Significant Institutional Outcomes

January 2009 to December 2013

  1. Added 42 new certificate programs and 12 new degree programs.
  2. Twenty-two (22) academic programs received initial or reaffirmation of accreditation.
  3. Twenty (20) academic programs feed into 12 baccalaureate 3+1 programs that offer students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s degrees at the Glen Ellyn campus.
  4. 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.
  5. Twenty (20) 2+2 articulation agreements provide seamless transfer to university programs.
  6. Secured passage of $168 million capital referendum.
  7. Increased General Operating fund balance at the end of FY2013 by more than $86 million from $56.9 million at the end of FY2008. Additionally, created designated reserves of $52 million to address the potential funding of pensions becoming the responsibility of the College ($22 million); funding a portion of the IT Strategic Plan ($8 million); reserving the required matching funds for Capital Development Board funding ($6.2 million) and providing for the future maintenance of our existing physical plant ($16 million). Total Operating fund balance at November 30, 2013 as a percent of operating revenues was 84 percent with the unreserved portion of the fund balance as a percent of operating revenues at 53.8 percent.
  8. 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.
  9. Completed or have underway more than $550 million in campus improvements involving more than 1.5 million square feet of enhanced educational space, including the commencement of design of the new Homeland Security Training Institute. Earned Gold LEED certification for the Health and Science Center and Campus Maintenance Center, Silver LEED certification for the Technical Education Center and Seaton Computing Center; awaiting the level of LEED certification for Culinary and Hospitality Center and Homeland Security Education Center reaffirming the College’s commitment to energy efficient, sustainable building design, construction and operations.
  10. Constructed the nationally recognized Homeland Security Education Center to train first responders and to house the College's Criminal Justice and Fire Science programs, the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy and the COD Police Department.
  11. Reduced energy costs by 13.48 percent at COD while adding more than 630,000 square feet.
  12. Delivered an Enhanced Student Experience Implementation Plan (ReSET), which focused on student recruitment, student retention and customer service.
  13. From 2009 through 2013, COD has shown a 5.7 percent increase in headcount and a 3.3 percent increase in FTEs, significantly higher than the state-wide decreases of 8.6 percent in headcount and 8.6 percent in FTEs.
  14. Have addressed 36 of 54 Key Strategies of Enhanced Student Experience Implementation Plan (ESEIP) implemented to improve service excellence and increase student success.
  15. Transformed the physical appearance (curb appeal) of the campus.
  16. Introduced Presidential and Academic Scholars Program to attract academically enriched students. Increased high-achieving student enrollment through this program by 562% from 2010 to 2014.
  17. 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, the redesign of the College's website, and launch of complete rebranding of the institution.
  18. Introduced Business Solutions, a one-stop source for business training and development.
  19. Established the Career and Training Center at the Illinois Department of Employment Security in Lombard to conduct outreach and provide informational presentations to the unemployed and underemployed.
  20. Significantly reduced the number of grievances and conflict situations involving the College.
  21. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked College of DuPage as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars within its Carnegie Classification.
  22. Secured the College's standing as the largest provider of online course offerings among Illinois community colleges. From 2009-2013, increased Fall online enrollment by 53 percent, from a headcount of 3,775 to a headcount of 5,771.  
  23. Instituted Community Nights to enhance exchange of information between community leaders of District 502 and the College.
  24. Combined external program advisory committees into an annual event to further enhance communication between the community's business sector and the College.
  25. Completed implementation of $6 million Ellucian Datatel system, including the launch of the prospect and application management CRM Recruiter.
  26. Awarded $26.7 million in capital funding from the State of Illinois.
  27. Successfully negotiated four employee union contracts, several contract extensions and the addition of part-time advisors and counselors into the CODAA contract.
  28. Received over $23.2 million in grants in FY08, 09, 10, 11, 12 and 13.
  29. Implemented $2.3 million internal and external wayfinding to significantly increase safety, service and convenience for students and community.
  30. 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). 
  31. Developed and implemented Leadership Academy, professional development program to enhance employees’ effectiveness and capabilities in supporting the goals and tasks of the College.
  32. Redrafted and reformatted Board Policy Manual and Procedures.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 16th  consecutive year and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 20th consecutive year from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).
  36. Began publication of IMPACT, a College news magazine sent to more than 390,000 households in District 502.
  37. Redesigned the College’s website,, improving navigation for visitors.
  38. 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.
  39. Strengthened the College of DuPage Foundation with the addition of new leadership and staff, leading to FY 2013 total assets of $12.8 million.
  40. Ranked second nationally by the Institute for International Education for students enrolled in international programs in the both 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years.
  41. Named seventh safest community college campus in Illinois by
  42. 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.
  43. Increased participation in Dual Credit courses with area high schools 16.7% between 2009 and 2012, and 44 percent from fall 2012 to fall 2013.
  44. Hosted the IEMA joint command center in the Homeland Security Education Center for the 2012 Chicago NATO summit.
  45. Achieved a new high water mark with more than 80 percent courses being registered online in fall 2013.
  46. More than doubled the number of student scholarships awarded by the College of DuPage Foundation between 2009 and 2013 from 300 to more than 600.
  47. Reconstituted the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) adding value added development programs for faculty and staff.
  48. Developed and implemented Basic Service Excellence Training for all employees. 
  49. Developed quarterly skills building forums for supervisors to ensure consistent application of COD policies and procedures as well as the development of day-to-day supervisory skills.
  50. Introduced the Strengths Based Approach to Learning in the classroom and administration throughout the College.
  51. Developed and implemented New Employee Orientation programs for all employees.
  52. Developed and implemented Diversity training program for all employees serving on search committees.
  53. Increased number of Diversity recruitment sourcing mechanisms and participation in Diversity career fairs, including hosting fair at COD.
  54.  Revamped and implemented Employee Recognition Program - I Am COD Awards.
  55. Replaced manual employee recruiting process with efficient and user friendly on-line system.
  56. Identified VALIC as new Third Party Administrator for Deferred Compensation Plans to ensure COD meets fiduciary, audit and plan objectives. 
  57. Implemented on-line employee benefits enrollment process.
  58. Eliminated six-month waiting period for eligibility to participate in Dental/Vision plans.
  59. Engaged new Flexible Spending Account provider who is more cost effective, efficient and provides better service to employees.  
  60. Improved the integration of Adjunct Faculty with the addition of two Assistant Dean of Adjunct Faculty Support positions with improved services that include a more focused Adjunct Faculty recruitment process, the development of the New Adjunct Faculty Orientation Program and the implementation of Adjunct Faculty evaluations.
  61. Developed new Adjunct Faculty Lecturer positions which provide increased loads and health insurance.
  62. Created regular and ongoing employee engagement meetings i.e. Administrator Development meetings, Managerial Staff meetings, Classified Staff meetings, monthly Faculty Communication Committee meeting, monthly Constituency Leader Meeting.
  63. Restructured Shared Governance Council based on input from COD constituency groups.
  64. Facilitated the development and implementation of College practices regarding adherence to new legislation re: SURS Return to Work and The Affordable Care Act.
  65. Established College of DuPage as a “tobacco-free” campus on Aug. 6, 2012.
  66. Increased retention of students by 19 percent (fall-to-spring and 25 percent (fall-to-fall) through the implementation of a reformatted New Student Orientation program that focuses on Student Engagement and Retention.
  67. Retained commitment to intercollegiate football program amidst elimination of similar programs at other Illinois community colleges.
  68. Received the NATYCAA Cup (National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators) for recognition of excellence in two-year collegiate athletics based on success in championship competition.
  69. Implemented Graduation Initiative which identifies and notifies students when they have completed a degree or certificate.
  70. Recognized as a military-friendly school for five consecutive years—a designation received by only 15 percent of all colleges and universities nationwide.
  71. 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 Veteran Affairs.
  72. Implemented Campus Central as the main information hub for the Student Affairs Division and starting point for new students searching for information and services.
  73. Implemented the Pathways to Engineering program in Fall of 2012, a guaranteed admissions agreement with University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.
  74. Launched Enhance COD initiative, an opportunity for the College community to suggest ideas to improve the College and its operations.
  75. Established Waterleaf Restaurant and Inn at Waters Edge.
  76. Implemented Resources for Excellence grants through the Foundation – $100,000 available for innovative projects that address institutional priorities.
  77. Instituted equal percentage salary increases and tier 1 benefits for all employee groups.


Contact Information

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