The past five years show remarkable changes in TSU’s academic climate, reflected in an enriched curriculum and new accreditation for its schools of study, said TSU Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. David Finley.
The university has approved over 20 new programs, attracting more students and boosting enrollment. However, the real measure of academic transformation and excellence lies in achievement.
- A renowned forensic science program with criminal justice major continues as a top choice in the Jannen School of Arts & Sciences, while a new music minor with a chance to perform in various bands and ensembles has added 35 new students.
TSU’s cast metals program has the highest standing Foundry Education Foundation score in the nation, drawing students to the metallurgical engineering minor, while robotics and bioprocess engineering minors have also garnered student interest and numbers.
- A revamped communication degree has seen explosive growth among freshmen and sophomores, with many participating in internships with WEAX 88.3-FM, the university’s new, state-of-the-art radio station.
- The five-year, dual bachelor of science and master of engineering degrees in civil and mechanical engineering have drawn a significant number of freshmen. A revitalized international student program with English as a second language studies brought around 25 Saudi Arabian students to the TSU campus in fall 2007 to study English and then enter TSU’s renowned engineering programs.
- An honors program funded through a 2004 Lilly Intellectual Capital Grant has attracted a growing number of talented students, with the latest count approaching 100 new students taking advantage of the new labs, equipment, and hands-on learning opportunities afforded by the grant. Students also gravitate to the honors program to take advantage of premium housing offered to freshmen in a new student apartment building now under construction overlooking the university’s Zollner Golf Course. Honor students also enjoy a study abroad program.
- In 2006 and 2007, TSU placed first in the national American Institute of Chemical Engineers individual design competition, besting engineering school giants Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Michigan, and University of Texas, among 150 other schools with chemical engineering programs.
- In 2007, TSU chemical engineering students also earned a secondary award, the National Safety and Chemical Engineering Education (SAChE) Safety in Design Award for safety features built into their project design.
- Examinations of TSU and its programs have found them not only sound, but excellent. TSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and North Central Association. Its Franks School of Education is one of the smallest in the nation to meet the rigorous
standards for accreditation by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), as well as those of the Indiana Department of Education/Division of Professional Standards. The Allen School of Engineering & Technology satisfies requirements for accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
- The South Bend School of Professional Studies site will move to a new facility in an area of higher growth and visibility in the greater South Bend-Elkhart-Mishawaka area in the fall, providing a central location and new programs for students. A new classroom site in the Geminus Center in Merrillville will provide a satellite location offering business, criminal justice, and hospital management programs. The School of Professional Studies also now offers an online bachelor of business administration.
- Informatics—“data mining”—will be added as a major in fall 2008 to prepare students for a wide range
of endeavors in the information field, including information management and technology, research and information services, interactive system design, human-computer interaction, and information science. TSU is the first of its private university peers to offer the popular major.
New Academic Programs
ME—Mechanical Engineering major
ME—Civil Engineering major
MS—Criminal Justice major*
BA—General Studies major with
concentration in pre-law, social studies,
and interdisciplinary (self-designed)
BBA—Auctioneering Management major*
BBA—Health Care Management major*
BBA—Human Resources Management major*
BS—Education Fundamentals major
BS—Emergency Management major*
BSBA—Hospitality and Tourism major
Associate of Applied Science in Plastics Technology*
Associate of Applied Science in Process Control*
Accelerated Courses (8-week)
English as a Second Language (reinstated)
Minor in Aerospace Engineering
Minor in Architectural Engineering
Minor in BioProcess Engineering
Minor in Entrepreneurship
Minor in Metallurgical Engineering
Minor in Music
Minor in Robotics Engineering
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)—pending
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association—university
Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET—civil, chemical, electrical, mechanical
*Only offered at SPS
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