August 29, 2019 / Vincennes University Trustees meet at Jasper Campus
JASPER, Ind. – The Vincennes University Board of Trustees held its
first meeting of the 2019-20 academic year on Aug. 28 at the Center
for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing on the Vincennes
University Jasper Campus.
Trustees appointed new Vice President of Financial Services Linda
Waldroup Treasurer of the University, and received updates about early
fall enrollment numbers and developments on the VU Jasper Campus.
“Enrollment appears to have stabilized with encouraging pockets of
growth. There have been increases at some campuses and declines have
slowed at others,” Director of Admissions Heidi Whitehead said.
The highest growth was seen at the Aviation Technology Center in
Indianapolis, which is up 45 percent over last year. Whitehead
attributed the growth to VU’s growing partnerships with the aviation industry.
Whitehead also reported the gender gap is narrowing on the Vincennes
campus and the quality of VU students continues to rise all sites. The
caliber of students, especially among students from Illinois, is going
up based on high school grade point averages, college readiness, and
VU President Chuck Johnson referring to a report issued earlier this
summer by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education told the Board
VU’s success numbers are improving significantly and trending in an
“The on-time graduation rates as reported by the Indiana Commission
are up 169 percent over a five-year period for cohorts entering Fall
2011 through Fall 2016,” Johnson said.
He cited the major impact of the student success and retention
efforts the University has undertaken over the past several years as
contributing to this growth.
The Board also heard from VU Jasper Assistant Vice President and Dean
Christian Blome about a myriad of impressive things happening on the
VU Jasper Campus. Most notably are increased partnerships with
regional schools, as well Hub 19, a career and innovation hub
supporting Dubois County, and the establishment of more career and
technical education programming with the Patoka Valley CTE
Cooperative, leading to the development of the Automation and Robotics Academy.
Blome commended Patoka Valley CTE Director Jarred Howard and CTIM
Jacob Berg for their work in helping create this new academy.
The ARA is a groundbreaking program that immerses high school juniors
and seniors in the Patoka Valley CTE Cooperative within a learning
environment that combines dual credit with work-based learning for
apprenticeship type experience and lab instruction. Students take
classes at the CTIM three days a week and intern with an industry
partner two days a week.
“This high school program is one of the first of its kind,” Blome
said. “It gives students both classroom and on-the-job experience in a
critical industry sector for Dubois County and Indiana.”
Students receive both high school and college credit, earn a paycheck
while working in an internship, and gain real-world experience in
“The Automation and Robotics Academy builds on VU’s successful work
in CTE Early College and work-based learning programs and aligns well
with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s agenda of more work-based
learning opportunities and skill training education for all students,”
In his report, Blome thanked the VU Jasper Foundation for its support
of the new Dubois County Scholastic Excellence Award. The scholarship
covers tuition, fees, books, and provides a laptop computer. He also
reported that VU Jasper is offering a new engineering program starting
this fall that gives students a path to transfer to Purdue University
through a Direct Admit Agreement with VU.
In other business:
*Board of Trustees Chair John Stachura and President Chuck Johnson
expressed gratitude to Brianna Jobe, who served her final meeting as a
student trustee. Jobe’s term expires at the end of September.
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 35 other states, and 17
countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with
residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
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