A U of I undergraduate education has always been a world-class education and remains a world-class bargain as well. This year, more students than ever came from Illinois 94.2 percent, an increase of almost 5 percent over `97. And the quality of our students continues its arc of excellence. Standardized test scores are higher than ever before. So are high school class rankings, now in the 92nd percentile.
YES IN A BIG WAY. More than 50 percent of those accepted by the university for fall
1998 decided to attend, making the UIUC Class of 2002 a bumper one. And while this influx
only increased CBA's freshman class by about ten, college numbers have soared overall by
around 200 students because of cross-campus transfers. "The credentials of the LAS
students applying to transfer have improved," observes Larry Johnson, CBA's assistant
dean of undergraduate affairs. "And the demand for business majors has, for whatever
reason, increased." Johnson explains that the option of cross-campus transfer is open
to UIUC students at junior level and above, who have a B average and meet other
requirements. Of fall enrollment he says: "Our first-day figures stood at 3,133.
That's 167 more than last year." Interestingly, more students come from Illinois this
year. Overall, first-day enrollment at UIUC stood at 35,364, up 256 from a year ago.
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A home-grown product gets attention
today ALS buys STARS, tomorrow . . . . .
THANKS TO THE COMMERCE UNDERGRADUATE OFFICE, academic advisors over in the College of Applied Life Studies (ALS) have got STARS in their eyes. And that works like a dream. STARS (Student Tracking and Records System), an on-line advising program, developed in-house with the help of the Office for Information Management (OIM), has for the past several years been a flagship project for undergraduate affairs. The computerized set-up has proven so effective that, after attending a special presentation held at the OIM lab in the spring of '98, the ALS administration decided they wanted STARS too and that they were willing to buy it. "Part of the problem for Life Studies is that the classrooms and offices are in different buildings all over campus. There was no centralized tracking system for records. A student could go to two different advisors for the same problem or question without either of the advisors being aware of this," says CBA records officer Cynthia Faullin. "STARS maintains a contact history, with advisor notes and other relevant information, such as petitions. It's so much more effective than a manila file folder."
STARS gives a comprehensive record of a student's contact with the undergraduate office. Over the past several years, the undergraduate office has steadily expanded the program's capabilities. Now students can submit petitions on line, requesting a change of major, for example, or a degree audit, or asking to add an extra semester, or citing the need for an overload. There are also flags for anomalies such as underloads. With the help of an independent network analyst, undergraduate affairs has also been able to provide ALS with support in getting the program on line. "We `talk' to each other on line, but students records are kept strictly separate," Faullin says.
"Every semester we come up with a new twist on STARS," she concludes. "I think it will continue to evolve to a point where we may even see intercollegiate transfers on a Web-based program. Now I hope that other colleges at UIUC will jump on the bandwagon."
STEADY SURGE OF GROWTH IN THE CBA STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM not only brought the
number of undergraduate students in business programs overseas to 129 in 1997-98 (see
chart) more partners have joined the college in international educational exchange.
New to the program are the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines, and IPADE
(Insituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion de Empresa). Commerce now has seventeen
international partners in ten countries.
Elsewhere on CBA's international front, two centers have joined forces. CIERA (Center for International Education and Research in Accounting) and CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research) have begun jointly funding international speakers invited to campus by faculty members, as well as faculty and summer research programs. Both also offer scholarships for study abroad. In 1999, CIERA will sponsor its thirty-fourth International Accounting Conference. Theme for the conference is "Accounting in the Global Markets of the Next Century," and it will be held April 22-24 on the UIUC campus.
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