Sep 21, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

The University

Founded in 1965, the University of Southern Indiana enrolls more than 10,000 dual credit, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in more than 130 areas of study. 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 20,000 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 is approved to offer doctoral and master’s level degrees by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, telephone 312-263-0456, and is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools and the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools.

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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.

More information including a list of current trustees is available at

Officers of the University

Ronald S. Rochon, President
Mohammed Khayum, Provost
David Bower, Vice President for Development
Steven Bridges, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Kindra Strupp, Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Khalila Doss, Vice President for Student Affairs
Aaron Trump, Chief Government and Legal Affairs Officer

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 130 areas of study offered at USI. The newest graduate degree programs include certificates in Public Administration, Nonprofit Administration, Instructional Communication, Advanced Instructional Communication, and Teacher License Addition in Exceptional Needs: Mild Intervention, as well as a post-masters certificates in Dual Credit English Teaching and Educational Leadership and Administration. 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 Education, 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.

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

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 Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, 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 and Post-Baccalaureate Certificates.

University Facilities

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