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Institutional Member Spotlight – Governors State University

June 01, 2015 12:39 PM | Anonymous


Institutional Representative:
 Amy Barsha, Executive Director

ACHE: Tell us something unique about your institution’s history or the history of your department.

AB: 2014 was a transformational year at Governors State University. Building on more than 40 years of academic excellence, GSU became a full-service university. Starting with the fall 2014 semester, GSU transformed from an upper division university that served transfer undergraduates and graduate students to a comprehensive public university that serves all levels, from beginning undergraduate to doctoral degrees. With the arrival of freshmen came many other exciting changes: new housing on campus, new programs of study, a new athletics program and the opening of the renovated science wing in E and F buildings, just to name a few.

ACHE: Are there any recognitions or awards that your university would like to share?

AB: * Designation as Military Friendly Institution

* ACE gave the 2014 Donna Shavlik Award to Governors State University (IL) President Elaine P. Maimon​, a longtime leader in strengthening higher education through inclusion and diversity. More information on link below.

* April 14 marked a significant milestone in the history of GSU Athletics, as the university was accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

ACHE: Are there any programs that your unit is working on that you would like to share?

The Knowledge Exchange (TKE) at Governors State University (GSU) is a continuing education program at the School of Extended Learning. Designed for the retired and semi-retired, this lifelong learning program meets on Fridays during 8-week long fall, winter and spring sessions offering full length courses as well as workshops and Lunch and Learn presentations.
Courses are non-credit and peer led by a team of dedicated volunteers made up of community members, GSU faculty and alumni. A volunteer Advisory Committee made up of Exchange leaders and students assists in overseeing the curriculum and sustaining quality programming. Topics vary according to course content and include: History, Science, Law, Liberal Arts, Current Events, Music, Philosophy and Special Expertise with lively discussions not only in the classroom but during the lunch period which serves as a great time to enjoy lunch with other Exchange students, continue classroom discussions and share other classroom experiences.
Participants of The Knowledge Exchange enjoy a relaxed and friendly environment on the GSU campus and have formed a community of shared learning, social interaction and the free exchange of opinions and ideas.

Visit TKE at

ACHE: What are some goals that your unit wants to reach in the future? (New expanded Markets or Programs ect…?)

AB: Fully functional testing center for students and community members

Use technology as a tool in GSU’s overall efforts to create a virtual public square that serves our regional community

Act as an economic catalyst in the region

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