An Ascending Institution (2011-12), 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 � U.S. and International Centers � g institu0t1i1o1n An ascendin 2 -2 Online and Independent Study UIU stays the course of an ascending institution I am proud to report that much has happened at Upper Iowa University since publishing the first issue of "An Ascending Institution" one year ago. In May 2011, we announced the public phase of the first comprehensive capital campaign in the school's history, "Transforming UIU." The campaign goal is $25 million, which includes raising $18.1 million for capital projects; $3.4 million to enhance our endowment; $1.6 million for special projects; and $1.9 in unrestricted funding. During the quiet phase of the campaign, $7.4 million was raised. Concurrent to the public phase announcement, a $7.5 million gift by Steve and Diane Harms, both alumni of the Class of 1973, was also announced to renovate the University's football facilities. Then in September 2011, it was conversed that Emerita Trustee and alumna Betty Andres, '46, and the Andres Foundation committed $4 million to the campaign in support of capital projects. Alan G. Walker, Ph.D. President The Andres commitment resulted in a name change to UIU's Division of Education to the Andres School of Education that will be headed by a newly appointed dean, Dr. Gail Moorman Behrens. In 2011, two departments in the Andres School of Education were recognized for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission: the Upper Iowa University Teacher Education and Athletic Training Education programs. UIU's Team Peacock rode its seventh RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) to raise awareness and much needed money for scholarships. In 2011, Team Peacock reached a seven-year cumulative total of over $1 million dollars for student scholarships. I am most pleased to report, however, that at a time when many institutions have had to choose between sustaining/ growing enrollment and sustaining/improving the academic quality/credentials of their incoming classes, UIU has been able to accomplish both. In 2011, enrollment at UIU increased for the seventh consecutive year, spurred by increases at the Fayette campus and internationally. According to our fall data, UIU has also maintained continued movement in an eight-year trend (2004-11) for entering freshmen who have earned higher grade point averages in high school and who have higher ACT composite scores. As you will see from the pride points and data listed in this publication, there are many more reasons to be excited about being a part of Upper Iowa University's continuing ascension. Go Peacocks! 2 ission Our M Vision Our 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. 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. John'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. A second trip to Belize for spring 2012 is in the planning stages. 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 students--nationally and internationally--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. Independent Study (correspondence) program instituted 1972 Established 14 center locations in Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas 1984-2008 Established 1857 Upper Iowa University Fayette Campus Opened learning centers on military bases in Kansas and Louisiana 1993-2001 4 Opened UIU international sites in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia 1997-1999 To present In 2010, opened Fort Sill, OK, learning center and began largest capital improvement program in UIU history on Fayette campus. In 2011, the Quad Cities learning center opened; and the University launched its first-ever "Transforming UIU" capital campaign for $25 million. Online Program began 1999 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 veterans' benefits. Accreditation and Certification 5 and Ascending Exceptional Total Fall 2011 Undergraduate* Enrollment Online & Independent Study 1,170 (19%) Other 2,025 (28%) 17 Center Locations 3,093 (46%) Graduate Programs (All Modalities) 534 (7%) International Programs 1,073 (15%) Fayette Residential Campus ** 999 (13%) 6,822 Total *** [Fall 2011 Census] * Graduate students counted separately. ** Includes 36 ESL students. *** An estimated 2,000 more students will enroll before the end of the academic year due to UIU'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 UIU Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) reported that the average high school GPA for incoming UIU freshmen in 2004 averaged 2.73; in 2010 was 3.02; in fall 2011 rose to an average 3.11. The OIE reported the average ACT composite score for incoming UIU freshmen in 2004 averaged 20.23, with composite scores ranging from 13-28; in 2010, the average score was 20.48, with a range of 13-31. The range for 2011 is 14-34 and the average ACT composite score for UIU freshmen increased to 21.34, which means the average ACT composite score for our 2011 freshmen is higher than the national average of 21.1. 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] 6 New chief diversity officer position established in 2010 In November 2010, Dr. Adriel Hilton officially assumed the new and first-ever role of chief diversity officer for Upper Iowa University. "Upper Iowa University has a legacy of providing a rich and diverse learning environment for our students," stated President Alan G. Walker. "Given rapidly changing demographics and the socioeconomic needs and imperatives that will underpin our future as a society and as a nation, I am convinced that the willingness and ability of this institution to embrace diversity (at every level) will be important to the future of Upper Iowa University as a leader in higher education." Walker added, "It is in our strategic interest to do so. The literature is clear that diversity enhances student development and learning outcomes and thus serves as a means to further the goals of Upper Iowa University. It is also, on its own merits, quite simply, the right thing to do." Diversity: UIU celebrates 20 percent diversity among its student population. Per the 2011 fall enrollment, the UIU student body comes from 48 states (including the District of Columbia), Puerto Rico, and 39 foreign countries. The primary breakdown from the U.S. is as follows: Iowa (40%), Wisconsin (27%), Louisiana (8%), Illinois (5%), Kansas (5%), Minnesota (2%), California (1%) and Texas (1%), with other states accounting for the remaining (11%). Dr. Adriel A. Hilton, executive assistant to the president & chief diversity officer The UIU Student Activities Board (SAB) and UIU Student Government jointly received a 28th annual Governor's Award for serving as an Adopt-A-Highway sponsor. UIU's Kappa Zeta Tau sorority also received the Governor's Award for their community service. (2011) 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 76 full-time faculty and 445 adjunct faculty (431 Academic Extension, 14 Fayette campus) Nearly 70% of the faculty have doctorate degrees. 9 Recogniti plishments s and Accom on Secured membership and participation in the North Central Association's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) (2005) UIU-Waterloo Center received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) State Chairman's award (2008) Named to the Corporation for National Community Service President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2007, 2009) Upper Iowa University designated a "Top Military Friendly School" by Military Advanced Education magazine (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) Recipient of Governor's Volunteer Award (2007, 2010, two awards in 2011) Awarded NACMA/Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence � one of 18 winners from across the nation (2010) Awarded Duane Kramer Sports Tourism Award for hosting NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, IA (2008) The Division II Athletics Directors Association (DII ADA) honored 29 UIU student-athletes with the 2009-10 DII ADA Academic Achievement Award in recognition of their academic accomplishments. The NSIC Conference was represented by four member institutions: Upper Iowa University, U-Mary, Wayne State and Minnesota-Crookston, honoring a total of 127 student-athletes. Ranked in the top 15 percent of Military Friendly Schools according to G.I. Jobs magazine (2010, 2011) UIU President Alan G. Walker to serve as Chair of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2011-12) For a complete list of Upper Iowa University's recognitions and accomplishments, go to uiu.edu/aboutuiu/accomplishments. 10 The Upper Iowa University wrestling team earned a 4th place finish at the 2011 Nationals. Sophomore Trevor Franklin (right) earned an individual National Champion title at 125 lbs. Franklin becomes the 11th Upper Iowa wrestler to win a National Championship. Athletics: Upper Iowa University is the only NCAA Division II Athletic Program in Iowa and member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) 11 Students travel from across the nation to attend the annual May commencement held on the Fayette campus. Of the 1,500 who graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2011, over 600 walked in the traditional ceremony to receive their diploma in front of family, friends, faculty, and staff. and Vision Leadership Increased annual operating budget by 122% in eight years Since 2004, completed $52.3 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 (2011), as well as four additional locations in Malaysia. Increased size of unrestricted net assets of annual operating budget balances by 152%, from $20,422,304 (FY 03�04 year-end balance) to $51,456,399 (FY 10-11 year-end balance) 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. In 2011, UIU's "BBB+ Stable" rating was renewed. In July 2010, the University entered the public phase of its first-ever capital campaign, "Transforming UIU," with a 10year initiative goal of $25 million. As of September 2011, a total of $15.5 million had already been raised toward the $25 million goal. 1100 Fayette Campus-Only Growth Trend [TUHC 2011 Fall Census] * University-Wide Growth Trend 952 999 8000 7000 6000 5000 1000 [TUHC 2011 Fall Census] * 900 883 814 670 800 5576 5937 6362 6802 6822 700 4000 3000 2000 600 500 1000 0 400 2002/03 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2002/03 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 * TUHC = Total Unduplicated Headcount � � � Increased enrollment by 48% on the Fayette campus (since 2002) Increased overall University enrollment by 22% in five years (since 2002) Achieved an average annual enrollment growth rate of 20% for online degree programs (since 2006) 13 Planning for the future Academics Goals ectives nd Obj a 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. R 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. � Re � An � Bla � Ce 14 International Centers INTERNATIONAL CENTERS Hong Kong Center Malaysia Center RESIDENTIAL CAMPUS & 17 U.S. CENTERS Singapore Center Singapore Center esidential Campus - Fayette, IA � Des Moines Center - Des Moines, IA nkeny Center -Residential Campus Center - Elkhorn, WI Ankeny, IA � Elkhorn ackhawk Center - Janesville, WI � Ft Leavenworth Center - Ft Leavenworth, KS edar Rapids CenterFayette, IA IA � Ft Polk Center - Ft Polk, LA - Cedar Rapids, 16 Center ADD FT. Locations QUAD CITIES TO LIST TO MAKE 17!!!! SILL & Alexandria Center--Alexandria, LA Blackhawk Center--Janesville, WI Cedar Rapids Center--Cedar Rapids, IA Residential Campus Des Moines Center--West Des Moines, IA Elkhorn Center--Elkhorn, WI Ft. Leavenworth Center--Ft. Leavenworth, KS Ft. Polk Center--Ft. Polk, LA Ft. Riley Center--Ft. Riley, KS � Prairie du Chien Center - Prairie du Chien � Ft Riley Center - Ft Riley, KS � Alexandria CenterCenter--Ft. Sill, OK� Rockford Center - Rockford, IL - Alexandria, LA Ft. Sill � WI � Madison Madison Center--Madison, Waterloo Center - Waterloo, IA Center - Madison, WI � Wausau Center - Wausau, WI � Milwaukee Center - Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Center--Milwaukee, WI Prairie du Chien Center--Prairie du Chien, WI Quad Cities Center--Bettendorf, IA Rockford Center--Rockford, IL Waterloo Center--Waterloo, IA Wausau Center--Wausau, WI Online Program Independent Study Program Established in 1857� www.uiu.edu 605 Washington Street � Fayette, IA 52142 � 800-553-4150