Sep 17, 2014
Eastern Illinois University advanced in its placement in the annual U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings to No. 4 among the Midwest’s top public regional universities.
Eastern also was ranked No. 31 -- up from 36 in 2013 -- among all Midwestern regional universities offering a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. EIU is the highest ranking public university in Illinois on that list, released this week as part of the magazine’s 2014 edition of “Best Colleges.”
The region encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Rankings are based on schools’ academic reputations, student selectivity, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources and alumni giving.
“While we’re pleased to see that we have advanced in the rankings, we won’t become overly focused on them,” said Blair Lord, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Eastern continually strives to improve its programs and provide its students with the best education possible.”
The U.S. News rankings rely heavily on EIU's focus on personal attention. For example, the student-faculty ratio stands at 14:1, and only 3 percent of all classes have 50 or more students.
In addition, EIU continues to tout the highest freshman retention rate (79 percent) and the highest graduation rate (60 percent) among all Illinois public universities in its class.
“We pride ourselves in our capacity for providing individual attention to our students, and believe those relationships are critical to the success of those students,” Lord continued. “Our faculty members know our students and work closely with them to create a great learning atmosphere. In the end, those efforts are more important to us than any ranking.”
VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Sep 12, 2014
PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH CONSULTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
David Mead-Fox has been hired by the EIU Board of Trustees to assist in finding the next president for Eastern Illinois University. He is a senior client partner with the firm of Korn Ferry. Mead-Fox was recently on campus and met with various constituency groups to hear their views on "what they are looking for in a new president." If you were not able to attend one of these sessions and would like to share your views with Mead-Fox, he would welcome an email from you. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHERYL GILBERT, VPUA Operations
Posted: Sep 12, 2014
COMING SOON -- FACULTY, STAFF AND GROUP EMAIL ACCOUNTS MOVING TO OFFICE 365
EIU will soon implement Office 365 Email service for faculty, staff and group accounts. Moving to Office 365 will provide additional benefits for campus including full Outlook support for Windows and Mac, 50GB of email storage and 1TB of OneDrive storage.
During the month of September, ITS will be migrating early adopters primarily in the Business Affairs area. Migrations for the remainder of campus will begin in early October. In the coming weeks, ITS staff members will be contacting departments and related technology personnel to plan and schedule the migration.
Information about the migration may be found at our Office 365 migration page. Please check the site regularly for updates about the transition.
KATHY REED, Information Technology Services
Posted: Sep 04, 2014
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