Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2011 3:42 PM
To: Employee Distribution List
March 3, 2011
Dear colleagues,It was great to receive official word from the Higher Learning Commission this week that our university has been re-accredited for the maximum 10-year period. Your efforts in strengthening our students’ experiences through an array of experiential learning and community engagement opportunities were among several accomplishments praised by the evaluation team. I would like to thank Jack Maynard and Virgil Sheets for leading the NCA Steering Committee, Nancy Rogers and Susan Powers for co-chairing the self-study process, Ed Kinley for serving as the liaison to the Higher Learning Commission, Bob Guell for his assistance in compiling the report and the many, many others who helped with this multi-year process. I also want to acknowledge that the report and its evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission’s North Central Association reflect 10 years of hard work on the part of many to advance ISU. Improving what we do takes a continuing effort involving critical analysis of the many factors involved in teaching, research, student success and the administrative operations which lubricate the entire organization. Change is indeed an ongoing certainty. We are doing a great job of accommodating the environment that exists today while preparing to be successful in the future.The report also noted the University’s emphasis on student success and the work underway as part of “The Pathway to Success” strategic plan. Continuing our efforts to improve retention and graduation rates while providing our students with a challenging and distinctive education is critical to our institution’s future. The level of state funding Indiana State will receive will be directly tied to our ability to improve student success. Helping students meet their educational goals while providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to become productive citizens is our primary mission.
In conjunction with the tournament, ISU alumnus, former Olympian and World Champion Kurt Thomas will be inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame. Kurt and his wife operate the Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Training Center in Frisco, Texas.The women’s MVC tournament will take place over Spring Break in St. Charles, Missouri. The schedule will be determined once the regular season games have been completed this weekend.I look forward to rooting both the men’s and women’s teams to victory.