Sep 21, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

The University

Founded in 1965, the University of Southern Indiana enrolls more than 10,500 dual credit, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in more than 80 majors. A public higher education institution, located on a beautiful 1,400-acre campus in Evansville, Indiana, USI offers programs through the College of Liberal Arts, Romain College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. USI is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University and offers continuing education and special programs to more than 19,000 participants annually through Outreach and Engagement.

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The University Mission and Vision

The University’s vision is a simple but powerful one:  Shaping the future through learning and innovation.

Its mission statement is:

USI is an engaged learning community advancing education and knowledge, enhancing civic and cultural awareness, and fostering partnerships through comprehensive outreach programs. We prepare individuals to live wisely in a diverse and global community.

Accreditation and Memberships

The University of Southern Indiana is accredited for 10 years at the baccalaureate and master’s levels by The Higher Learning Commission. Programs in accounting, business, chemistry, education, engineering, nursing and other health professions, sport management, art and design, English language teaching, social work, and concurrent enrollment are accredited by the appropriate professional organizations and state agencies. Accreditation reviews by regional and discipline-based organizations continue to be prime indicators of quality.

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University Board of Trustees

A board of nine trustees, appointed by the Governor of the State of Indiana, governs the University. The Board meets in regular session six times each year and holds an annual meeting in July. The USI Board of Trustees is governed by Indiana Code which defines the creation, organization, powers, and responsibilities of the Trustees.

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Officers of the University

Linda L.M. Bennett, President
Ronald S. Rochon, Provost
David Bower, Vice President for Development
Andrew Wright, Vice President for Enrollment Management
Steven Bridges, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Cynthia S. Brinker, Vice President for Government and University Relations

Academic Programs

A major emphasis of the University of Southern Indiana continues to be delivery of credit programs. For the near term, the primary curricular offerings will include liberal arts, pre-professional, professional, technical, and occupational programs at both associate and baccalaureate levels. Moreover, since a need for graduate-level programs exists for people who are employed in the Evansville metropolitan region, master’s and doctoral degree programs are being implemented as demand is demonstrated. Because Evansville serves as the center of a predominantly rural region dotted with smaller population centers, increased educational access for adults requires innovative instructional delivery systems, including internet-based instruction and classes that meet in off-campus locations.

There are more than 80 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees offered at USI. The newest degree programs include the bachelor’s degrees in manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, and respiratory therapy; four undergraduate certificates; two graduate level certificates; and post-master certificates in seven nursing specialty areas. The University has made installation of advanced technology a priority for instruction and provides training for faculty to adapt technological advances to coursework.

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The University has authorization to confer the following graduate degrees: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Arts (for English, Communication, and Second Language Acquisition, Policy, and Culture programs), Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Business Administration, Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Industrial Management, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in Sport Management, and Master of Social Work.

The University has authorization to confer the following undergraduate degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management, Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Social Work.

Additionally, the University has authorization to confer Certificates, Post-Baccalaureate Certificates, and Post-Masters Certificates.

University Facilities

A full list of USI Buildings and Locations is available in the USI Editor’s Manual.