ISU Magazine

Volume 40 | Number 2 | Spring/Summer 2010

Campus Shot

Hutchinson Quadrangle in the summer.

Photo by ISU Photographic Services/Susan Duncan

Idaho State University Continues to Lead, Gain and Achieve

Spring 2010 Issue | By Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University

President Arthur C. Vailas

Itís no secret that, across the country, times have been uncertain economically. But even in a recession that has been especially difficult for higher education, Iím proud to say Idaho State University has excelled.

More people are looking to Idaho State University as their source for a quality education. In fall 2009, a record-breaking 15,500 students were enrolled at ISU. Enrollment has risen 12 percent in the past five years.

We are the choice for scholars at all levels. A record number of students are using our Early College Program to jumpstart their education with college courses taught at their high school or online. More graduate students are bringing their knowledge, research and quest for learning to our campus than any other institution in the state.

Itís not surprising that so many are choosing us. Our faculty members are bringing national and international acclaim to ISU through their research. In this issue of Idaho State University Magazine, youíll read about researchers Joshua Pak and Renť Rodriguezís work on precision nanoparticles. Their efforts landed them a prestigious 2009 Idaho Innovation Award, and their research was named one of the top 100 innovations of the year nationally by R&D Magazine. Perhaps even more importantly, their work has the potential to make building solar panels more efficient and economical.

Itís just one of many of stories of successful and groundbreaking research happening at Idaho State University in the fields of health care, energy and the environment.

Along with making new discoveries, our faculty members are working hard to train the next generation. Our clinical psychology doctoral program is ranked first among 207 programs in the nation. We boast a 100 percent pass rate for national exams in many of programs, from dental hygiene to pharmacy. ISU has more operating accelerators than any university in the country, allowing for greater graduate research.

At Idaho State University, we are poised and ready for the future. I welcome you to take a look inside this issue and learn about what weíre doing today.