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Long-Term Goal 5:
Active Community Engagement

Long-Term Goal 5: Active Community Engagement.Achieve an integral and indispensable relationship with Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area; work cooperatively within SIU to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

1. Data Sources for Measuring Achievement of Long-Term Goal 5:

SIUE has a variety of measures of community engagement. These measures include faculty, student, and alumni reports about their behavior through the UCLA study, the NSSE study, and baccalaureate follow-up studies. Data are also available about alumni living and work patterns, student involvement in cooperative study and internships, attendance at campus events, and external funding for community engagement. The data from these various sources are displayed in Appendix 5.

2. Status in Achieving Long-Term Goal 5:

The University promotes engagement by educating students to be active citizens who choose to live and work productively in the community. As the data in Appendix 5 show, the number of SIUE alumni residing in Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area continues to grow. Consistent with the current difficult economic environment, the number of cooperative educational placements peaked in FY08 at 25% and continues to fall with FY10 data reflecting a 16% decrease since FY09.

The percent of senior students who plan to or have done community service has been variable reaching a low of 60% in FY06 with a high of 71% in FY09, and was 70% in FY10. This percentage is only slightly less than the NSSE urban consortium average of 72%. In Fall 2010, 49% of SIUE faculty indicated that instilling in students a commitment to community service is important to them (as compared to a peer average of 53%). The FY10 percentage of SIUE seniors who have or will be participating in a practicum, internship, field experience, or clinical assignment is about equal to that of the NSSE urban consortium peers (74% for SIUE vs. 75% for NSSE peers). From the most recent 2009 data, 89% of recent graduates and 90% of older graduates indicate that their college education is important to their community life.

Budgetary constraints have forced the University to more strongly focus its resources on its core educational programs. This has had an impact on resources applied to public service in terms of both total dollars (state and non-state) and staff years (state and non-state). This trend is beginning to change as in FY10, staff years increased by 15% to 352 which is still below a high of 366 in FY06, while total dollars showed a 12.5% increase to above FY06 levels.

3. Highlights from FY11 in Pursuit of Long-Term Goal 5 include:

Completed the development of a 12 credit professional development sequence in Healthcare Informatics for BJC; established a Dual Admit program with Lewis & Clark Community College.

The NCERC has built more collaborative partnerships with other universities through enhancing research and development capacity. The Center continues to optimize starch (corn) based ethanol production and position NCERC for advanced biofuels research (corn kernel fiber, cellulosic ethanol).

The NCERC received an $800,000 gift for fractionation equipment and services.

Finalized reorganization in the TRIO programs, Head Start and the Charter School (with the School of Education and East St. Louis School District). A new shadow system is being created for fiscal management.

Health Service joined with Madison County Health department as they prepared to create an effective health plan to address mutual health concerns.

SIUE's first major gift campaign, Defining Excellence - The Campaign for SIUE, moved into its public phase as we kicked off the program with a major celebratory event; the campaign reached 50% of its goal with over $25 million raised toward the goal of $50 million.

A $1 million gift was received for use in constructing and equipping a STEM laboratory for the charter high school located at the East St. Louis Center.

The Campaign Steering Committee continued to organize the campus for the campaign with a goal of having a unit campaign steering committee in each of the colleges and in the library.

The Student Call Center had another record setting year, with a growth of more than 25% in dollars pledged from last year, enabling the Annual Phonathon to break the $250,000 mark for the first time.

STAT, the student alumni group (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow), continues to grow, and they have initiated the Student Foundation, a group advocating philanthropy in today's students so that they will continue such as alumni.

Approximately 50 off-campus alumni events were held throughout the year and across the nation.

4. Short-Term Goals and Plans
Fiscal Year 2012

During FY12, SIUE will focus on the following short-term goals and plans relative to Long-Term Goal 5:

a. Coordinate 15 paid internship opportunities for undergraduate students interested in professional careers in politics and state government through the Vince Demuzio Governmental Internship Program.

Responsibility: Chancellor

Source of Funds: State appropriation

Rationale: Provide college students with an opportunity to work in and observe the benefits of careers in public service while providing a service for area legislators.

b. Reorganize the Office of Educational Outreach and Hire a Director of Educational Outreach.

Responsibility: Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Program Development Office of Educational Outreach

Source of Funds: Existing staff time and budget

Rationale: A contemporary educational outreach approach will permit the University to effectively meet the educational needs of off-campus students.

c. Continue to develop and increase the number of and quality of off-campus gatherings.

Responsibility: Vice Chancellor for University Relations, Director of Alumni Affairs

Source of Funds: Existing staff time and participant fees

Rationale: Off-campus gatherings garner greater alumni support and advocacy for the University.

d. Complete the installation of a Corn Fractionation System in the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center

Responsibility: Director of NCERC

Source of Funds: Grants and private donations

Rationale: TheCorn Fractionation System adds capability to NCERC for Advanced Biofuels.This system opens up new opportunities for industry, government, academic researchers, and policy makers in developing new fuels, chemicals and food products from corn.