University of Illinois at Springfield
|University of Illinois at Springfield|
|Chancellor||Susan J. Koch|
|Academic staff||325 full and part time faculty|
|Location||Springfield, Illinois, U.S.|
|Colors||Blue and white|
|Athletics||11 teams in 6 sports - NCAA Division II - Great Lakes Valley Conference|
The University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) is a public university in Springfield, Illinois, United States. The university was established in 1969 as Sangamon State University by the Illinois General Assembly and became a part of the University of Illinois system on July 1, 1995.
The University of Illinois at Springfield serves roughly 5,000 students in 23 undergraduate programs, 20 master's programs, and a doctorate in Public Administration. The university was once one of the two upper-division and graduate universities in Illinois, but now accepts freshmen, transfer and graduate students.
In 1967, the Illinois General Assembly created a Board of Regents to operate Illinois State University and Northern Illinois University, as well as a third unnamed institution in Springfield. In 1969, Governor Richard Ogilvie signed into law a bill officially creating Sangamon State University. It originally operated as an "upper-division" university—that is, a university that offers only the last two years of undergraduate education, as well as graduate work. The first classes were held on September 28, 1970 at First Methodist Church in downtown Springfield. In October, SSU began offering classes in the current campus location near Lake Springfield.
The school grew steadily over the years. Its first permanent building, Brookens Library, was dedicated in 1976, and its Public Affairs Center and first dormitories opened in 1980.
In 1995, Governor Jim Edgar signed a bill which abolished the Board of Regents and merged SSU with the University of Illinois system. On July 1, SSU officially became the University of Illinois at Springfield. Naomi Lynn, the last president of SSU, became the first chancellor of UIS. In 2001, it admitted freshmen for the first time in an honors program called the "Capital Scholars." On September 8, 2005 the University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved a new general education curriculum, making UIS a full-fledged four-year university for the first time. Freshman were slated to be admitted under the general education curriculum beginning in fall, 2006.
UIS is classified in the US News and World Report rankings as a "Regional University", which is a school that provides "a full range of undergraduate programs . . . some master's level programs . . . [but] few, if any, doctoral programs." In the 2014 US News "Best Colleges" rankings, UIS ranked #8 in Top Public Schools (Midwest region) and #36 in Regional Universities (Midwest). ("National Universities" within Illinois, such as UIUC, NIU, ISU, and SIUC, are not ranked against UIS and other Regional Universities.)
The 746-acre campus is located in the southern portion of Springfield. There are two residence halls for undergraduates, Founders and Lincoln.
The University of Illinois at Springfield has been offering online courses and degrees since 1999. The Sloan Consortium has recognized UIS with the 2007 award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Teaching and Learning and the 2008 Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education. The Society for New Communications Research, in 2008, also recognized UIS with their Award for Excellence in Online Reputation Management. Each year since 2001, the Sloan Consortium has offered one award for "Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in Online Learning" - the 2002 award was given to Professor Emeritus Ray Schroeder, the 2003 award was given to Visiting Research Professor Burks Oakley, and the 2006 award was given to the UIS James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor, Karen Swan. UIS also ranked 11th among online universities in the U.S. on Guide to Online Schools' 2013 Online College Rankings.
The UIS Journal is the weekly student newspaper of the University. Its circulation is 2,000 per week.
UIS athletic teams are known as the Prairie Stars, and compete in the NCAA Division II's Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). UIS joined the GLVC in October 2008 and became a full-fledged Division II member on Aug. 1, 2010. The Prairie Stars were formerly members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the American Midwest Conference (AMC). Women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball; men's sports include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, golf, soccer and tennis.
While a member of the NAIA, the Prairie Stars won the NAIA national men's soccer championshipin 1986, 1988, and 1993 and were runner-up in 1998.
- Cheri Bustos - U.S. Representative, Illinois's 17th district (M.A. Public Affairs Reporting)
- Ward Churchill - former University of Colorado professor, social critic, activist ('74 B.A. Communications, '75 M.A. Communications)
- Timothy Davlin - Mayor of Springfield, Illinois (attended, did not complete degree)
- Vince Demuzio - Illinois State Senator, 1975-2004 ('81 B.A. in Education and Human Services; '96 M.A. in Education and Public Policy)
- Karen A. Hasara - Former mayor of Springfield, Illinois, Illinois state senator, ('72 B.A. Psychology, '92 M.A. Legal Studies)
- Gordon S. Heddell - United States Department of Defense inspector general ('75 M.A. Legal Studies)
- Al Lewis - Columnist, Dow Jones Newswires
- Robert "Bobby" McFerrin Jr.- vocal performer and conductor (attended 1975-76, did not complete degree)
- Milton J. Nieuwsma - author, Emmy-winning filmwriter-producer ('78 M.A.)
- Richard Oruche - Shooting guard on the Nigerian national basketball team ('10 B.A. Business Administration)
- Dana Perino - White House Press Secretary for the George W. Bush administration ('95 M.A. Public Affairs Reporting)
- Donna Sollenberger - Executive Vice President of the Baylor College of Medicine ('71 B.A. Literature, '74 M.A. Literature)
- Phillip S. Paludan, professor of history - Abraham Lincoln and American Civil War scholar, Lincoln Prize recipient, and the Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair of Lincoln Studies (died August 1, 2007).
- Paul Simon, Founder/first director of UIS' Public Affairs Reporting Master's Program - United States senator, 1988 presidential candidate
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