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II. The Planning Context

IBHE Focus Statement for SIUE


In 1994, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) adopted a Focus Statement for each of the twelve public universities. These focus statements express the mission of each institution from the perspective of the Board of Higher Education, the state policy-making body for higher education. While developed prior to the Illinois Commitment, the Focus Statement remains the only IBHE statement specific to SIUE.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville serves traditional college-aged undergraduate students, with many commuting from the surrounding area, as well as older, part-time, and minority students. The campus offers a balance of instruction, research, and public service programs consonant with its role as the only public university in southwestern Illinois. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville also administers the School of Dental Medicine at Alton and operates a center in East St. Louis. In addition to pursuing statewide goals and priorities, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville:

  • offers undergraduate programs and master's programs encompassing instruction in the arts and sciences, education, social services, business, engineering, and the health professions in order to improve the quality of life, economy, health care, and environment in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area;

  • emphasizes graduate-level programs that prepare practitioners and professionals in those fields that are particularly relevant to addressing the social, economic, and health-care needs of the region;

  • focuses off-campus programs in southwestern Illinois, except in fields such as nursing in which the University is distinctly positioned to offer off-campus completion programs for the central and southern Illinois areas; addresses the need for dentists in the central and southern regions of the state through its School of Dental Medicine and addresses the need for pharmacists in the central and southern regions of the state through its School of Pharmacy.