Sep 14, 2013

 

News from Old Main

FAMILY WEEKEND AND HOMECOMING DATES 2013, 2014 AND 2015
2013
Family Weekend -- Sept. 27-29
Homecoming -- Oct. 18-20

2014
Family Weekend -- Sept. 19-21
Homecoming -- Oct. 24-26

2015
Family Weekend -- Oct. 9-11
Homecoming -- Oct. 23-25

See here and here for more information as it becomes available.

DANIEL P. NADLER, Vice President for Student Affairs
Posted: Aug 26, 2013


EIU PREPARES FOR ACCREDITATION WITH NCA SURVEY
On Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, EIU launched its 2014 self-study in preparation of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges with a meeting of more than 200 representatives of the campus and surrounding communities. During the meeting, the NCA Steering Committee previewed a video that describes the accreditation process. President Perry explained the importance of accreditation to the university and Provost Lord outlined ways representatives of our campus and surrounding communities can participate.

To view the video and learn about all of the ways to participate in this important process, please access the NCA website here.

During the coming weeks, NCA Ambassadors will be sharing the video and urging members of our communities to engage in the self-study and accreditation process. Potential ways to participate include completing an online survey, attending a First Friday Seminar, reviewing drafts of the self-study, attending presentations by NCA Ambassadors or participating in site visit interviews.

The NCA Steering Committee is urging faculty, students, staff, administration, alumni, annuitants and members of the Charleston/Mattoon and surrounding communities to complete the NCA Self-Study Survey. Representatives with current EIU email addresses received notification to complete the survey on Aug. 28. The online survey requires approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and will be active until Sept. 16. Participants who did not receive an email notification may request access to the survey at the NCA website.

The NCA Steering Committee is also inviting all members of our communities to attend a First Friday Seminar. All seminars are scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Loft of the MLK Jr. Union. The first Fall 2013 event will be on Friday, Sept. 6. The remaining dates include Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6 in 2013 and Feb. 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2 in 2014.

Because accreditation is required for comprehensive participation as an institution of higher learning, it is among the university’s most important activities and achievements. The accrediting agency evaluates the entire institution and requires the institution to undertake a self-study followed by an agency site visit. The accreditation process will culminate in a site visit scheduled for Oct. 20, 21 and 22, 2014. Information on the criteria for accreditation, members of the Steering Committee, Subcommittees and Ambassadors Pool is available at the website. Questions may be addressed to NCA co-chairs Jeffrey R. Stowell, jrstowell@eiu.edu, or Robert M. Augustine, rmaugustine@eiu.edu.

ROBERT AUGUSTINE, Dean/Graduate School
Posted: Aug 31, 2013


EIU APPRENTICESHIP PREPARES PROFESSOR FOR ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
As thousands of traditional students settle into a new semester of study at Eastern, a student of a different kind is also learning his way around campus. Jose Antonio Rosa, professor of marketing and sustainable business practices at the University of Wyoming, will spend the academic year here as one of 50 2013-14 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to build leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration.

Rosa, who was nominated for the ACE Fellows Program by Myron Allen, a colleague and then-provost at UW, said this coming year of intense training at EIU will give him a head start toward his goals when he returns to the Laramie campus. “When I go back, I’ll be able to step into an administrative role,” he said. “I expect to learn much from this apprenticeship.”

As an ACE Fellow at Eastern, Rosa will be included in the highest level of decision making while participating in administrative activities. The year-long learning experience will combine observation and participation with an individualized Fellowship project on an issue of key strategic importance. All of this will be done under the mentorship of Eastern’s top administrators – Bill Perry, president of Eastern Illinois University, and Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Rosa’s office is housed in the Office of Academic Affairs, located on the first floor of Old Main, the university’s administrative building. There, he will be close to Lord who, as a former ACE Fellow himself, has a full understanding of the program and its goals.

See here for more on the story.

Vicki Shaw-Woodard, Media Relations
Posted: Sep 11, 2013


EIU NOTES RISE IN U.S. NEWS RANKINGS; URGES PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS TO BASE COLLEGE DECISION ON PERSONAL NEEDS
Eastern saw a significant increase in its placement in the U.S. News and World Report college rankings to No. 7 among Midwest public master’s institutions.

"We're pleased that our rankings have increased and that because of U.S. News’ change in methodology, that they are more focused on the quality of college education,” said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We continually improve our programs, but not because we are overly focused on ratings. We want to stay focused on helping our prospective students find if they're a good fit for us and if we are a good fit for them."

In addition, Lord said, Eastern is focused on continuing to keep college affordable and in giving EIU students the best possible education.

“As Americans, we have a real fascination with contests and rankings and this report plays to that interest,” Lord said. “But we hope in the end that prospective students consider their own talents and interests and pick a university based on the best fit for them – the place where they can thrive.”

See the full story here.

PATRICK EARLY, Communications, Marketing and Brand Strategies
Posted: Sep 12, 2013


 


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