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Millikin University today announced the selection of Dr. Jeffery P. Aper as Millikin University's provost. The appointment is effective July 1, 2014.

Dr. Aper is currently serving his 12th year as provost at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill. During his tenure at Blackburn, Dr. Aper has had general oversight of academic, athletic, student life, and student-managed work programs. Additional areas of responsibility at Blackburn include institutional research, technology services, enrollment services, advising services, and retention initiatives. Dr. Aper also served as interim chief financial officer from 2007-2008.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Aper to Millikin to serve as Provost," said Millikin University President Dr. Patrick E. White. "Jeff Aper has long had a deep commitment to experiential learning, and he will be a great asset as we shape and articulate Millikin's Performance Learning to an ever wider audience. He brings to the opportunities and challenges Millikin faces at this time an engaging personality and an analytic mind as well as experience in assessment, budgeting, and leadership."

Prior to his work at Blackburn, Dr. Aper served as associate professor of education leadership and policy studies at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville from 1994 - 2002. There he taught graduate courses in higher education leadership, educational administration, and research methods. He also advised graduate students, including chairing master's thesis and doctoral committees. Dr. Aper also served as leader of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Unit. As director of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville Graduate Center at UT-Chattanooga, he had overall responsibility for UT-Knoxville doctoral programs offered on the UT-Chattanooga campus.

"I'm very glad and excited at this opportunity to join Millikin University as Provost," said Dr. Aper. "Millikin has a proud history of high quality and innovative programs, and the long-standing commitment to Performance Learning adds extraordinary opportunities for student learning and development. I look forward to my work with President White and all of the members of the Millikin community in advancing the mission and purposes of the University in the years ahead."

Earlier in his career, Dr. Aper was assistant professor of educational administration and higher education at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale from 1990 – 1993. He taught graduate courses in higher education administration, educational administration, and research methods. Dr. Aper was also responsible for general oversight of the Organization and Administration Master's Program.

"Dr. Jeffery Aper is an excellent choice for Millikin's next Provost," said Dr. Deborah Slayton, dean of the College of Professional Studies, and Dr. Michael O'Conner, associate professor, Department of English, co-chairs of the Millikin University Provost Search Committee. "Jeff is astute in his analysis of data and has strong fiscal experience with oversight of diverse academic and non-academic areas. It is also apparent that Jeff has embraced our commitment to Performance Learning and clearly values the excellence of the academic enterprise at Millikin. We are excited to welcome him and his wife, Sandy, to campus and we look forward to the academic leadership that Dr. Aper will provide."

A 1978 graduate of Blackburn College, Dr. Aper received a Bachelor of Arts in social science. He earned a Master of Arts in environmental studies from the University of Illinois – Springfield in 1981, and a Ph.D. in educational research, evaluation, and policy studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., in 1989.

President White praised the work of the 12-member Provost Search Committee. "The Committee carefully reviewed over 60 applications. Then we conducted interviews with seven highly qualified semifinalists over two days in Chicago before bringing two finalists to campus for final interviews. The professionalism, wisdom, and commitment of the Committee directly shaped and led this successful search."

Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features "Performance Learning," a unique learning approach offering students the chance to build the confidence to succeed before and after graduation. Millikin offers more than 50 majors in the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Tabor School of Business, and is located on a 75-acre residential campus in Decatur, Ill. Last year, 99 percent of Millikin graduates gained employment or admission into professional/graduate school within six months of graduation. More information is available at millikin.edu.

Millikin University is pleased to announce that registration for Millikin Summer Immersion courses will begin on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The catalog of Summer Immersion course offerings is currently available online at www.millikin.edu/immersion.

Summer Immersion provides opportunities for students to earn credits during summer break and complete challenging courses with great topics. Summer Immersion is designed to fit the needs of current Millikin students, incoming first-year students, adult learners, students attending other universities, and high school students wanting to gain credits in escrow.

"At Millikin, we love the fact that during summer immersion courses our faculty can explore new approaches and teach new topics," said Dr. Randy Brooks, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. "The students get to learn in a variety of ways, whether it's behind the wheel of a car or online. The students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in several explorations."

A wide range of classes are offered with a variety of different subjects covered. This year's program also offers hybrid online and several travel courses, including the following.

Chemistry of Art
Class Dates: June 2 – July 3

This course is a laboratory-centered course for non-majors in which the fundamental concepts in chemistry will be investigated within the framework of their relevance to art. This course will explore the concepts of light, elements, organic and inorganic compounds, solubility, pH, chemical reactions, and more.

Introduction to Driver's Education
Class Dates: May 19 – 24 (Hybrid Online)
Meeting Days: Monday, May 19, 9 a.m. & Online

This online course covers the basic knowledge of safe and responsible driving techniques including vehicle control, driving environments, and emergencies. This course is the first requirement for the new Illinois Board of Education's Driver Education endorsement curriculum.

Baseball in America
Class Dates: May 19 – 30

Baseball in America will study the development of the game as it influences the history and culture of the United States. The class will look closely at the history of the game and focus on specific issues that have affected American life. Students in this class will travel to Peoria, Ill., on May 28 to attend a Peoria Chiefs Single-A Minor League baseball game and interview players.

Civil Rights, Then and Now: Retracing the Steps of the 1961 Freedom Rides
Class Dates: May 19 – June 1

This travel course on civil rights offers students the unique opportunity to learn about the civil rights movement, community organizing, allyship, and student activism. Students will retrace the steps of the monumental 1961 Freedom Rides through several historical southern cities: Nashville, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., Montgomery, Ala., Selma, Ala., Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn. Students will travel to various landmarks, museums and other educational sites to foster dialogue and learning.

Millikin is offering discounted tuition for summer courses. Individuals may register via phone at 217.424.6205 or by fax at 217.420.6789. Registration forms are available online at www.millikin.edu/immersion and in the Registrar's Office, located in Gorin Hall, Room 16, on Millikin University's campus.

Millikin University encourages students and adults to take advantage of Summer Immersion and develop new skills and concentrate on required courses. This unique opportunity can enable students to graduate early, improve grade point average, or provide a great experience.
Millikin University's Center for International Education (CIE) has pledged to join the Institute of International Education's (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade.

The Center for International Education has proudly committed to a pledge of increasing Millikin University's study abroad enrollment to a total of 18 percent by the end of the decade. In the coming months and years, the CIE also pledges to expand activities and services for education abroad through the launching of new initiatives, scholarships, alumni contacts, and services.

Leading up to IIE's centennial celebration in 2019, Generation Study Abroad will engage educators at all levels and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to drive meaningful, innovative action to increase the number of U.S. students who have the opportunity to gain international experience through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service learning and non-credit educational experiences. Millikin University is among the lead partners who have committed to specific, measurable actions that will help reach this ambitious goal; the result will be thousands more American students graduating with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world.

Building on its nearly 100-year commitment to study abroad, IIE has committed $2 million of its own funds to this initiative over the next five years.

"Making this pledge to the Institute of International Education to double our study abroad enrollment is a logical next step for further internationalization on Millikin's campus," said Carmen Aravena, director of Millikin's Center for International Education. "We truly want to prepare our students for democratic leadership in a global society, and making a commitment that pushes our mission onto more students will undoubtedly have lasting positive effects on the general student population."

More than 150 higher education institutions from 41 U.S. states have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Commitment, including large state and private universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and historically black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and several foreign governments, as well as key higher education associations and study abroad provider organizations, have also pledged to support the goals of the initiative. Recognizing the importance of an internationally focused workforce, IIE is also actively seeking the participation of corporations and the business community.

"Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise," says Dr. Allan Goodman, president of IIE. "Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders."

IIE is launching Generation Study Abroad because the number and proportion of today's students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point in their academic career. According to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange released by IIE last November with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 295,000 students studied abroad in 2011-12 in credit-bearing and non-credit programs. Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad so that the annual total reported will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade.

Jacob Cushing, Millikin coordinator of International Student Services says, "Pledging to increase Millikin's study abroad enrollment is a wonderful way to show our community that an international education is not only important, but necessary to be fully prepared in our global society."

For more information on IIE's Generation Study Abroad initiative, and a complete list of commitment partners, visit www.iie.org/generationstudyabroad.

Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features "performance learning," a unique learning approach offering students the chance to build the confidence to succeed before and after graduation. Students choose from more than 50 majors from the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Tabor School of Business. Millikin is located on a 75-acre residential campus in Decatur, Ill. Last year, 99 percent of Millikin graduates gained employment or admission into professional/graduate school within six months of graduation. More information is available at www.millikin.edu.

Millikin University welcomes Photo Finish Records recording artist 3OH!3 to the Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Friday, March 21, at 8 p.m. for the annual University Center Board (UCB) Big Event.

An American electropop duo from Boulder, Colo., 3OH!3 consists of members Nathaniel Motte and Sean Foreman. Motte and Foreman started the group in 2004 and named it after the 303 area code of Boulder. The group released their self-titled album "3OH!3" in 2007 and it produced the hit single "Electroshock." The group then signed to Photo Finish Records.

3OH!3's second album "Want" was released on July 8, 2008, and it produced the single "Don't Trust Me" which reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. Their second single from the album, a remix of the song "Starstrukk" featuring Katy Perry, was a top ten hit in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Poland, and Australia. The album charted on the Billboard 200 and reached a peak position of number 44.

The group's third studio album "Streets of Gold" was released on June 29, 2010, which included the first single "My First Kiss" featuring Kesha. The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 with 41,000 copies sold in its first week. The duo released their fourth studio album "Omens" on June 18, 2013, debuting at number 81 on the Billboard 200. The group has had 15 million single downloads worldwide throughout their career.

For more information on 3OH!3, visit www.3oh3music.com.

The UCB is Millikin University's student-run programming board, comprised of 12 student executive board members and staff advisors with the responsibility to plan, promote, execute, and evaluate student events and activities. UCB plans a variety of annual events for students to enjoy including Fall Family Weekend, the Pancake Breakfast, Millipalooza, and Springfest. In addition, the UCB brings a nationally recognized band to campus each spring to entertain the community. Past artists have included Motion City Soundtrack, All Time Low, Sara Bareilles, OneRepublic, The Roots, O.A.R., and Jason Mraz.

Visit the University Center Board on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ucbmillikin or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ucbmillikin.

In order to maintain appropriate decorum and an atmosphere that encourages respect, Kirkland Fine Arts Center asks patrons to honor the following requests:

• All bags are subject to search
• No photography, audio taping, or videography
• No alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, or smoking of any kind
• No re-admittance once inside the theater

Patrons who do not follow the above requests or those who display inappropriate or illegal behavior will be ejected from the facility.

Tickets for the event are $20 for the general public and $15 for Millikin University faculty & staff. Millikin University students will receive one free ticket and can purchase five additional tickets for $15 each. Tickets may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at www.kirklandfinearts.com. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Box Office orders. Kirkland Box Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 17, Millikin University students can pick up their free ticket. Starting Monday, Feb. 24, Millikin University faculty & staff can purchase their $15 ticket. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 3.

For more information on Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit www.kirklandfinearts.com. Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.
Millikin University is pleased to announce its celebration of Black History Month. The theme for 2014 is "The Art of Black Culture."

Black History Month originated in 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson promoted what was known as "Negro History Week" in an effort to educate people about the accomplishments of African-Americans. In 1976, the celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February, the birth month of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. Black History Month is celebrated to remember important individuals and events in African-American history.

Millikin University's celebration of Black History Month includes a number of events sponsored by University departments and organizations. Millikin's celebration of Black History Month includes the following events:

Thursday, Feb. 6

Opening Dinner: A Night of the Arts
6 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center (RTUC)

Come and celebrate the start of Black History Month with student performances featuring readings, poetry, song, and dance honoring African-American artists of history.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

"Good Hair" Documentary
7 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Learn about the differences of hair from this informative documentary as Chris Rock explores this topic with humor.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Grandma's Greens
7 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Learn about the culture of greens and have the opportunity to sample many different versions as Ezette Banks leads a cooking demo during this special event.

Friday, Feb. 21

"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf"
7 p.m., Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall, co-sponsored by the Millikin Department of Theatre & Dance

This script by Ntozake Shange, expresses many struggles and obstacles that African-American women may face throughout their lives. The performance, directed by Thomas Robson, Millikin assistant professor of theatre, will feature Millikin student actors.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Black History Month Closing Dinner
6 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center, sponsored by the Millikin School of Education

This event, sponsored by the Millikin School of Education, will honor the end of Black History Month with students from Dennis Lab School. The event will also feature a catered meal, as well as gospel singers.

For more information, please contact the Millikin Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217.424.6335 or via e-mail at ise@millikin.edu.
Millikin University will celebrate the life of civil rights visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the 5th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. in Pilling Chapel on Millikin University's campus. The theme for this year's candlelight vigil is "Share Your Dream, Live Your Dream."

The event will start with a meditation from various spiritual leaders in the community and the lighting of the candles. Participants will proceed to the lower level of Richards Treat University Center (RTUC) where the program will reconvene at 6:30 p.m.

The featured speaker for the program is Dr. Anne M. Matthews, Millikin associate professor of English. Dr. Matthews specializes in autoethnography, African-American literature, multicultural literature, and first-year composition. Before arriving at Millikin in 2003, she taught at the University of Missouri-Rolla and at Lane College, a historically black college in Jackson, Tenn. It was at Lane College that Dr. Matthews began to integrate her academic work with her passion for social justice, and she has continued on this path at Millikin, both in the classroom and in her autoethnographic research.

In recognition of her dedication to undergraduate students, Dr. Matthews has won numerous teaching awards throughout her career, including Millikin University's 2008 Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.

The candlelight vigil is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by the Millikin Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, Student Senate, and the Multicultural Student Council.

If inclement weather occurs, the candlelight vigil will begin at 6 p.m. in Lower Richards Treat University Center.

For further information on the candlelight vigil, please contact the Millikin Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217.424.6335 or via e-mail at ise@millikin.edu.
Millikin University will honor approximately 130 graduates at the 2013 Winter Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Graduates from Millikin's traditional undergraduate program, evening degree completion program (PACE), and the Master of Science in Nursing program will be honored during the ceremony.

Dr. Betty J. Horton, Ph.D., CRNA, FAAN, will deliver the commencement address. Student speakers include Jonathan M. Williamsen II of Beecher, Ill., who will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in human services with a Spanish minor; and Tiffany Kloeppel of Savoy, Ill., who will be graduating from the nurse anesthesia track of the Master of Science in Nursing program.

The ceremony will feature musical performances by Millikin University's Guitar Ensemble I, under the direction of Manley T. Mallard, Millikin associate professor of music; and Millikin University's Chamber Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Guy Forbes, Millikin professor of music.

Dr. Horton is a native of Decatur, Ill., where she graduated from Decatur High School, Macon County Hospital's School of Nursing, and Decatur Memorial Hospital's School for Nurse Anesthetists. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978, a Master of Arts degree in adult education in 1980, and a Master of Science degree in nursing in 1993. She also holds a Ph.D. from Rush University in Chicago.

Dr. Horton was employed as director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program in Decatur for many years. In 1990, she became the director of Accreditation and Education for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). During her tenure with the accrediting agency, she was instrumental in transitioning education programs from the certificate to master's degree level.

During her career, Dr. Horton has worked as a consultant to universities (including a feasibility study for a nurse anesthesia program at Millikin University), nurse anesthesia programs, and organizations on education and accreditation matters both nationally and internationally. In addition to her current consulting business, Dr. Horton is an author of numerous publications and a frequent speaker at professional meetings.

For more information on the 2013 Winter Commencement ceremony, please visit www.millikin.edu/wintercommencement.
Millikin University is now home to an official university police department.

Previously known as the Office of Safety and Security, the department is now known as the Department of Public Safety. This new department encompasses the police, security, risk management, parking, and environmental health & safety for the campus. The creation of a university police department was approved by Millikin's Board of Trustees in May 2013 in order to augment the University's efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for the campus community. The decision was not based on any particular issue, but rather was intended to improve the overall professionalism and service capabilities of the University's safety and security team.

The new Department of Public Safety is headed by Chris Ballard, director of public safety/chief of police. Ballard previously served as a police officer and police sergeant for the City of Champaign (1997-2006) and as a City of Decatur firefighter/EMT (2008-2011) before joining the Millikin University Safety and Security team as assistant director in 2011. Captain David Beasley will join the University in November as the assistant director of public safety/deputy chief of police after 28 years of service with the Illinois State Police. Beasley is currently serving as the district commander of Illinois State Police District 10 in Pesotum, Ill. It is anticipated that two additional police officers will join the department in January 2014. These officers will patrol the core campus area and oversee the proprietary security team.

Decatur Police and Millikin University Public Safety have agreed to a memorandum of understanding highlighting how the new campus police will supplement, not replace, the existing police services provided by Decatur Police. Decatur Police have been very supportive of this concept since the idea was first brought to them in January. Decatur Police have also agreed to provide dispatching services via their communication center to the new police department.

"Millikin University is fortunate to have a great partner in the City of Decatur in providing a safe and secure campus community," said Chris Ballard. "The addition of professional law enforcement to the campus will allow for more efficient and timely handling of a variety of issues and should simplify compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act and the Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act."

Established under the Illinois Private College Campus Police Act, University Police Officers have the same legal authority within their home counties as municipal and county police officers and deputies. They can enforce all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances in addition to utilizing internal University processes for certain conduct violations. University police officers are also empowered to enforce the Illinois Vehicle Code on streets contiguous with their campus properties. When on duty, Millikin University Police will primarily respond to University-owned and controlled properties only. If Millikin University Police are not on duty, Decatur Police will respond as appropriate. Millikin's memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Decatur Police does provide for a patrol area around Millikin's core west end campus. Within this area, Millikin University Police can and will respond to assist Decatur Police at non-university property if requested or to immediately preserve life and property. The campus community and neighbors will begin seeing University Police patrol activity in the coming weeks. As this program is implemented over the next few months, the campus community and neighbors should begin noticing a more visible campus police presence in early 2014.

While this is a significant change, it should be noted that Millikin University is not unique in utilizing university police to improve the safety of its campus. Other private universities, including Lewis University and North Park University, have utilized similar organizations to secure their campuses.

For more information on the Millikin University Department of Public Safety, visit www.millikin.edu/publicsafety.

Millikin University will host its 11th Annual Literary Festival and High School Writing Contest Nov. 8-9, 2013. The 2013 Literary Festival is open to high school and college students and the general public. The festival includes workshops, readings and sessions with featured writers. The event gives participants the opportunity to work directly with professional writers and receive feedback.

The 2013 Literary Festival will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 in Pilling Chapel on Millikin University's campus. The festival will continue on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. with sessions in Pilling Chapel and workshops in Shilling Hall, Rooms 315 and 316.

The Literary Festival will feature a High School Writing Contest where students will have the opportunity to win scholarships to Millikin University. Millikin Scholarships will be awarded to the top three winners. Literary Festival featured writers include Eric Lundgren and Patrick Moran as well as returning Millikin alumna writer Katie Schmid Henson '06.

Eric Lundgren grew up in Minneapolis, Minn., studied at Lewis & Clark College, and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., where he received a third year fellowship. His work has appeared in Tin House, Quarterly West, and Hayden's Ferry Review. His first novel, "The Facades," was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for fall 2013.

Patrick Moran is a 1995 graduate of the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is the author of four books of poetry: "Tell a Pitiful Story," "Doppelgangster," "The Book of Lost Things," and "Rumors of Organized Crime," which won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Prize. His poems and essays have appeared in many journals including Prairie Schooner, Boston Review, The New Republic and The Greensboro Review. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Katie Schmid Henson's work has been published in Quarterly West, Hot Metal Bridge, Event Magazine, and Best New Poets 2009. Her manuscript recently took second place in the Santa Fe Writer's Project Poetry Awards. She received her master's degree from the University of Wyoming and won the University's Outstanding Thesis Award in 2011. Currently, she is a visiting lecturer in the Millikin University English Department.

Current Millikin faculty members and writers will also take part in the festival. Individuals interested in participating in the 2013 Literary Festival should contact Dr. Stephen Frech, Millikin associate professor of English, at 217.362.6473 or via e-mail at sfrech@millikin.edu.

For further information on the Millikin Literary Festival and High School Writing Contest, visit www.millikin.edu/literaryfestival.


Millikin University's Office of Admission website is among the most highly rated in the country, scoring in the top 100 of all sites rated, according to a recent report from the National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA). The site was recognized in NRCCUA's 15th annual My College Options Enrollment Power Index (EPI), an analysis of admissions websites of nearly 3,000 colleges and universities.

Dr. Patrick E. White, president of Millikin University, says "This high rating from the NRCCUA recognizes Millikin University's success in communicating with today's prospective students – smart, tech savvy people of all ages who want clear information and easy access to the one-on-one personal contact that is a trademark of a Millikin education."

Millikin University's Office of Admission website received an "A" grade. Only 160 schools received such a high grade card putting Millikin University in the top 5 percent of all college websites.

MyCollegeOptions.org is the nation's largest online college planning program. Every summer, its staff of college admissions and internet experts conducts a research-based analysis that measures how well college and university websites provide information to prospective students to assist them through the application process. Of the post-secondary institutions whose sites were graded, less than 45 percent earned a score of A or B.

The study grades institutions on a 100 point scale, including functionality, design and technology components. The criteria for the study is reviewed and updated annually by internal experts as well as current high school students. Statistical tests are used to determine the specific EPI criteria to be used and their relative importance to students in college planning. This year's study examined 36 criteria in four main categories:

• Ability to Find Desired Information
• Personal Contact with Admissions Staff and Students
• Online Interactive Tools
• Website Design and Navigation

President White added, "Everyone at the University and a broad sweep of our alumni are working hard to communicate to students ready to make the most of Millikin's excellence in performance learning. We are happy to have the recognition of our strength in communicating our important message to today's students."

Additional information on the EPI study is available at www.nrccua.org/epi-report.

My College Options is the nation's largest college planning program and is operated by the National Research Center for College & University Admissions.

Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of approximately 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features "performance learning," a unique learning approach offering students the chance to build the confidence to succeed before and after graduation. Students choose from more than 50 majors from the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Tabor School of Business. Millikin is located on a 75-acre residential campus in Decatur, Ill. Last year, 98 percent of Millikin graduates gained employment or admission into professional/graduate school within six months of graduation. More information is available at www.millikin.edu.
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