Measures of Success
Undergraduate students in CAS represent 61 percent of the total SIUE student enrollment, providing the highest number of student credit hour instruction of all University academic units—more than 200,600 hours (59 percent) last year.
CAS has experienced a 27 percent increase in declared undergraduate majors over the past ten years and has awarded degrees to more than 27,500 graduates of CAS
CAS’s excellent curriculum is evidenced by accreditations from the American Chemical Society, American Art Association, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, National Association of Schools of Music, Council on Social Work, National Association of Theatre, and the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Ten thousand community and campus visitors annually access the rich cultural programming of gifted faculty, students, and nationally renowned guest speakers and performers, through CAS’s Arts & Issues series, music, theater & dance and art & design departments.
CAS faculty members have received prestigious grants from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, National Science Foundation and American Chemical Society. In 2009, the College’s faculty successfully secured a total of $2.8 million in grants for 71 projects—a 38 percent increase over the previous year. An additional $18,600,000 in CAS research funding was pending at the close of fiscal year 2009.
Forty-one students experienced travel abroad, service learning and field school experiences in multiple CAS disciplines with the help of College funding. Destinations included Austria, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Ukraine, Spain and Wales. Domestic trips included presentations at conferences, conducting research and participating in field studies.
New programs were developed in biotechnology management, environmental sciences management and theater education. An environmental toxicology specialization, as well as courses in Chinese, Arabic and Yoruba languages, and forensics have been introduced to meet the needs of the region and students wishing to work in a global market.