Significant Institutional Outcomes

January 2009 to December 2012

  1. Added 38 new certificate programs and 11 new degree programs.
  2. Twenty-one (21) academic programs received initial or reaffirmation of accreditation.
  3. Secured passage of $168 million capital referendum.
  4. Increased unallocated fund balance by more than $46.5 million (to $98.2 million or 60.3% of the College’s operating budget). Additionally, created designated reserves of $36 million to address the potential funding of pensions becoming the responsibility of the College ($22 million); funding a portion of our IT Strategic Plan ($8 million) and providing for the maintenance of our existing physical plant ($6 million).
  5. Conceived of and implemented comprehensive Strategic Long-Range Planning process, resulting in annual production of integrated Strategic Long-Range Plan, Annual Plan, Outcomes Document, Fact Book and Financial Plan.
  6. Completed or have underway more than $550 million in campus improvements involving more than 1 million square feet of enhanced educational space.
  7. Earned LEED certification for the Health and Science Center (gold), Technology Education Center (silver), Culinary and Hospitality Center (silver expected), and Homeland Security Education Center (certified), reaffirming the College’s commitment to energy efficient, sustainable construction.
  8. Constructed the nationally recognized Homeland Security Education Center to train first responders and to house the College's Criminal Justice, Fire Science programs, the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy and the COD Police Department.
  9. Received the 2012 Illinois Council of Community College Administrators Innovation Award for the development of the new 3+1 Baccalaureate Completion program in partnership with area universities: Lewis, Governor's State, Benedictine, Concordia and Roosevelt.
  10. Delivered an Enhanced Student Experience Implementation Plan (ReSET), which focused on student recruitment, student retention and service excellence.
  11. From 2009 through 2012, COD has shown a 1.9 % increase in headcount and a 3.2 % increase in FTEs, significantly higher than the state-wide increases of 0.3% in headcount and 2.3% in FTEs.
  12. Transformed the physical appearance (curb appeal) of the campus.
  13. Introduced Presidential and Academic Scholars Program to attract academically enriched students.
  14. Strengthened the College's image within the District through the creation of an effective marketing enterprise, which includes the implementation of the "Unexpected" campaign, IMPACT magazine and the redesign of the College's website.
  15. Introduced Business Solutions, a one-stop source for business training and development.
  16. Significantly reduced the number of grievances and conflict situations involving the College.
  17. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked College of DuPage as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars within its Carnegie Classification.
  18. Secured the College's standing as the largest provider of online course offerings among Illinois community colleges.
  19. Instituted Community Nights to enhance exchange of information between community leaders of District 502 and the College.
  20. Combined external program advisory committees into an annual event to further enhance communication between the community's business sector and the College.
  21. Continued broad implementation of $6 million Datatel System.
  22. Awarded $26.7 million in capital funding from the State of Illinois.
  23. Successfully negotiated four employee union contracts.
  24. Received over $14 million in grants in FY08, 09, 10, 11 and 12.
  25. Implemented $2.3 million internal and external wayfinding to significantly increase safety, service and convenience for students and community.
  26. Personnel Assessment on the College Environmental (PACE) Survey placed the College’s overall score in the Consultative Leadership System Range (95% of all participating colleges fall into this range).
  27. Redrafted and reformatted Board Policy Manual and Procedures.
  28. Created College Tag Line: The Value of a Lifetime and refreshed the athletic logo. Additionally, commissioned fabrication of eight-foot bronze statue of the College’s mascot: the Chaparral.
  29. Maintained the College’s “Aaa/AAA” bond rating from Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, respectively, during one of the most challenging economic times in which Standard & Poor’s downgraded the credit rating of the United States to “AA+.” Additionally, received consistently unqualified clean audit opinions from external auditing company Crowe Horwath.
  30. Received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 15 consecutive years and Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 19 consecutive years from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
  31. Began publication of IMPACT, a College news magazine sent to more than 390,000 households in District 502.
  32. Redesigned the College’s website,, improving navigation for visitors.
  33. Awarded the Illinois Performance Excellence Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence, making the College only the sixth community college recipient of this award since its inception in 1996. The ILPEx award process is part of the College’s reaccreditation process through the Higher Learning Commission.
  34. Strengthened the College’s Foundation with the addition of new leadership and staff, leading to a FY 2012 total of nearly $3.1 million, the largest annual total in the foundation’s history.
  35. Ranked second nationally by the Institute for International Education for students enrolled in international programs in the 2010-2011 academic year.
  36. Named seventh safest community college campus in Illinois by
  37. Negotiated a new intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Glen Ellyn, ending a 20-year dispute regarding jurisdiction over capital construction and establishing DuPage County as overseer of all future capital projects on campus.
  38. Cited by “G.I Jobs” in its list of military-friendly schools—a designation received by only 15 percent of all colleges and universities nationwide.
  39. Received the Governor’s Award for Academic Excellence in serving veterans, making the College of DuPage the first community college recipient of this award from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.


Contact Information

Office of the President
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn IL 60137