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Long-Term Goal 7:
Excellent Reputation

Long-Term Goal 7: Excellent Reputation.Participate and excel in actions that earn national recognition for quality.

1. Data Sources for Measuring Achievement of Long-Term Goal 7

SIUE has several sources of data regarding its reputation for excellence. The UCLA study of new freshmen asks students about their reasons for choosing an institution, including its academic reputation. The data for SIUE are displayed in Appendix 7 along with comparative data for other 4-year public universities.

U.S.News & World Report annually surveys university presidents/chancellors, provosts, and admissions directors regarding their perceptions of various institutions. Perceptions of SIUE are obtained from other master's level institutions in the upper Midwest. In addition, the National Institute of Health, which provides significant grant funding, and accrediting bodies offer support and acknowledgement based on reviews of programmatic quality. These recognitions are national in scope and contribute to SIUE's reputation for excellence.

The academic reputation data for SIUE are displayed in Appendix 7 along with the averages of other Illinois public master's level institutions as a benchmark.

2. Status in Achieving Long-Term Goal 7:

SIUE's reputation has remained consistently positive as measured in America's Best Colleges by U.S.News & World Report. In 2004, SIUE achieved number-ranking for the first time in the "Top Schools" category, placing 58th out of 142 institutions; in 2011, SIUE placed 47th. SIUE's academic reputation score has held at 2.9 or 3.0 from 2002-2011. In the U.S. News 2012 edition of America's Best Colleges, SIUE was listed for the eighth consecutive year among the top 20 Midwest Master's Level Universities and, again, is in the top one-third of all public and private Midwestern universities. For six of the last seven years, SIUE has been listed as a stellar example in the Senior Capstone category. Additionally, for the past three years (2009-2011), SIUE has been selected as one of the "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" that "recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academic, faculty, students, campus, or facilities."

For the second year, Washington Monthly ranked SIUE among the Top 50 out of 553 private and public master's granting colleges and universities in the nation. Recently G.I. Jobs ranked SIUE among the top 20 percent of universities nationally for our military friendly programs, and the Corporation for National and Community Service named SIUE to the 2011 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction.

According to the Fall 2010 ACE-CIRP New Freshman Survey, the same number of SIUE freshmen as their peers indicated that they are attending their first choice school (both at 70% for four-year public high selectivity universities), and they are likely to cite a "good academic reputation" as an important reason in selecting SIUE (52%).

The number of completed applications to SIUE in Fall 2010 increased by 6% (from 6,952 to 7,354) for first-time freshmen and by 28% (from 793 to 1016) for first-year professional students, while decreasing for transfer students by 4% (from 2,348 to 2,247) and for graduate students by 28% (from 2,139 to 1,536). Total headcount enrollment for Fall 2010 increased by 193 students from 13,940 in Fall 2009 to 14,133 in Fall 2010. Full-time equivalent enrollment increased by 197 from 11,806 in Fall 2009 to 12,003 in Fall 2010. Visitors to SIUE for admission tours and/or events in FY11 totaled approximately 8,962, an increase of 12% from the previous year and a substantially higher number than the FY07 total of 6,245 (a 43.5% increase).

3. Highlights from FY11 in Pursuit of Long-Term Goal 7 include:

The SIUE Women's Club Basketball Team won the 2011 National Championship.

The Kimmel Leadership Center was included on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes outstanding community service programs.

The Early Childhood Center was assessed by the Quality Counts: Quality Rating System and received a Star level 3 (out of 4).

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 7:

a. Monitor institutional progress relative to IBHE peers.

Responsibility: Chancellor

Source of Funds: Existing funds

Rationale: Maintain competitive status with peers

b. Complete transition to NCAA Division I sports.

Responsibility: Chancellor and Athletics Director

Source of Funds: Student athletics fee

Rationale: SIUE will be operating at the highest level in both the academic and athletics arenas as a fully mature university.

c. Send the annual Chancellor's Report to key constituencies to inform them of the University's advancement.

Responsibility: Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for University Relations

Source of Funds: Existing Funds

Rationale: Communicating University accomplishment is crucial to enhancing reputation.

d. Submit a reaccreditation self-study to the American Art Therapy Association and host a site visit.

Responsibility: Provost, Assistant Provost, CAS Dean, Department Chair, Program Director

Source of Funds: Existing funds

Rationale: To maintain the national reputation of the Art Therapy counseling program

e. Submit a reaccreditation self-study to the Council on Social Work Education and host a site visit.

Responsibility: Provost, Assistant Provost, CAS Dean, Department Chair, Program Director

Source of Funds: Existing funds

Rationale: To enhance the national reputation of the Social Work program

f. Achieve reaccreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music.

Responsibility: Provost, Assistant Provost, CAS Dean, Department Chair, Program Director

Source of Funds: Existing funds

Rationale: To enhance the national reputation of the Music program

g. Submit a reaccreditation self-study to the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and host a site visit.

Responsibility: Provost, Assistant Provost, CAS Dean, Department Chair, Program Director

Source of Funds: Existing funds

Rationale: To enhance the national reputation of the Public Administration and Policy Analysis program

h. Submit the application and self-study for reaccreditation to the National Association of Schools of Theatre and host a site visit.

Responsibility: Provost, Assistant Provost, CAS Dean, Department Chair, Program Director

Source of Funds: Existing funds

Rationale: To enhance the national reputation of the Theater program and attain reaccreditation

i. Submit a reaccreditation self-study to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International and host a site visit.

Responsibility: Provost, Assistant Provost, School of Business Dean, Department Chair, Program Director

Source of Funds: Existing funds

Rationale: To maintain the national reputation of the Business and Accounting programs

j. Submit a reaccreditation self-study to the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and host a site visit.

Responsibility: Provost, Assistant Provost, School of Education Dean, Department Chair, Program Director

Source of Funds: Existing funds

Rationale: To maintain the national reputation of the Speech, Language and Audiology program

k. Achieve reaccreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology: Computing Accreditation Commission.

Responsibility: Provost, Assistant Provost, School of Engineering Dean, Department Chair, Program Director

Source of Funds: Existing funds

Rationale: To enhance the national reputation of the Engineering programs

l. Achieve accreditation from the American Council for Construction Education.

Responsibility: Provost, Assistant Provost, School of Engineering Dean, Department Chair, Program Director

Source of Funds: Existing funds

Rationale: To enhance the national reputation of the Engineering programs

m. Achieve reaccreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Responsibility: Provost, Assistant Provost, School of Pharmacy Dean, Department Chair, Program Director

Source of Funds: Existing funds

Rationale: To enhance the national reputation of the Pharmacy program