The UNIVERSITY Of CENTRAL INDIANA
Excelling Through Service
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The Essentials: Table of Contents
Community Our City Snapshots of Our Campus Residence Life Service Why Service/Service Learning? Academic Curriculum/Majors Library
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The UCI Guarantee Admissions Process Financing your experience
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Exploration Adult Learners Student Activities Athletics Collaboration Fulfilling our Promise Collaboration The Essentials
Our City: Indianapolis
A thriving hip, world-class city, where you can have culture, art, music, and sports right at your doorstep. Where you can get the feel of the big city, while still feeling right at home. Indianapolis will open the doors and show some Indiana hospitality. 10
The Snapshots: Our Campus
The University of Central Indiana seeks to prepare a diverse student body for a life of service, continuous exploration of local community and world, through connections to the campus, academic studies, student activities, and city of Indianapolis.
History: Established: 1925 Motto: Excellence through service Established through a grateful gift from the mayor, the University of Central Indiana began as a place for our city’s sons and daughters to receive a quality education. By the early 1960’s, the university’s officials saw that there was a need for outreach. Well ahead of the curve, UCI has been a place of service and community for several decades. You will find that service is an essential part of this university experience. Now, with state-of-the-art facilities and technology, we have emerged as one of the most relevant and up-to-date institutions. We are leading the city and country with preparing our students to become dynamic and thoughtful leaders.
Location: Th south side of Indianapolis. A campus where you can walk anywhere within 10-15 min. Student Life: Nearly 2,200 choose residential housing all four years Student-Faculty Ratio: 10:1 Academic Majors: 40 School Colors: Light Blue & Silver Team Name: Flashes Size: 3,000 undergraduate students, 700 graduate/professional students Student body demographics: 30% of the entering class are students of color, 81% of students are financial-aid recipients Gender: 60% Female, 40% Male
Residence Life Our Residence Halls and Community Connections •Yzerman Hall •Howe Hall •Lindsay Hall •Abel Hall •Murphy Hall •Holmstrom Hall •Osgood Hall •Helm Hall •Franzen Hall •Draper Hall
Art Museum United Way Humane Shelter Make a Wish United Way Humane Shelter Red Cross Habitat For Humanity Soup Kitchen Children’s Museum
Service-Oriented The staff is encouraged to use the hall partnerships to have a consistent connection through hall programming.6 At least once a month, the halls work with the community partners. Living-Learning Communities So what is a living-learning community? This means that the place you live has a connection to the academic classroom. Whether it is a faculty member hosting dinner, living with people of your same major, or having programming structured around your academic interest, a livinglearning community enhances the out-ofclassroom experience .
Student housing at the University of Central Indiana is maintained by the Office of Residence Life. Housing options for the university include 10 different residence 12 halls and a student village in the city for students in their final two years. Out of the 3,000 students, 2,200 choose to live in the residence halls all four years while the others choose to live in the student village. Each resident hall room is furnished with beds, drawers, closets, desks, chairs, and internet. The floors each have a kitchen and study lounge. Pool, darts, ski-ball, and video games are just some of the features of each hall. A handful of halls have dining facilities that cater to the whole community. Development activities are meant to bring together floors and classmates in formalized, fun events that are planned and implemented by residence life staff. 5 Each month is themed and activities have ranged from capture the flag, salsa dancing, first-aid skills, or pet-stress relief night. Signature Large Programs *Welcome Back Festival
*Friday Night Flicks
* Wii Tournament
* Autumn Nights
A living-learning community can help foster strong connections between you and the faculty. More importantly, it allows you to get plugged into the university.4
Examples: *Green Zone * Writers Block * Artists’ Village
A Lively & Thriving Campus
“The Office of Residence Life seeks to provide quality and comfortable housing that allows students to develop through living-learning communities, service, and development activities.” 7
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A Life In The City
“A home amongst the city” That is what one student described the student village experience as. Each semester, students can apply to be a part of this community. Located in the heart of Indianapolis, you can take a quick 10-15 min. ride through the university transportation system to arrive at the UCI. This is a popular option for students who are participating in off-campus work, internships, and as senior and junior housing options. 8 The Village offers you a chance to experience a large city with the comfort of easily finding roommates, programming to fit your lifestyle, and access to all the fun events in the surrounding area.
“The Village offered me a chance to experience big city living. Completely independent, Each apartment consists of 2-3 rooms, full kitchen, full bathroom, I can feel myself growing as a and living room. Coming student and adult” fully furnished with cable and internet, you can find the village as easy and convenient off-campus housing option.
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Examples of Programs: *Duck-Pin Bowling *Colts Sunday *City Scavenger Hunt
*Indiana Ice Night *The Village Voice
James Franklin A typical Friday night, consist of finishing work at the local diner, catching a Pacers game, and 16 hanging with friends downtown after. Thatʼs city life! Shannon Rush 17
The Village has everything I need. A laundry room, computer lab, and study spaces make it a great choice.
*Internship Fair *Free-Trade Bazaar
The Village Outreach was a program started in 2003 as part of contract for the each student to participate in service once a month. Since everyone is involved with service, the Village Outreach has a committee of students who plan monthly service events and initiatives for students each semester. Programs have ranged from the 5K Fun Run Panda Fundraiser, Green Week for recycling, and Operation Christmas Child. The Office of Residence Life has a graduate assistant within the village who is in charge of advising this program. Of the 400 students who live in the Student Village, there has been a record of 98% participation in service programs with an average of over 2,000 hours of community service per semester.9 8
Civic Engagement: A Daily Occurrence So Why Service? Service, a core value of the university is displayed in both the realms of academia and student affairs initiatives. Each department of the university has the responsible to promote and set the example of the engaged citizen.
The University of Central Indiana sees itself as part of the greater Indianapolis community and works tirelessly to create and maintain quality community partnerships. UCI recognizes that service is becoming one of the most talked about topics within higher education and has worked to create an experience where civic engagement is a signature aspect of university life. 10 18 Service at UCI is thought of not only as improving the community around the university but having you become an engaged, intelligent citizen who works to understand the conditions and factors that lead to service. Service participation is known to have positive effects on life skills such as leadership, critical thinking, and conflict resolution.11 UCI understands the need to create a lasting and sustainable urge to continue service post graduate.12 Our staff and faculty is comfortable with the fact that there are “multiple models of engaged citizenship” and we are committed on create experiences that are varied and fit the needs of the traditional and nontraditional student population. 13
Community Action Day
Take Action Speakers Series
Happening every third Thursday of the month in the afternoon. You are dismissed from classes at noon and have a chance to use the day to engage in service activities. This day is meant to create personal responsibility and celebrate the ability to give back to others.14
Each month, we bring dynamic speakers once for students, faculty, and staff to learn about an individual who has made a direct impact on their community. 15
Organizations and departments regularly anticipate high turn out so finding an opportunity is not hard to find. Transportation and lunches are provided by the university too. Examples of service projects have included serving at soup kitchens, youth after-school programs, road clean up and more.
Past 08-09 speakers have included Senator Evan Bayh, Peyton Manning, United Way Director Allen Quick, & Indianapolis Art Museum Director Maxwell Anderson. “Fantastic” Jamie McLynn 09’ “Fun! Who knew speakers could be so cool” Daniel Finn 12’ The program is run in collaboration with the Office of Student Activities , the Office of Service-Learning, and the Office Student Success.
Service-Learning The Bonner Scholars is a four-year scholarship program that centers on working with students who want to bring positive charge through service to their local and national community. 22
A new-global curriculum
Service Learning? Never heard of it? You will. At University of Central Indiana, service-learning is a premier program of the academic curriculum. Service-learning is more than a class, it’s taking that knowledge you learn and using it towards providing a service to the community. You will get a chance to learn both inside the classroom and out.16
Each year, UCI offers up to 15 four-year service scholarships to incoming firstyear students. The scholars, if successful With over 65% of the classes having a service-learning with requirements, can earn up to component, the university highlights this as a part of the $18,000 over the four years. 23 curriculum that can be one of the most beneficial experiences of a students’ college career.
The program is run through the Office of Service-Learning and students have expectations they need to complete in order to become an active part of the program. These standards include the following:18 * Students are required to complete 120 hours of service per semester and over 280 hours of community service over two summers.18 * Carry out a team based service project twice a semester. 19 * Be a part of orientation and active promotion of the Office of ServiceLearning through presentations and workshops.20 * Participation in weekly meetings, oneon-ones, and retreats. 21 For more information go to: www.uci.edu/bonners
Service-learning has been tied to positive effects such as improved writing skills, broadening your horizons, better course understanding, creating close bonds, and fostering personal growth.17 Some examples of service learning programs are : *Theatre 250, where you work with the Indianapolis Repertoire Theatre to develop a program for children to learn about theatre basics. * Art History 250 in connection with the IMA and St. Vincent’s Nursing Home, the class focuses on you giving tours of 10 paintings to educate residents. * Biology 200 and the Carmel Water Treatment Plant allows you to analyze water sample for quality and impurity issues.
“94% of our students participate in service” 2009 State of the University Address 9
“I never knew I could be so involved in school or the community” Rachel Sanchez 20 19
A Day in the Life
“Service. What a great part of my day!”-Jenny Jackson
8:00 A.M. Wake Up
9:00 A.M. Biology: Service-Learning Component Testing water samples for Indianapolis Water Company 10:30 A.M. Non-Profits 250: Service-Learning Component Creating advertising material for local womenʼs shelter 12:30 P.M. Trip to Indiana Soup Kitchen for Community Action Day 4:00 P.M. Study in the Library
Name: Jenny Jackson Hometown: Carmel, Indiana Class: Junior Major: Non-Profit Management Each day, service is an integrated part of Jenny’s day. “The best part of UCI is that I’m provided with opportunities to give back”. Whether it’s in the classroom or on her own, by being an active part of the community, Jenny has gained many different skills. “Time management and communication are two key components that I have acquired through schooling and the organizations I participate in, both skills are invaluable.”
6:00 P.M. Dinner in Franzen 7:00 P.M. Habitat for Humanity Meeting 8:30 P.M. Hang out with Friends 10:30 PM Study in her suite 1:00 A.M. Bed
The Academics Our Majors 24 Accounting Art * % Biology Broadcasting and Journalism Business Administration * % Chemistry * Communication Criminal Justice Dietetics Economics Education * % English Environmental Science * % Fashion * Food and Nutrition Health, Physical, Recreation & Education History Information Technology Interior Decoration International Business * % Leadership Studies * % Marketing * Mathematics Music Non-Profit Management * % Organizational Management * Physics Pre-Medicine Political Science * % Psychology Public Relations * Recreation Management * % Religion Social Studies Social Work * % Spanish Sports Management Theatre * Women’s Studies Writing *Denotes Master’s Degree %Denotes Doctorate Degree
A Combination: Old & New
The University of Central Indiana offers 40 bachelors, 15 master’s, and 10 doctoral degrees in six academic colleges. The general education courses include a small number of courses that are used as introductions to a core group of essential skills that can be built upon your entire college career.25 Each course is out of the six academic departments which allows for students to become familiar with all angles of the university. These courses are required to be completed by the end of the first semester of a student’s second year. 26 First-Year Seminar Integrated Arts Applied Math
Effective Communication Historical and Cultural Perspectives Science Course of Your Choice
First-Year Seminar (FYS) is a required first-year course for all students. The class centers on the mission and values of the university along with a heavy devotion to participating in the local Indianapolis community with an introduction for student affairs and support services. FYS takes place of an English course due to the emphasis on that subject in the class. First-Year Seminar allows for you to get a balanced orientation to the university without feeling rushed. 27 First-year courses are proven to improve retention, grades, and student satisfaction. 28 Our Curriculum Each major as a basic amount of non-major and major courses you need to take. When to take them is up to you and an advisor will assist you when needed.
The Michael G. Johnson Library
More than just books, Johnson Library creates an environment ideal for learning. Eat, study, plan your career; the library, a place to explore. 25
The Office of Student Success is comprised of the learning center, internship and work program, study abroad resources, and careers and academic development offices. The office seeks to provide students with a core foundation of relational, academic, and life skills to make them successful during and after the college experience. 29 Housed in the library, each part of the office is on the main floor of the library. Signature programs include The Internship Fair, Study Abroad seminars, Careers Night, and Sunday Study Party.
Fast Facts about Johnson Library Books: We have over 1 000 000 of them. Computers: Labs of over 100 computers are located on all three floors. The library is completely wireless, so study from just about anywhere. Have a craving for a snack, THE LOUNGE offers coffee, sandwiches, yogurts, small snacks and more to give your body the energy it needs for studying. 30 Study rooms, approximately 30 small and large study rooms are available for rent for student groups or to work on projects.
The Learning Center (LC) If you need extra help or just need to brush up on basic skills, then use the LC. Faculty, staff, and students act as tutors so there is ample amounts of help. The LC is one of the most used facilities on campus because it not only helps you with classes but with life. Learn how to balance a checkbook, etiquette dinners in collaboration with the career office, and study parties with all the food and drinks you need, is just a part of making you feel comfortable with getting help.31 1
A Changing Demographic: Adult-Learners 26
SPOTLIGHT Through a collaborative effort of student affairs and academics, the University of Central Indiana is striving to provide accessible facilities, engaging classes, and a strong supportive environment for new learners to thrive. No matter the age, race, or role, a student may play. Bringing Coursework to you
Why adult learners?
Indianapolis is a dynamic and progressive city that has many built-in locations where adult learners are already comfortable with. These include surrounding elementary and high schools, churches, community agencies, and recreation centers.
The University of Central Indiana has recognized over the past two decades that the emergence of non-traditional students in higher education has had a direct impact on the local economy and the purpose of the institution. The location and progressive mission has made UCI an ideal place to serve the rising demographic of adult learners in Central Indiana.33
At UCI, we use these place to ensure adult learners have multiple chances to take a variety of coursework across the city. 32
â€œSome are mothers, fathers, nurses, teachers, but all can be students, and it is the role of the university to make it as assessable as possible.â€? President Martinez
A Cohort Philosophy
Due to the rising population of adult learners at the University of Central Indiana, within each department, a cohort of first-time adult learners is constructed. Each group works with a list of faculty and staff who fit the schedule of the adult student. This cohort system allows for students to have a clear orientation program and can be easily tracked within the university. 34
All in the Family The Off-Campus Orientation program for adult and non-traditional students is run through the Office of the Dean of Students. Adults are encouraged to bring their family on a tour-style presentation of the university that shows the types of facilities that adult learners are likely to access. The orientation is meant to not only give students a good idea of the expectations and procedure but also give families clues to about how much time school takes up and what environment is needed for success.35 A panel of current non-traditional/adult students is planned within the orientation session to give students and families a time to ask questions.
Creating Comfort and Easy Transitions:Adult-Learners Carnival
This annual event is fun for the whole family! Two nights in the fall of carnival games, balloons, and rides. 36
A weeklong program of events which includes door prizes, raffles, and bingos based on your schedule and location. Organizations for U *Seats on Student Senate *The Adult Learners Organization *Non-Traditional Student Mentors 37
The Office of Student Activities and the Office of Multicultural Affairs works within the programs they have to find opportunities for non-traditional students to take part in the university experience. This program aims to access both the student population and local community and is marketed as a community event. Each programs aim to provide adult students with voice, programming, and orientation to the university. The Office of Student Activities works with the departmental cohorts to provide constant communication of university program and encourages advisor and cohort heads to come out and support these events. The Office of Service-Learning works within the community to establish community partnerships throughout the city of Indianapolis to provide students both traditional and non-traditional with access to a variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities. The Office of Service-Learning provides a few signature opportunities for both families and traditional students to participate. These include In the Neighborhood, a cleanup program in collaboration with local neighborhoods, community leaders, and church officials to come together September-November and March-May in monthly clean up initiatives. The Office of Residence Life Need to use the university services or canâ€™t make it home due to bad weather? Day Stays and Week Stays available for adult learners. Book online or through the office. 38 Family Units available if needed. The William F. Cafferty Student Center *Extended Hours 39 *Free Storage Lockers 41
*Child Care offered each day from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. 40 * Extended cafeteria hours and flex-plan food options 42
A Day in the Life
7:00 A.M. Wake Up 8:00 A.M. Work 12:30 P.M. Drop of Kids in Student Center Child Care Class 2:30 PM Class 4:30 P.M. Dinner with Kids 5:30 P.M. Library Kids to Game Night in Student Center 7:00 P.M. Home 10:00 P.M. Bed
Recruitment and Retention in Higher Education state that “location and schedule” are the two most important needs of a successful program when adult learners come back to college. UCI tries to live by these two pillars when helping adult students.43 Name: Amy Miller Hometown:Indianapolis, IN Class: Part-Time Commuter Student Major: Elementary Education
As Amy tried to go back to school, she realized alot of things have changed. Books, computers, lecture styles seemed to be all different. She picked UCI because it helped her with her needs. She is with a group of older students, has child care for her kids, and feel comfortable with the programming. “UCI is a great place, it offers flexibility and has everything I need to succeed.”
Student Life at UCI The Office of Student Activities seeks to provide opportunities for growth and leadership through intentional programming, development programs, and student organizations. 44
Student Life at UCI is a dynamic, fun-filled environment, where you have everything from bowling to volunteering. Currently, the university has over 40 different organizations, 3 honor societies, 3 leadership development programs, and 1 university programming board.
Student Activities at UCI 45 Clubs & Student Organizations Art Club Design Board Educator始s Today Running Association Music Educators Club Investment Club FCS Association Psychology Club Recreation Club Science Club Sport Management Club Hall Association Cafferty Programming Board Student Government Fellowship of Christian Athletes Campus Crusade for Christ PRIDE NAACP (Student Chapter)
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer NOW! Impact UCI Latinos College Republicans Young Democrats Dance Team Student Alumni Association Radio 93.1 Newspaper Ultimate Frisbee Indiana Society Spanish Club American Red Cross Collegiate 4-H Dance Marathon Muslim Student Association Computer Club Environments Bob DeBard Fan Club Young Life
Performing Arts University Orchestra University Bands University Choirs Opera Singers Arts Today Honor Societies Indiana Sagamore Society Alpha Lambda Delta Golden Key Leadership Development LEAD Program Multicultural Mentors Modern Athletes
The William F. Cafferty Student Center The Office of Service-Learning provides curricular and co-curricular opportunities that allow students to develop responsibility, empathy, and civic-minded students. 46 Signature programs of the office include service-learning resources, the Bonner Scholars, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, America Reads, alternative breaks, Habitat for Humanity, and nonprofit placements. 47, 48
The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides student support services for underrepresented populations of the university. The office is an advocate for all students but focuses on minority groups, GLBTQ advocacy and training, and social justice issues. 49 Signature programs of the office include Diversity Dialogues, PRIDE parade, major cultural festivals, and the peer mentorship program.
The Office of the Dean of Students main responsibility is student conduct, law, and advocacy. The office handles disciplinary cases, legal issues, and a place for students to have conversations concerning university activities and policies. Signature programs include Alcohol Awareness Week, Know Your Rights Night, and lunch forums with the Dean.
All participation in university programming, student organizations, service and leadership are all optional for students. But through FYS, residence life, and a close knit community of motivated individuals, participation in student life and/or non-credit academic activities is 98%.
A Day in the Life
8:00 A.M. Wake Up 9:00 A.M. Work out 10:00 A.M. POLSCI 205: Political Science 11:30 P.M. MUS 200 History of American Music 12:30 P.M. Lunch 1:30 P.M. SCI 305: Biology Lab 2:30 P.M. Library to Study 4:30 P.M. Student Senate 6:00 P.M. Dinner 7:00 P.M. PRIDE 8:30 P.M. Study in library
“The student body is diverse, in language, culture, interest, and strengths, that what makes UCI so great. They take everyone here and we work to do good for ourselves and the community”-Vance Ranford Name: Vance Ranford Hometown: Melbourne, AU Class: Junior (International Student) Major:Political Science Professors and staff describe Vance as curious and a strong leader. Vance says, “I like to work with different groups of people”, and “that UCI has provided me opportunities to be a part of a community and learn to lead.” As a senator for the student body he makes sure he always keeps a listening ear open to current issues.
10:00 P.M. Hanging with friends then Bed
The Student Athlete: Mind, Body, Soul
Just as important to your studies is your mental health. Fitness is just one way to destress during your day. Take a swim, run, jump, or dunk as we offer you a wide variety of intramural and Division II sports. As part of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, we take pride in being a consistent winner inside the classroom and out. 50 Fitness Centers are located in Franzen, Yzerman, and Holmstrom Hall and The Ken Holland Fitness Center on West Campus. Intramural Sports include football, softball, baseball, soccer and more... NCAA Division II Intercollegiate Athletics
Name: Chad Johnson Hometown: Kokomo, IN Class: Junior Major: Business Administration
Baseball Basketball Cross-Country Golf Track Soccer Tennis Volleyball Football 40
Softball Basketball Cross-Country Golf Track Soccer Tennis Volleyball Lacrosse
Even during the most stressful times, Chad Johnson sets aside time to work out on campus. “Itʼs important to maintain a healthy schedule and exercise is an essential part of my day.”
A Day in the Life Name: Colby McAllister Hometown: Dublin, OH Class: Sophomore Major: Elementary Education Each day, Colby works out on the tennis courts getting ready for the next match. “I love the competition and being a part of a NCAA sport makes it even better. I understand that I’ll never be a pro, so it’s important to be a good judge of the amount I spend to my classwork.” 9:00 A.M. Wake Up 10:00 A.M. EDSEC 304 Teaching Methods 11:30 A.M. Lunch in Yzerman 12:30 P.M. ART110: History of Art in the Modern Era 2:00 P.M. Johnson Library 42 3:30 P.M. Workout in Holland 1 4:15 P.M. Tennis practice at Holland 6:00 P.M. Dinner, Shower 7:00 P.M. Fellowship of Christian Athletes 8:00 P.M. Study Tables in Johnson
“The coaches and professors are always encouraging me to rise to the occasion, both inside the classroom and on the court”.-Colby McAllister
1230 A.M. Bed
Fulfilling Our Promise: Reaching Our Outcomes We say “We want you to acquire knowledge in both your content area and but gain a holistic approach”
At UCI, you don’t just specialize in one area of interest but become a generalist. The courses you take are meant to be built upon. The courses are designed to be cross curricular, meaning that courses not only cover the area stated on the syllabus but review knowledge contained in prior classes. What contributes to success: Core courses, service-learning, course work
We say “We want you to gain a core foundation of life and relational skills
Whether it is through a course or student organization, we want to you to gain skills you will use for life. Teamwork, public speaking, empathy, effective communication, are just some of the gains that could be made in college. We understand that students grow not just inside the classroom but outside of it too. We try to facilitate activities such as etiquette dinners and leadership programs to help you achieve this outcome.51 What contributes to success: The Office of Student Success, Core Courses, Leadership programming
We say “We want you to become an active citizen of society
College should be more about just classes and we understand that. It is about developing into a person you can be proud of. Participating in service is just one way to become an active citizen so we provide ample opportunities for giving back. Service-learning courses along with other courses give you a framework to gain knowledge too. What contributes to success: Service-Learning Office and Courses, Student Activities, Residence Life
We say “We want you to As educators, we work with you at whatever stage you are in your life. 52 have a foundations of ethics The college experience is about educating the whole person and thus as and zeal for learning faculty, staff, and administrators, we try to promote our values through our actions. The course work and activities emphasizes a sense of accountability, connection to the mission and values, and search for chances of continuous improvement within activities. What contributes to success: The office of the Dean of Students, Student Success, FYS, Service-learning courses
Collaboration: On All Levels 44
When it comes to collaboration, UCI walks the talk. With faculty, administrators, students, and staff devoting time to finding interactions, the school has a consistent view of relevant attitudes and opinions.
Collaboration: Helping You Succeed
For Students The Board of Trustees has two open seats for students. They are required to serve the board for two years, participate as a regular member, and have full voting rights. These are elected positions through Student Government Association. 53 Faculty and Staff Colloquium is a program that is run through the Office of Research and Design. They seek to provide monthly seminar courses on teaching methodology based on current research. Students sit on the development team to make sure items are relevant. The Office of Admissions works with students and other offices to collaborate on recruitment effort. Whether you become an ambassador or are just on the committee, you help bring students to our campus. 54
Departmental Committees are devoted to the development in a particular area. Students are welcome to be active participants in these monthly meetings.
Offices with students on a committees: •Residence Life •Student Activities •Service-Learning •Student Success •Dean of Students •Multicultural Affairs
The Student Success Committees is comprised of 12 academic professors representing each department, one counselor from the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Assistant Director of Residence Life. The committee monitors student progress and makes the right personnel aware if students are struggling. 55
“The attitude of collaboration has a trickle down effect. For example, the offices within student affairs all work together on publications, residence life works with the research and design unit to build assessments. We are one big team at UCI, devoted to student development.” -Melissa Williams-Director of Residence Life23
The Essentials: Admission to UCI Applying to UCI
What UCI Looks For
To apply to University of Central Indiana as a first year student, you will need to complete and submit: •The Application •Test Scores •Letter of Recommendation
The admissions department is looking for students with potential. Potential to be leaders, educator, and service-givers. Your essays and recommendations all serve to demonstrate the commitment towards bettering yourself. We hope upon selection that you continue your enthusiasm towards education.
Apply As a First Year Student If:
•youʼll complete high school during the current academic year or
Scores are needed to complete the application. Student can take either the SAT Test or the ACT with Writing. Office score reports must be sent directly to UCI from the testing agency.
•youʼve graduated from high school but have earned fewer than 12 credits at a college or university. Apply As a Transfer Student If: •you are (or have been) a full-time college student or •you have earned 12 or more credits from a college or university since graduating h.s. Apply As a Non-Traditional Student If: •you want to enroll for up to two semesters and take at least 6 hours of credit per semester.
Early Decision Plan If UCI is your first choice, consider applying under the early-decision plan. Your application will be read in the fall and you will be notified by mid-December of UCIʼs decision. And because we consider initiative as a key value of our future students, early-decision applicants stand a slightly better chance of gaining admission. If you get accepted as an early decision applicant, you must decide by January whether you want to attend the University of Central Indiana. 56
Early-Decision First-Year Applicants
Regular Decision First-Year Applicants
no later than November
no later than December
Submit Application and Letters of Recommendation
by November 1
by January 2
Admission Decisions to Applicants
Your response to UCI
May 1 or two weeks after you receive your UCI offer
The Essentials: Financing the UCI Experience Tuition and Student Activities FEE 2010-2011
Frequently Asked Questions
Indiana State resident
What is financial aid?
Financial aid is here to help you cover your expenses for education. It is intended to be a supplement and not replace what your or your family can afford.
Non-Indiana State resident
Estimated Living Expenses 2010-2011 Housing Dining Books and supplies Personal expenses
$6,230 $3,250 $600+ $1,200
What determines how much financial aid I receive? Financial aid is determined by family income, based on how much the government can give that year, and or merit.
Distribution of Need-Based Grant Aid, 2009-2010 Family Income Percent of Student Receiving Aid $0-$50,000 98% $50,000-$120,000 92% $120,000 and above 52%
Will my financial aid be different from year to year?
*A large income family receiving aid may mean the family is putting multiple children through college.
Each recipient needs to apply for financial aid each year. Based on current financial information, a new package will be created. For the most part, if your family finances stay stable so will your financial aid package.
What are the options if I don始t qualify?
* 67% of UCI students are employed by the university. * Average number of hours worked per week: 5 * Wages range from $7.50-12.00/hour depending on job demand
If you are unable to qualify for financial aid, there are a number of options you can have. These include federal loans, non-need based loans, scholarships, or an installment plan set up by the University. 57
Early-Decision First-Year Applicants
Regular Decision First-Year Applicants
Financial Aid Application to UCI
no later than November
no later than December
Copy of your and your parents 2009 federal income tax returns, and all other W-2 forms
by November 1
by January 2
FAFSA completed online
May 1 or two weeks after you receive your UCI offer
Financial aid packages to admitted students
The Essentials: The UCI Guarantee The UCI Guarantee
First-Year Experience Survey
Parents are always asking â€œ How do I know my son/daughter is learningâ€?. Based on the need for constant improvement of university programs and facilities, we are committed to providing our students with assessment to measure their growth and ours.
One part satisfaction survey, one part short answer, the assessment is used to measure all parts of the first year experience, from programming, residence life, to classes, alcohol use, and involvement. This provides a clear picture of what our students will be doing the next four-five years. 59 Student Affairs Experience Survey
A Philosophy of Positive Restlessness The UCI staff and faculty share a common philosophy of positive restlessness. This is a need of finding opportunities for improvement to both our students and programs that are justified by assessment. By administrating five different assessments throughout a studentĘźs time in college, we are able to actively engage in using the information to make improvements.14 StrengthsQuest This assessment is administer to assess the strengths of each student. These are used in advising meeting and the file can be pulled out by professors and staff members to look over and review with the student. 58
The data provides information about how satisfied student are as well as what issues are important to them. This data is compared to national standards by institution type on the instrument scales. 60 Academic Affairs Experience Survey The assessment measures the success and satisfaction of academics on campus. As satisfaction and short answer survey, the primary use is to see if students are understanding the outcomes of the university and service-learning component. Exit Survey The exit survey is a satisfaction/ short answer survey which primary use is to assess the status of our to-be alumni, how they will be connected to the university, and in what ways we can continue communication. This assessment is conducted via online survey through email, Facebook and Twitter. 61
First Year Experience Survey
end of first semester
end of first semester
Student Affairs Experience Survey
end of each academic year
scheduled after the first semester
Academic Affairs Experience Survey
every two years
every two years
when completed degree
when completed experience
beginning of the first-year of first term
beginning of the first-year of first term
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