April 27 2007
The universityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Distinctive Programs Initiative will receive a $1.75 million boost from the PresidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Fund for Academic Excellence (link to story), which provides additional resources and recognition for established Programs of National Distinction, Programs of State and Regional Distinction and up-and-coming Programs of Promise.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Both program prioritization and the Distinctive Programs Initiative are dramatic steps toward defining Indiana State UniversityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s relevance in the changing higher education environment. The university family has worked tirelessly and collaboratively to get to this point,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Michael Alley, president of the Board of Trustees.
Teacher education and financial services Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ the two areas designated as Programs of National Distinction Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ have distinguished themselves by securing additional funding and resources from sources other than the state and university, Alley noted. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That is also true for a number of the other programs that have been identified as Programs of State and Regional Distinction or Programs of Promise. As we broaden the impact of the university, we look forward to garnering more external funding that is so necessary to diversity our funding base.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Any current students affected by the elimination of programs will be allowed to complete their degrees or move to other appropriate majors, noted Trustee Ron Carpenter.
Also on Friday, Alley announced that a required public hearing on tuition has been scheduled for 2 p.m. May 15 in the State Room of Tirey Hall. Board action on tuition for 2007-08 and 2008-09 will immediately follow the hearing.
In other action, ISU trustees:
Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Indiana State University's Board of Trustees Friday endorsed separate plans to provide increased funding and recognition for the university's most distinctive and promising programs while also eliminating or consolidating up to 64 low-enrollment programs