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Dean's Message


Welcome to the College of Applied Sciences and Arts! Our college is organized into four schools: School of Health Sciences, School of Architecture, School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies, and School of Transportation. We offer nineteen (19) programs of study at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Our college has a diverse and knowledgeable faculty, motivated and engaged students, nationally recognized programs with healthy enrollment and high graduate job placement. We have had excellent alumni and industry support, off-campus delivery and student-centered advising. Our students and faculty are actively involved in the community through outreach and service-learning.

Our programs have strong national reputations and maintain accreditation/certifications with various agencies. For instance, our Automotive Technology program has been ranked the number one program in the country in 1991, 1999 and 2005 by the Automotive Planning Council and the Association of Career and Technical Education. The Aviation program has been one of the best nationally for many years, with our young pilots winning the International Aerobatic Club Collegiate National Team Award five of the last six years. The flying team, called Flying Salukis, won the first place in regional competition three years in a row (2007-2009), finished fifth in the nation in 2009, won the 2011 National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region VIII Championship, and finished third in the 2012 National Intercollegiate Flying Association flying competition. The Aviation program has 54 airplanes and 12 helicopters, including a large commercial Boeing 737 jet aircraft and multi-engine corporate jets. These modern jets are invaluable for aircraft and avionics maintenance training. Our School of Transportation is housed in a $63 million state-of-the-art Transportation Education Center (TEC) at the Southern Illinois Airport, including a 10,910 sqft Test Cell Building, 31,868 sqft Fleet Storage Building, and 185,910 sqft Education building with classrooms, laboratories, flight simulators and other modern equipment and facilities.

The School of Health Sciences provides students with theoretical knowledge, clinical training and decision-making skills relative to health care professions and careers. This School offers two graduate degree programs and four baccalaureate degree programs, three of which are the only baccalaureate programs in Illinois for the discipline, and one associate degree program. All programs are professionally accredited or certificated. The School maintains 600 educational affiliations for student clinical training throughout the country. 100% of 2009 Dental Hygiene graduates passed the national board exam on the first attempt, and a perfect passing rate in 2008 for the Dosimetry graduates as well.

The School of Architecture provides design education and vision from three perspectives: Architecture, Fashion Design and Merchandising, and Interior Design. The School of Information Systems and Applied Technologies prepares students for rewarding careers in Electronic Systems Technologies, Information System Technologies, Technical Resource Management, Public Safety Management, and Information Assurance.

The College is very active in the community. Our Architectural Studies students are involved in community projects to assess national historic sites for preservation and listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Volunteers from School of Architecture spent Spring Break 2012 providing Harrisburg and Ridgeway area families with designs to replace their homes that were damaged by the F4 tornado. Our award winning Community Dental Center has provided free care to over 5000 adults and children since 2002.

What do our alumni say about our programs? A recent survey indicated that they felt they were well prepared for their careers, and, that our instructors do a great job within and outside the classroom. Please also remember that our University is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University (high research activity), which places us among the top 4% of public US institutions for research. The US News and World Report ranks us in the top 100 Graduate Schools among public universities in the US, and recently awarded us as "BEST Graduate Schools." The St. Louis Business Journal ranks us in the top three of research universities in the Missouri and southern Illinois region. Princeton Review ranked us as one of the best universities in the Midwest and they described our University as Affordable and Diverse, noting a very Friendly and beautiful campus. You will get an excellent education at SIUC!

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Andy Ju An Wang, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
College of Applied Sciences and Arts
Southern Illinois University Carbondale