Friday, August 21, 2015

Koch: Focus on core principles is key to UIS' success

Citing positive results in 2014-15 at the University of Illinois Springfield, Chancellor Susan Koch pledged Thursday to remain focused on areas to ensure continued success for the university.

"We are doing well when many other campuses are not because we have remained collectively and intently focused on our three strategic priorities," she told an audience of mostly faculty and administrators at the school's annual fall convocation. "This approach is paying off for our students."

Koch said growth in both reputation and enrollment, acquisition and retention of talented faculty and staff, and providing the facilities needed to support a comprehensive student learning and living experience are key to UIS' future.

Lynn Pardie, vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, reminded the audience that "each student's degree matters" and praised the faculty and staff for leading by example.

Twenty-seven new full-time faculty members were introduced at the convocation as UIS prepares to observe its 20th year as a University of Illinois campus. There are 225 faculty members at the school.

Fall enrollment of 5,431 in 2014 was the largest in school history, as was the spring graduating class. The school also set a new cash giving record of more than $3.7 million, she said.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on August 21, 2015.

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