May 23, 2024  
2015-2016 Graduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

The University

Founded in 1965, the University of Southern Indiana is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. USI enrolls approximately 9,500 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in 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 15,000 participants annually through Outreach and Engagement. Find 50th anniversary information at

Read more about the University of Southern Indiana.

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 of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Programs in accounting, business, chemistry, education, engineering, health professions, journalism and communications, and social work 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.

See a full list of Accreditations and Memberships.


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 online.


Officers of the University

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


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 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 70 undergraduate academic majors, 10 master’s programs, and one doctoral program. The newest degree programs include the doctorate in nursing practice and baccalaureate majors in advanced manufacturing and criminal justice. The University has made installation of advanced technology a priority for instruction and provides training for faculty to adapt technological advances to coursework.

See a full list of Academic Programs.


University Facilities

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