Released: July 1, 2011
Lincoln, Neb. - The University of Nebraska-Lincoln officially became a member of the Big Ten Conference on July 1, 2011. The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors approved UNL's application to join the conference on June 11, 2010.
The Big Ten Conference is a union of world-class academic institutions who share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. The conference's 100-plus years of history, strong tradition of competitive intercollegiate athletic programs, vast and passionate alumni base, and consistent leadership in innovations position the Big Ten and its entire community firmly on the Big Stage.
The Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness in all aspects of its student-athletes' lives, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that each individual has the opportunity to live a Big Life.
Big Ten universities make up, along with the University of Chicago, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium formed in 1958 as the conference's academic counterpart.
To learn more about the CIC, visit http://go.unl.edu/cic_info.