Spring 2014 Issue | By Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University
President Arthur Vailas
Spring is an exciting time for our Bengal community. I particularly enjoy congratulating graduates as they prepare to head out into the world, and I am excited to meet our future students during their campus visits.
Our students have nearly infinite possibilities, from professional technical education to post-doctoral research opportunities. With hundreds of academic offerings to choose from, ISU is ensuring that students achieve their dreams. We are dedicated to meeting the Idaho State Board of Education's goal that 60 percent of Idahoans ages 25-34 will have a degree or certificate by 2020. You can read about how Idahoans are taking advantage of our extensive breadth of program offerings on page 18.
At ISU, we are committed to keeping college affordable. With rising costs and changing funding sources, tuition increases are inevitable, but our goal is to ensure that higher education is still achievable for all of our bright, driven students. We strive to provide scholarships and financial assistance to help everyone achieve their potential.
This spring, the Idaho State Board of Education approved the University's request for a 3.5 percent tuition and fee increase, the lowest increase of any of Idaho's research universities, and the lowest at ISU in 26 years. We understand our students' financial challenges and have designed our Career Path Internship program to assist them with financing their education.
The Career Path Internship program, now in its third year, offers paid work experience to hundreds of students. I believe students are better able to succeed in the workforce because of this opportunity to work with professionals in their chosen field. This program pays students to work and learn both on campus and out in the community. You can read more about this innovative program on page 13.
As always, I am optimistic about ISU's future, and I'm thankful for the support you provide to our institution and our students. Thank you for all you do for ISU!