updated: 7/30/2012 12:53:13 PM
Vincennes University says it has created seven colleges to operate its statewide academic programs. President Dick Helton says the move adds credibility and "more of an academic presence" to the institution. The school says the new organizational structure allows for future growth without increasing costs or staffing needs.
July 30, 2012
Vincennes, Ind. -- Vincennes University has announced the creation of seven colleges to administer its statewide academic programs, according to an announcement today by VU President Dick Helton.
“This change recognizes our growth through the years and our breadth of enrollment, faculty, and academic programs, as well as the addition of baccalaureate programs to our mission,” Helton said. “The introduction of colleges as part of our academic structure reflects both the evolution of VU in past decades as well as our ambitious plans for continued growth in the future.”
With VU serving 17,000 unduplicated students annually who enroll in more than 200 majors, including baccalaureate programs, Helton said it was time that “VU’s organizational structure advances to match the wide-ranging university that has evolved since our founding in 1801.”
Although the plan better aligns VU with current academic organizational structures at peer universities, Helton said the change will not increase costs or staffing, allowing VU to remain the most affordable residential university in Indiana.
Under the new structure, VU academic programs will be administered by the College of Extended Studies, College of Health Sciences and Human Performance, College of Humanities, College of Technology, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Social Science and Performing Arts, and College of Business and Convergent Technologies.
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper and additional sites such as Indianapolis and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics. VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering 200 associate degree and certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 28 other states, and 30 countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
Source: Vincennes University