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University of Illinois-Springfield

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The University of Illinois-Springfield (UIS) provides an intellectually rich, collaborative, and intimate learning environment for students, faculty, and staff, while serving local, regional, state, national, and international communities. UIS is a premier online public university offering innovative, high-quality liberal arts education, public affairs activities, and professional programs dedicated to academic excellence, enriching individual lives, and making a difference in the world. UIS is recognized as one of the top five small public liberal arts universities in the United States. UIS maintains this recognition and distinction by creating a world-class liberal arts oriented undergraduate educational experience reflecting many of the characteristics and best practices of small private liberal arts colleges, while building on its many strengths, including online program options and national outreach. The competitive analysis with other public and private colleges and universities indicates that UIS has some of the most prized attributes of private colleges: small class sizes, high-quality programs, most courses taught by faculty with terminal degrees, personalized interaction between faculty and students, and hands-on, experiential learning. UIS maintains articulation agreements with community colleges in Illinois and across the country. In cooperation with the Illinois Community College Board, UIS offers on-demand faculty development webinars on effective pedagogy, technology, and practices to community colleges across the state of Illinois. In person training institutes have been held by UIS faculty and staff members for faculty and staff at the College of DuPage. UIS has conducted successful grant supported research on developing online peer mentoring programs at Illinois Community Colleges Online. UIS hosts visits from community college online leaders to discuss and demonstrate effective strategies and practices in online learning. Through these regular connections, UIS fosters higher quality and greater affordable access to higher education for students across the state and builds bridges for its online baccalaureate degree completion programs. In 2011, UIS reached around the world with a massive open online course (MOOC). The result was more than 2,600 participants registered from 70 different countries, studying the potential and future of online learning in UIS’s eduMOOC through weekly live discussions by different panels of national and international experts, dozens of readings, discussion boards in multiple languages, and continuing research projects.