1. What is the institution’s historical context?
What James Millikin envisioned when he founded the University in 1901 was unique: the University would embrace the “practical” side of learning along with the “literary and classical.” In addition, while affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, it would not be narrowly “sectarian” and would remain open to all. The result is one of the nation’s first small, comprehensive universities that, nearly a century later, has four colleges and schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Professional Studies, and the Tabor School of Business.
Millikin University has been true to its founding vision for 100 years. Our students learn through real-world projects that reinforce classroom experiences, help develop practical skills, and serve the global community. They learn to see connections with other academic disciplines and understand the diversity of human experience, the interactions between technology and society. And they learn about themselves and others, developing a respect for differences and for the dignity of all.
2. What is the institution’s mission?
Millikin University’s mission is to deliver on the promise of education. We challenge minds and change lives. More specifically, we prepare students for professional success, democratic citizenship in a global environment, and a personal life of meaning and value. The board, faculty and entire Millikin University community have adopted and embraced these statements. Millikin’s mission documents clearly articulate its mission, indicate its strong commitment to high academic standards and state three major learning goals to be achieved by all students. Campus signage, publications and presentations are among the many examples of how these are articulated.
3 What are the institution’s characteristics and type of institution such as private, land grant or HBI; location?
Millikin University is a small, private, comprehensive university located in Decatur, Illinois. Millikin University opened its doors to students in 1903 and has been accredited by the North Central Association since 1914. For the 15th straight year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has named Millikin University as one of the best colleges in the Midwest. Millikin is ranked 17th in the Midwest in the Best Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s category in 2005. Employers and graduate schools continue to prize Millikin graduates. In fact, in 2005 99% of Millikin graduates gained employment or entered graduate/professional school within six months of graduation.
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