|Enriching the Student Experience
USI is finding innovative ways to increase student success and graduation rates. Financial barriers to higher education are very real. Although USI offers the lowest tuition of any four-year public institution in Indiana, higher education still is out of reach for some students. Scholarships and other forms of financial aid are needed to help students realize their dreams. (details)
|Enhancing the Academic Environment
Today, 84 percent of high school graduates in the Tri-state region pursue higher education—20 percent higher than the national average. This is a testament to USI’s commitment to expand access to high-quality, affordable academic programs and forge partnerships that benefit students, faculty, employers, and the community and state. As the University looks to the future, it will find new ways to build on its success and continue to attract exceptionally qualified students from Indiana and beyond. (details)
The University of Southern Indiana is a national contender in NCAA Division II competition. USI has captured NCAA national championships in baseball and men’s basketball. Women’s basketball and the men’s and women’s cross country teams also continue to rank among Division II’s national elite. Since 1990, all 15 USI varsity sports have won a conference championship or made an NCAA Tournament appearance. This has been achieved despite the fact that USI is at present able to provide only 60 percent of the scholarship support for athletes permitted by the NCAA.
To recognize the contributions that athletics makes to the quality of campus life and student leadership, the campaign will fund improvements to athletics facilities that cannot be funded from current budgets. The University has requested state funds to add classrooms and laboratories to the Physical Activities Center, but state funds cannot be used for athletics budgets or spectator areas. The athletics program is supported solely from student fees, promotional programs, and private gifts. (details)
|Strengthening Community Partnerships
Already an important partner to public and private universities, hospitals, libraries, schools, businesses, industries, government, and social-service agencies, USI now plans to expand its impact by engaging the community in new ways. USI will continue to build on its award-winning engagement program through education, arts, and business outreach designed to improve quality of life for all citizens in our region and state. (details)
|Providing Ongoing Annual Support
The USI Annual Fund blends unrestricted gifts into an important resource for the University’s most pressing needs. From the Annual Fund’s inception in 1968, unrestricted gifts have helped the University provide a margin of excellence not possible through state appropriations or student fees.
For more than four decades, the USI Annual Fund has made possible vital programs. These programs ensure quality, respond to opportunities, and support the USI Foundation’s annual operating budget, as well as a portion of campaign expenses. Included have been start-up funds for programs such as the Presidential Scholarships and new academic initiatives such as the engineering major and the innovative Repertory Theatre.
USI relies on the continuing generosity of its loyal alumni and friends for unrestricted gifts. A thriving university and a successful campaign rely on annual support to succeed. (details)