the College. The University Center contracts with CLC for police and intercampus mail services.

The University Center and CLC collaborated to renovate the building CLC purchased at Genesee and Washington in Waukegan. The University Center occupies the third floor (1 North Genesee, Suite 300). The College itself uses the second floor and basement; the Job Center of Lake County occupies the first floor. Because of deep budget cuts, the University Center at Waukegan is now open only when classes are being held.

Joint Task Force on Collaborative Partnership

In January of 2007, Executive Director and Dean G. Gary Grace and CLC President Richard Fonte appointed a Joint Task Force on Collaborative Partnership charged with creating a joint vision and identifying implementation tasks that need to be addressed to create more coordination and collaboration between the University Center and the College.

The group was asked to consider the following questions:


  • How can the University Center and College of Lake County develop a joint strategy for recruiting students and developing associate/baccalaureate/ graduate degree paths?

  • How do our organizations become established in the minds of students and the public at-large as dual resources/joint partners that collaborate to help Lake County citizens reach their educational goals while still maintaining our individual institutional identities?

  • How can our organizations best provide student support services that are seamless for students moving from the College to a University Center member institution?

  • What kind of data is needed from prospective and current CLC students to plan and recruitment appropriately?

  • How can our organizations best serve the needs of northeastern Lake County through our Waukegan facilities?

  • How can our organizations collaborate to identify and address the workforce development needs in Lake County?

  • As new bachelor completion programs are established, what steps should be taken to assure curricular and student service coordination?


The task force, co-chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Ritt of North Park University and Dr. Stephanie DeCicco of the College of Lake County, made their final report in May of 2007. Some immediate outcomes included the construction of a sidewalk on the west side of Lancer Lane that enabled safe pedestrian travel between CLC and UC, early hiring of a projected UC staff position of recruitment specialist/academic advisor, collaboration on a lighted signboard for 1 North Genesee in Waukegan, and the appointment of a Standing Committee on Collaborative Partnership.

Standing Committee on Collaborative Partnership

The Joint Task Force recommended that its work be continued by a standing committee. The Standing Committee on Collaborative Partnership was formed in Spring of 2008 and is now co-chaired by Dr. Mark McKernin of Northeastern Illinois University and Dr. Ali O’Brien of CLC. A joint CLC/UC recruiting piece which outlines the partnership, identifies the benefits for students, and answers frequently asked questions was developed in time for the Spring 2009 College Expo.

In Fall of 2010, the University Center had a slot in CLC’s orientation week for faculty and staff and hosted a reception for CLC faculty and member institution faculty. In Spring of 2011, the SCCP implemented the second phase of a targeted marketing pilot project that enables UC member institutions to provide program information to the CLC students whose programs are the most likely match with the UC major.

In 2014, CLC began scheduling University Center lunchtime Transfer Fairs in March and October to coincide with the dates on which the evening UC Open Houses are held. Open to all bachelor’s completion programs offered through the University Center, the Transfer Fairs enable admissions representatives to come to Grayslake once yet participate in two events. In March of 2016, this event was expanded to a Mission Transfer luncheon that included a panel discussion by CLC alumni who were current students or recent alumni in University Center programs.