An Ascending Institution, Upper Iowa University
Upper Iowa University invites you to read this synopsis of who we are as an ascending institution of higher education. Established in 1857 as a four-year, private residential liberal arts college situated in northeast Iowa, we have grown into a multi-dimensional university that includes both U.S. and international centers, as well as a robust distance education and award-winning online program.
Est. 1857 Upper Iowa University Residential Campus â€˘ n o i t u t i t s n i g An ascendin U.S. and International Centers â€˘ Online and Independent Study Upper Iowa University: Thinking Strategically In difficult economic times, constituents—parents, prospective students, alums, legislators—develop more discriminating expectations of the worth, usefulness, and importance of a college degree; and they judge institutions on the basis of cost and quality. In a word, it’s all about value. Therefore, the message to these constituents must be simple and clear, and it must match expectations for high-quality education at a reasonable cost, as well as a promise to improve lives and the human social condition of our increasingly complex, competitive, and ever-changing world. Alan G. Walker, Ph.D. President With uneasy economic times, many institutions are receding, some are maintaining, and a few are ascending. Upper Iowa is one of those few ascending institutions, due in large part because it has never depended on a large traditional endowment for support of its operating budget. UIU has a seven-figure cash reserve and an extensive academic extension system, which includes centers in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia, as well as robust online and independent study programs. The annual revenue generated by the University is roughly the equivalent of a $125–150 million endowment. Our strategy is to grow our nontraditional endowment, as well as our traditional one, by continuing to make strategic investments of our Academic Extension system into new markets in the United States, abroad and online, as well as investments on our principal campus here in Fayette. An important component of Upper Iowa’s strategic plan includes the recent update to the University’s facilities master plan for the Fayette campus, the centerpiece of which is the historic $75 million building project currently underway. Upper Iowa University is an ascending institution thanks to the forward thinking of a strong Board of Trustees and the many loyal alumni benefactors and sponsors. Our promise is that with the growth of the student body will come additional professors, academic buildings, and a variety of learning modalities so as not to sacrifice the quality of education at Upper Iowa. Our commitment is and always will be to our students and alumni, who are earning or have earned an Upper Iowa University degree—something they can be proud of. Sincerely, 2 n o i s s i Our M Upper Iowa University provides student-centered undergraduate and graduate educational programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems in an environment in which diversity is respected, encouraged, and nurtured. n o i s i V Our Upper Iowa University will be recognized and respected as an exceptional and ascending institution of higher learning, developing global citizens who become lifelong learners prepared for leadership within society. The 2010 annual Alternative Spring Break trip took our students to Belize. The Upper Iowa group met up with representatives of St. Johnâ€™s College in Belize City, a partner college of UIU, to do community service work in the village of Rancho Dolores. The group helped repair and paint a local school and its outbuildings, install room partitions, repair plumbing, and rebuild outside volleyball and basketball courts. Our History Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to over 6,800 studentsâ€”nationally and internationallyâ€”at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. 1972 Independent Study (correspondence) program instituted 1984-2008 Established 14 center locations in Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas 1993-2001 Opened learning centers on military bases in Kansas and Louisiana Established 1857 Upper Iowa University Fayette Campus 4 1997-1999 Opened UIU international sites in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia To present In 2010, opened Oklahoma learning center (Fort Sill) and began a $75 million capital improvement project (largest in Universityâ€™s history) on the Fayette campus. Quad Cities learning center to open January 2011. 1999 Online Program began Accreditation and Certification Upper Iowa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org) and is approved by the Louisiana Higher Education Board, the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, and the Iowa Department of Education (for teacher education in Iowa only). The programs offered are approved by the states of Iowa, Kansas (restricted), Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin for veteransâ€™ benefits. 5 g n i d n e c s A d n Exceptional a Total Fall 2010 Undergraduate* Enrollment Online & Independent Study 1,306, 19% Graduate Programs (All Modalities) 499, 7% Other, 1,938, 28% International Programs, 1,024, 15% Fayette Residential Campus ** 914, 13% 17 Center Locations 3,059, 46% 6,802 Total *** [Fall 2010 Census] * Graduate students counted separately. ** Includes 37 ESL students. *** An estimated 2,000 more students will enroll before the end of the academic year due to UIUâ€™s six enrollment periods. Unique Balance of Learning: Offering two full-credit courses at a time in four eight-week terms Academics: Offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees, with more than 40 majors to choose from. The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) program has shown Upper Iowa among the top 25% of colleges nationally for enhancing student learning every year since 2006. Financial Aid/Scholarships: UIU offers competitive merit scholarships and financial aid packages, enabling our students to graduate with less debt than any other private institution in the State of Iowa. [Source: Iowa Student Aid Commission 2008] Athletics: The only NCAA Division II Athletic Program in Iowa and member of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Diversity: Upper Iowa University celebrates 20 percent diversity among its student population. 6 Per the 2010 fall enrollment, the UIU student body comes from 48 states (including the District of Columbia), Puerto Rico, and 34 foreign countries. The primary breakdown from the U.S. is as follows: Iowa (41%), Wisconsin (28%), Louisiana (6%), Illinois (5%), Kansas (5%), Minnesota (2%), California (1%) and Texas (1%), with other states accounting for the remaining (11%). Upper Iowa University received two Governorâ€™s Volunteer Awards in 2007 and 2010. The 2010 award was given to the UIU womenâ€™s softball team for 10 consecutive years as an Adopt-A-Highway sponsor. They were nominated by the Iowa Department of Transportation. Academics The UIU Academic Strategy is Constantly Evolving As UIU becomes more globally focused, with multiple learning modalities and sites, its academic strategy is broadened to be more inclusive and encompassing to keep pace with change and to comply with accreditation requirements. Eight Core Values of the UIU Academic Strategy 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Academic quality and a positive student experience Willingness to help students succeed and respect for people and diversity Emphasizing core competencies and synergies whenever feasible Coordinating all academic programs through the Academic Divisional Structure All full-time faculty are part of the Divisional Structure, enjoy academic freedom, and receive faculty development support through Academic Affairs. 6. Continuous improvement, especially in regard to faculty, facilities, and academic programs is requisite. 7. Students enjoy a consistent level of academic experience, regardless of modality or location. 8. Academic programs must be consistently reviewed and updated to assure student satisfaction. Faculty Profile • 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio • 75 full-time faculty and 400 adjunct faculty (387 Academic Extension, 13 Fayette campus) • Nearly 71% of the faculty have doctorate degrees. 9 s t n e m h s i l p m o c c A d n a ns Recognitio Joined the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) program, which has shown Upper Iowa to be among the top 25% of colleges nationally for enhancing student learning every year since 2006 Secured membership and participation in the North Central Association’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) (2005) Named to the Corporation for National Community Service President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2007, 2009) Recipient of Governor’s Volunteer Award (2007, 2010) Awarded NACMA/Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence – one of 18 winners from across the nation (2010) UIU-Waterloo Center received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) State Chairman’s award (2008). Upper Iowa University designated a “Top Military Friendly School” by Military Advanced Education magazine in 2008 and 2009, one of 60 colleges receiving such a distinction. Ranked in the top 15 percent of Military Friendly Schools in 2010 and 2011according to G.I. Jobs magazine For a complete list of Upper Iowa University’s recognitions and accomplishments, go to uiu.edu/aboutuiu/accomplishments. 10 In 2010, the Upper Iowa wrestling team claimed its third Northern Sun Conference Championship in the last four seasons. NSIC Commissioner Butch Raymond presented the trophy to team members Travis Eggers and Mitch Norton. Eggers won a 2010 National Champion title in the 165 lb. weight class, NSIC Wrestler of the Year, and both Eggers and Norton earned NSIC All-Conference first team honors. The team placed third at the 2010 NCAA D-II National Championships to garner a team trophyâ€”the first ever NCAA Championship team trophy earned by a UIU athletic team since joining D-II. 11 Students travel from across the nation to attend the annual May commencement held on the Fayette campus. Of the 1,200 who graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2010, over 600 walked in the traditional ceremony to receive their diploma in front of family, friends, faculty, and staff. n o i s i V d n a p Leadershi Since 2004, completed $17.3 million in capital improvements and opened four (4) new educational centers in the U.S.: Cedar Rapids, IA (2008); Rockford, IL (2008); Fort Sill, OK (2010); and Quad Cities, IA (January 2011), as well as four additional locations in Malaysia. Increased size of unrestricted net assets of annual operating budget balances by 64%, from $20,422,304 (FY 03–04 year-end balance) to $33,545,048 (FY 09–10 year-end balance) Increased annual operating budget by 73% in seven years In 2008, the UIU Board of Trustees approved a facilities master plan that resulted in implementation of an additional $75 million in capital improvements as part of the new five-year strategic plan. In 2009, the largest capital improvement project in the University’s history (Phase I), began on the Fayette Campus, which includes a new Liberal Arts building, student suite-style housing, and student center. In 2010, UIU earned its first-ever bond rating of “BBB+ Stable” by Fitch Ratings at a time when many other colleges and universities were being downgraded. 950 Fayette Campus-Only Growth Trend [TUHC 2010 Fall Census] * 900 850 814 670 883 950 952 903 850 6362 6802 903 814 750 750 696 696 700 670 +3.88% 650 600 5576 5937 814 800 670 [TUHC 2010 Fall Census] * 900 800 700 University-Wide Growth Trend +3.88% 650 2002/03 2008/09 2009/10 600 2010/11 2002/03 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 * TUHC = Total Unduplicated Headcount • • • Increased enrollment by 30% on the Fayette campus (since 2002) Increased overall University enrollment by 18% in five years (since 2002) Achieved an average annual enrollment growth rate of 23% for online degree programs over the past five years 13 s e v i t c e j b O d n a Planning for the future Academics Goals UIU will dedicate its resources to the preparation of students for life-long, meaningful participation in a society that is increasingly globalized. UIU will be seen to act as 21st Century stewards of its students’ futures, and it will do this through the delivery of educational outcomes that are uniquely defined by UIU. Global Citizenship UIU students will have been stimulated by and will benefit from educational experiences on a flat global campus with access to a wide variety of educational modalities that nurture and encourage their potential as global citizens. Continued Improvements Accomplishing this transformation will require an investment in incremental programs and in the addition of people to the UIU organization. The plan also identifies the need for new construction funding. There is and will be an ongoing need for staging new commitments through a process that carefully sets priorities and then constantly challenges those judgments based on funding realities. Commitment The current five-year plan will not be the end of UIU’s strategic planning, but the beginning of a new commitment to continuous strategic planning. The current strategic plan is about what policies, practices, programs, and resources it will take for UIU to achieve its transformational vision of the future. The current strategic plan becomes the template for clarity of responsibilities, unambiguous accountability, and fair and objective measurements of performance. 14 R • Re • An • Bla • Ce International Centers INTERNATIONAL CENTERS Hong Kong Center Malaysia Center RESIDENTIAL CAMPUS & 17 U.S. CENTERS esidential Campus - Fayette, IA • Des Moines Center - Des Moines, IA nkeny Center -Residential Ankeny, IA • Elkhorn Center - Elkhorn, WI Campus ackhawk Center - Janesville, WI • Ft Leavenworth Center - Ft Leavenworth, KS IA IA edar Rapids CenterFayette, - Cedar Rapids, • Ft Polk Center - Ft Polk, LA Singapore Center Singapore Center • Prairie du Chien Center - Prairie du Chien • Ft Riley Center - Ft Riley, KS Rockford Center - Rockford, IL • Alexandria Center Alexandria, LA Ft. Riley Center—Ft. Riley,• KS • • Madison Ft. Center Madison, WI Sill Center—Ft. Sill, OK Waterloo Center - Waterloo, IA • Wausau Center - Wausau, WI • Milwaukee Center WI Madison- Milwaukee, Center—Madison, WI Milwaukee Center—Milwaukee, WI Prairie du Chien Center—Prairie du Chien, WI Quad Cities Center -- To open January 2011 Rockford Center—Rockford, IL Waterloo Center—Waterloo, IA Wausau Center—Wausau, WI 17 Center Locations ADD FT. SILL & QUAD CITIES TO LIST TO MAKE 17!!!! Alexandria Center—Alexandria, LA Ankeny Center—Ankeny, IA Blackhawk Center—Janesville, WI Residential Campus Cedar Rapids Center—Cedar Rapids, IA Des Moines Center—Des Moines, IA Elkhorn Center—Elkhorn, WI Ft. Leavenworth Center—Ft. Leavenworth, KS Ft. Polk Center—Ft. Polk, LA Online Program Independent Study Program Established in 1857® www.uiu.edu 605 Washington Street • Fayette, IA 52142 • 800-553-4150