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Need for Private Support

Today's students require access to academic and support services and a complete range of activities to complement traditional classroom learning.

Leadership Development serves a diverse student population by expanding opportunities for students through new programming such as:

  • weekend retreats
  • half-day seminars
  • day-long institutes

It is important that SIUE provide students with a variety of options to develop the leadership skills necessary to become future civic leaders and engaged citizens.

International student support through awards and scholarships is becoming increasingly important as SIUE strives to provide all students a global perspective. International students bring new and diverse perspectives and ideas to classroom discussions and provide all students opportunities to learn about different cultures outside of the classroom. The Study Abroad Program provides SIUE students the opportunity to gain a global perspective by studying and learning in an international environment.

The expansion of the Early Childhood Center will provide more space for non-traditional students to enroll their children in a safe and secure learning environment while meeting their own academic goals. While the expansion of the Early Childhood Center is a University priority, it is unlikely that Student Affairs will receive funding to completely furnish and equip the facility. Student Affairs seeks private support to provide the children with access to resources and equipment that are now considered standard in early childhood instruction, such as age-appropriate computer software programs and classroom equipment.

Student organizations and sports clubs are the foundation of a vibrant campus life. Students who participate in organizations and clubs learn valuable skills, which will benefit them in their future careers. For these groups to be successful, they need funds to sponsor events, travel to educational conferences and purchase necessary equipment. Private support will allow these students to be successful in their roles as campus leaders. State appropriations will not support these essential improvements.

The University cannot raise tuition and fees without reducing access to an SIUE education for students who need access the most. Only private gift support can provide the resources to enable Student Affairs to help students realize their full potential.