Supplement A: Federal Compliance
CREDITS, PROGRAM LENGTH, AND TUITION
The University of Illinois at Springfield operates on the semester system, offering courses in the fall, spring, and summer of each year. Within those semesters, all classes are classified into three categories: full-term (16 weeks), first-half (eight weeks), and last-half (eight weeks). Full-term courses begin prior to the midpoint of the semester and end after the midpoint, first-half courses begin and end by the midpoint, and last-half courses begin and end after the midpoint of the semester. Any courses that do not fit into the categories above by definition (e.g. courses designated with “To Be Arranged” days/times) are considered to be full-term courses, unless otherwise indicated in the current course schedule. Information pertaining to the way UIS courses are classified can be found in the current course schedule and online on the Registration Semester Information webpage.
All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 semester hours to earn a bachelor’s degree at UIS, including 48 hours earned at the upper-division level. Other general requirements for a bachelor’s degree can be found on page 13 of the 2007-08 Guide to Programs. The information can also be found in the online UIS catalog. In addition, each specific program’s degree requirements can be found on the website and on pages 41 to 147 of the Guide to Programs.
All master’s degree programs require students to earn the amount of graduate credit required by the chosen academic program. Other general requirements for a master’s degree can be found on page 23 of the 2007-08 Guide to Programs and in the online UIS catalog. In addition, each specific program’s degree requirements can be found on the website and on pages 41 to 147 of the Guide to Programs.
To earn a Doctorate of Public Administration degree from UIS, students must meet program matriculation requirements and earn at least 54 doctoral-level hours. All other general requirements for the DPA degree can be found on pages 24-25 of the 2007-08 Guide to Programs and in the online UIS catalog. The specific degree requirements are also on the website and on pages 135-136 of the Guide to Programs.
The table here lists the undergraduate and graduate rates for summer 2006, fall 2006, and spring 2007 (note: the academic year runs fall-summer, but tuition amounts are approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees summer-spring). This information is published each term on the UIS website ( www.uis.edu/registration/tuition). Tuition rates are divided into three general categories: Illinois resident, non-Illinois resident, and senior learners. Residents of Illinois pay the appropriate Illinois resident rate (note: information pertaining to University of Illinois residency for tuition purposes can be found on pages 10-11 of the 2007-08 Guide to Programs and in the online UIS catalog. Students who are not residents of Illinois pay the appropriate non-Illinois resident rate.
Students who are classified as senior learners pay the senior learner charge (note: information pertaining to the Senior Learner Program can be found on page 17 of the Guide to Programs and in the online UIS catalog. Students not participating in the Senior Learner Program (residents and non-residents) pay the appropriate tuition amount based upon the date they were admitted to UIS.
Undergraduate students, who were admitted prior to summer 2004 and those who are non-degree seeking, pay the undergraduate continuing rate. Students who were admitted in summer 2004, fall 2004, and spring 2005 pay the undergraduate guaranteed rate for 2004-05. Students who were admitted in summer 2005, fall 2005, and spring 2006 pay the undergraduate guaranteed rate for 2005-06. Students who were admitted in summer 2006, fall 2006, and spring 2007 pay the undergraduate guaranteed rate for 2006-07. These varying rates are a result of the state law requiring all public institutions to participate in the Undergraduate Guaranteed Tuition Plan (UGTP). This law requires that students entering UIS be guaranteed a certain rate of tuition for four years following their first semester of admission. Graduate students pay a set rate, depending upon whether they are an Illinois resident or a non-Illinois resident.
ORGANIZATIONAL COMPLIANCE WITH THE HIGHER EDUCATION REAUTHORIZATION ACT
The following documents related to Title IV funding are available in the Office of Financial Assistance:
- The University of Illinois at Springfield Title IV Program Participation Agreement expired on March 31, 2007. Recertification materials were submitted to the Department of Education on December 15, 2006, and UIS is waiting on approval.
- Eligibility and Certification Approval Report (ECAR) and the approval letter.
- Consolidated financial statements for fiscal years 2004 and 2005, audited by BKD, LLP (see Institutional Snapshot).
The following documents are housed in the Office of Financial Assistance and may be viewed there by members of the HLC site team:
- 2005-06 Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP) for funds for 2007-08 federal campus-based programs, consisting of Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants and Federal Work-Study. FISAP Reports for previous years are also available in this office.
- UIS participates in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) for Stafford Loans. Students must complete a Federal Stafford Loan acceptance form asking for a specific amount each year.
- Default initiatives include in-person entrance and exit loan counseling. When the Office of Financial Assistance receives delinquent student reports from guaranty agencies that insure the loan or services that collect on them, the university assists the agencies by updating the delinquent borrower’s name, address, and telephone number if known. The following table shows UIS’ Federal Stafford loan default rates and national rates from 2000-05.
FEDERAL STAFFORD LOAN DEFAULT RATESFiscal Year UIS National
2004 4.2% 5.1%
2003 1.8% 4.5%
2002 2.6% 5.2%
2001 2.2% 5.4%
2000 2.5% 5.9%
Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act
The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 requires institutional disclosure of all student graduation rates, financial assistance awarded, and campus crime statistics. With the exception of crime statistics, UIS’ Office of Institutional Research coordinates all submissions to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) of the National Center for Education Statistics. The UIS Police Department collects and submits crime statistics data directly to IPEDS. The National Center for Education Statistics publishes College Opportunities Online, which provides information to the public on institution prices, financial aid, enrollment, graduation rates, and campus security.
The university publishes information required by the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act in both printed and online forms. Catalog and handbook references are provided in the table below. Please see the university’s online catalog and online Student Handbook.Information Document(s)
Satisfactory academic progress for financial aid Under graduate catalog
Refund policy Undergraduate catalog
Procedures for withdrawing Undergraduate catalog
Disability services Undergraduate catalog
Degrees, curriculum, and educational opportunities Undergraduate catalog
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Undergraduate catalog
Course descriptions Undergraduate catalog
Annual statistics on crimes on the UIS campus are published on the university’s website at www.uis.edu/police/crime_stats.htm.
UIS’ policy on a drug- and alcohol-free campus is as follows:
In compliance with federal, state, and local law, university policy prohibits the unlawful manufacture, dispensation, distribution, sale, possession, or use of a controlled substance or alcohol by students, faculty, and staff in the workplace or while conducting university business or activities. In carrying out this commitment, University at Illinois at Springfield will fully comply with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986 as amended by Public Law 101-226 and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690,Title V, Subtitle D, Section 5160).
This policy, as well as information regarding health risks, standards of conduct, sanctions for violations, and campus resources available, is published in the online Student Handbook and the online student affairs policies.
FEDERAL COMPLIANCE VISITS TO OFF-CAMPUS LOCATIONS
UIS has been serving the educational needs of transfer students in the Peoria area for more than 25 years from the campus of Illinois Central College. A variety of program and elective courses are offered, including those leading to the bachelor’s degree in accountancy, criminal justice, or management. Academic minorsare also available in accountancy, criminal justice, and management information systems. The master of business administration degree is offered by cohort in an accelerated weekend format on the campus of the U of I College of Medicine at Peoria. UIS is approved by the Higher Learning Commission for one in-state, off-campus site, the Peoria Center, and for one course locations.
ADVERTISING AND RECRUITMENT MATERIALS
Reference to UIS’ affiliation with the Higher Learning Commission is listed in the printed and online versions of the UIS Catalog. In the electronic version of the UIS Catalog, the affiliation is accompanied by the appropriate contact information. College websites also note our affiliation and direct links to the HLC website are provided.
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENTS OF INSTITUTIONS HOLD DUAL INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION
UIS does not hold dual institutional accreditation with any other federally recognized institutional accrediting body. At the institutional level, UIS is fully-accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The following organizations accredit specific UIS colleges, programs, or certificate course sequences:
- National Environmental Health Sciences and Protection Accreditation Council, M.S. in Environmental Studies with concentration in Risk Sciences
- National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science
- National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, M.P.A in Public Administration
- American Chemical Society, B.A. in Chemistry
- Council on Social Work Education, B.S.W in Social Work
- Council for Standards in Human Services Education (pending), M.A. in Human Services
- Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, M.A. in Human Services
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, M.A. in Human Development Counseling (Community Counseling and School Counseling)
- Illinois State Board of Education which follows the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education standards, Teacher Education certificates, Educational Leadership certificates, and School Counseling certificates
- Association of Collegiate Schools of Business, College of Business and Management
ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS OF STUDENT COMPLAINTS
UIS has established two locations where students can file a formal complaint. These two locations are the Office of Access and Equal Opportunity and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. Student complaints that are in writing, signed, of sufficient magnitude, and addressed to the person who has the authority to address the complaint are recorded in either of the two offices noted above. Both offices have formal procedures for filing a complaint and these are specified on their websites ( Office of Access and Equal Opportunity and Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs). Tracking records of formal complaints at either of these offices will be available to the site review team.