The Illinois State University Board of Trustees met in the Bone Student Center on Friday. (Photo By B Corbin/WJBC)
By Paul Morello
NORMAL - The Illinois State University Board of Trustees approved an update to the school's strategic plan Friday.
The board endorsed the "Educating Illinois" plan for the next five years.
President Al Bowman said the plan outlines the university's goals and vision through 2018.
"We wanted to provide students with more individualized attention and we wanted to invest in academic programs in order to achieve a higher national profile," Bowman said.
The plan also outlines strategies to support student success and to enhance ISU's outreach and partnerships.
Bowman outlined a plan to update the document during his 2011 State of the University Address.
Undergraduate applications high
Bowman said there have been 14,600 freshman applications which surpassed the previous all-time high in 2007.
"It was quite by surprise that this year we had a reversal and a significant increase and not only an increase in the overall number of applicants, but an increase in the quality of the pool," Bowman said.
Bowman said applications are up 26 percent compared to last year, but expects fall enrollment levels to stay around 20,000-21,000.
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