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History and Organizational Structure
Indiana State University was created on December 20, 1865, pursuant to an Indiana statute, and was originally known as the Indiana State Normal School. Its primary mission was to prepare teachers for the common schools of Indiana. Indiana State Normal School awarded its first baccalaureate degrees in 1908; master’s degrees were granted in 1928; and the first doctor of philosophy degrees were awarded in 1968.
ISU is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of nine persons appointed by the Governor of the State of Indiana. Two of the nine are nominated for consideration by the Governor, by the Alumni Board of the University, and one of the nine, a student member, is appointed by the Governor from nominations submitted by the Student Government Association’s Search and Screen Committee.
The University is administered by a president, who reports to the Board of Trustees as the University’s chief executive officer. The campus is organized into five broad operations areas: academic affairs; enrollment management, marketing, and communications; finance and administration; student affairs; and university engagement. Each area is headed by a vice president who reports directly to the president.
ISU has six academic divisions, each headed by a dean who reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The divisions include the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology; and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.
ISU offers baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 312-263-0456. Academic programs across the colleges are accredited by more than 30 different agencies. In addition, the University holds institutional membership in at least ten major national associations.
The basic Carnegie classification for ISU is Doctoral/Research University. Institutions with this label offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs and are committed to graduate education through both masters and doctoral degrees.
The Indiana State University main campus adjoins the north side of Terre Haute’s downtown business district and covers more than 200 acres in the heart of the city. Varsity soccer, track & field, and baseball fields are located within a mile of the main campus along the Wabash River. Memorial Stadium, the site of NCAA Division IAA football games, is located on Wabash Avenue, two miles east of the main campus.
The Sycamore Outdoor Center (SOC) is an outdoor teaching, learning, and research area designed to accommodate educational programs and services. The campus is located on a scenic 93 acre plot of land approximately 18 miles east of Terre Haute in Brazil, Indiana and includes eight man-made lakes.