The University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) is a public university in Springfield, Illinois, USA. The university was established in 1969 as Sangamon State University by the Illinois General Assembly and have become an area of the University of Illinois system on Dominion Day, 1995. As a public humanistic discipline faculty, and therefore the newest field within the University of Illinois system, UIS may be a member of the Council of Public humanistic discipline faculties. UIS is additionally a part of the Yankee Association of State faculties and Universities (AASCU) and therefore the Yankee Council on Education. The campus main repository, Brookens Library, holds a group of nearly 800,000 books and serials- additionally to accessible resources at the University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campuses. The University of Illinois at Springfield is found six miles southeast of Springfield, occupying 740 acres of grassland land adjacent to Lake Springfield and Lincoln Land junior college. In 1841, the land was non heritable by [Thomas Strawbridge Jr.], a prosperous shaper and harness maker in Springfield. The Thomas Strawbridge homestead, created around 1845, still stands on the south fringe of the University of Illinois at Springfield field and is presently being repaired. Today, there are 3 simply recognizable areas on campus: inheritance field, SSU Permanent Construction, and therefore the University of Illinois era. The first permanent construction on campus, Brookens Library and the Public Affairs Center, was completed in Fall of 1972. These buildings were the first part of a master plan that called for an "urban campus" surrounded by restored prairie land, free of all vehicular traffic and easily navigable by pedestrians. All permanent campus buildings would be located within a "ring road", now known as University Drive. UIS is classified in the US News and World Report rankings as a "Regional University", which is a school that provides "a full range of undergraduate programs some masters level programs few, if any, doctoral programs." In the 2014 US News "Best Colleges" rankings, UIS ranked #8 in Top Public Schools (Midwest region) and #36 in Regional Universities (Midwest). ("National Universities" within Illinois, such as UIUC, NIU, ISU, and SIUC, are not ranked against UIS and other Regional Universities.). Total enrollment: 5,428 (fall 2016), Undergraduate students: 2,959 (55%), Graduate students: 2,469 (44%), Full-time: 56%, Part-time: 44%, Male: 52%, Female: 48%. James Ermatinger serves as the Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. The VCAA/Provost oversees academic and budgetary policy and priorities, ensures the quality of the faculty and student body, and helps to maintain educational excellence. UIS is committed to honesty, trust, and mutual respect. This is an academic community founded on the search for knowledge…at the heart of that search is personal honesty that makes possible an open and vibrant exchange of ideas.