Trustees approve participation in Midwest Student Exchange, hear update on presidential search

April 17 2008

Many residents of Illinois and several other states will soon find a college degree at Indiana State University more affordable.

The university’s Board of Trustees Thursday (April 17) approved participation in the Midwest Student Exchange Program. The program allows students from participating states to attend out-of-state institutions at a cost not to exceed 150 percent of in-state tuition. At Indiana State, students from beyond Indiana and 20 southeastern Illinois counties currently pay more than twice the in-state tuition rate.

“While Indiana State University remains committed first and foremost to providing a quality, affordable education to Indiana residents, this program will provide new options for students from eight other states,” said John Beacon, Indiana State’s vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications. “Indiana State has a number of regionally and nationally-recognized academic programs. Through the Midwest Student Exchange Program, we believe more students will benefit from the real-world research and experiential learning for which ISU faculty members are known.”

Subject to approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana State will become the first university in Indiana to participate in the exchange program, effective with the 2009 fall semester. To be eligible, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Because of teaching capacity, some ISU programs may be exempt.

The program is administered by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. In addition to Indiana, member states of the compact are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. All member states except Iowa and Ohio participate in the student exchange program.

Presidential search continues
The university’s presidential search committee, which met earlier on Thursday, is reviewing additional candidates following the withdrawal from consideration by two of three candidates who had been identified as finalists, Trustee Ron Carpenter, who chairs the search committee, said. With an eye toward campus visits by a revised group of finalists in early summer, trustees remain hopeful a new president can be hired to begin July 1, he said. The contract of current President Lloyd W. Benjamin III expires June 30.

“There are a number of new candidates that, for a variety of reasons, were not in the market previously but are in the market now,” Michael Alley, president of the board of trustees, said.

New, revised programs
Trustees approved a new Master of Science in computer science degree, which is not currently available in west-central Indiana or neighboring Illinois, according to C. Jack Maynard, ISU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The board also agreed to establish a provisional department of biology, consisting of the former departments of life sciences and ecology and organismal biology.

“This action is taken with the intent that sufficient time and effort will be dedicated to creating an appropriate structure that will better support the needs of students and faculty and position the biological sciences to become a program of excellence for ISU,” Maynard said.

Also on Thursday, ISU trustees:

• Approved construction of a $750,000 Seventh Street Gateway Project in conjunction with the Cherry Street Multi-Modal Transportation Facility, a joint project with the city of Terre Haute that is nearing completion at Seventh and Cherry Streets. The “campus gateway” project will provide informative signs for campus visitors as well as a historical display related to the National Road.

• Approved submission of a 10-year capital improvement plan to the higher education commission. The plan includes a request for $4.5 million in state planning funds for the new College of Nursing, Health and Human Services. It also includes the $24.4 million renovation of the Terre Haute Federal Building for the College of Business and $4.5 million for a new Early Childhood Education Center. Funding for those projects will not come from state sources.

Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or

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ISU's Board of Trustees has approved participation in the Midwest Student Exchange Program. The program allows students from participating states to attend out-of-state institutions at a cost not to exceed 150 percent of in-state tuition.

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