Eighteen months ago, Chancellor Michael Aiken launched a strategic planning exercise on the Urbana-Champaign campus. In the early months, a Strategic Plan Committee was named, and 10 work groups began looking at issues of importance to the future of the campus. In October 1994, draft reports totaling 250 pages, and containing more than 250 recommendations, were published for comment. The Council of Deans and the Strategic Plan Committee reviewed, distilled and synthesized those drafts, and the result of their work is "A Framework for the Future," a draft of which is enclosed in this issue of Inside Illinois. "Work has already begun on many of the action items," said Judith Rowan, associate chancellor. "Some others represent activities we already do, which we are committed to continuing or expanding; still others are prospective. The final version of the plan will indicate which items fall into which category." Comments on the draft are welcome, Rowan said, and may be sent before April 17 to her at Swanlund Administration Building or by e-mail to email@example.com. The draft will be discussed at the UI Board of Trustees meeting next week in Chicago. The final report will be published as a special edition of Inside Illinois on May 11 and on the World Wide Web.