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Project 165 Celebrates College’s history, recent success and future

Monday, July 11, 2011  
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For Immediate Release July 11, 2011

Contact: Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., – Rockford College announced today the launching of Project 165 – a focused year-long initiative that pays tribute to the college’s 165-year history which will be marked in February 2012. Work to be completed as part of Project 165 provides $1.6 million in capital improvements to the campus. Additionally, Project 165 recognizes the successes over the past six years that have positioned the College for increased growth in line with the three strategies of its current strategic plan:
  • To position the college through academic programs designed to expand its academic reputation.
  • To distinguish the college through its commitment to the whole student experience
  • To distinguish the college through stewardship of its assets.
Since the spring of 2005, freshman enrollment is up 15 percent; transfer student enrollment has increased 50 percent; credit hours in the teaching and business master’s programs are up 9.8 and 5.8 percent respectively; credits taken in the Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSMS adult degree completion program) are up almost 33 percent; total net assets have increased nearly $8 million; liabilities have decreased significantly; and the college is entering its sixth consecutive academic year with a balanced budget.

President Robert L. Head, Ph.D., says, "The Rockford College family has worked incredibly hard over the past several years, and continues to do so, to make Rockford College a stronger and healthier college. Project 165 honors our legacy, takes time to recognize our successes, and firmly sets our course for continued growth.”

The announcement of Project 165 was made as major road reconstruction and resurfacing commenced on the campus. The road work is part of the planned $1.6 million in improvements to be completed in the coming 2011 – 2012 academic year. Other work includes the acquisition of a lighting control and dimming system for Maddox and Cheek Theatres in the Clark Arts Center ; the acquisition and installation of a 30 unit computer lab to support the nursing program that has experienced a doubling in enrollment in the last three years; the renovation of the Jane Addams Peace Garden, including all new plantings and the installation of brick walkways and a peace pole; the renovation of three of the oldest residence halls on campus to include all new surfaces, finishes and furnishings, air-conditioning and fire suppression systems; and the overhaul of all roads and parking lots on campus.

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