|University of Illinois Extension serves as a link between the University of Illinois and the state’s residents and their families, businesses, and communities. Illinois Extension works with community partners to develop programs, tools, and knowledge that support the community’s goals for change and improvements. Extension translates research into information that helps people solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.
As part of the Land Grant system, the University of Illinois was established not only to provide world class education and pioneer research and discovery, but to put learning and discovery into practice, to benefit the health and wellbeing of residents and communities in every part of Illinois. Extension is the university’s statewide network of educators, faculty experts, and staff dedicated to that mission.
Communities are directly served by Extension staff in 27 units located across the state. Extension educators in local offices and specialists located on the U of I campus develop and deliver programming locally, in regional venues, and through distance-learning technologies.
As part of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System, U of I Extension draws on research-based expertise from land-grant universities across the country. Volunteers who serve on local advisory councils provide direction for U of I Extension programming, ensuring that programs continue to meet critical needs.
U of I Extension is based in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and works with all colleges and units of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.