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SIU: A Synopsis


Southern Illinois University is a multi-campus university comprising two institutions, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), with a School of Medicine at Springfield, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), with a School of Dental Medicine at Alton and a Higher Education Center in East St. Louis.

The University, with an annual operating budget of more than $880 million in FY12, enrolls nearly 33,000 students in programs from two-year technical curricula to Ph.D. programs in a variety of fields including law, medicine, and dental medicine.  SIU was chartered in 1869 as Southern Illinois Normal University, a teachers college.  In 1947, the name was changed to Southern Illinois University, reflecting the institution’s academic expansion.  The University also expanded geographically.  In 1949, SIU began offering off-campus academic courses in the metropolitan East St. Louis area, which led to the eventual development of a separate institution in Edwardsville.

A modern and comprehensive post-secondary educational institution, Southern Illinois University offers a broad range of academic programs that lead to Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s, Specialist’s, Doctoral, and Professional degrees.  The instructional, research, and service missions of the two constituent institutions reflect the needs of the geographic areas in which they are located.  The University also is committed to serving statewide needs.  This commitment is reflected in educational activities located off the main campuses in communities throughout the state.  It is realized also through research and training exchanges and through world-wide student exchange programs.

A nine-member Board of Trustees governs Southern Illinois University and sets policy that enables the University to carry out established missions and goals.  The President of Southern Illinois University is its chief executive officer and reports to the Board of Trustees.  The University Chancellors report to the President and are responsible for the internal operations of SIUE and SIUC, respectively.