The 2000s

Voters approved a $183 million bond issue in 2002 that provided funds for the upcoming renovation and rebuilding of the Glen Ellyn campus.

In the fall of 2003, the College’s Facilities Master Plan – originally conceived in 2001 – was updated and verified, with the Board of Trustees providing its approval in December of that year. The plan met 15 objectives, including the increase of classroom and student spaces, a stronger link between east and west campus, the replacement of the temporary buildings on the west side of campus, and minimizing the higher density and congestion on the east side of campus.

By the end of the decade, the Early Childhood Center, Health and Science Center, and Technical Education Center opened. Off-campus, the College opened the Carol Stream Regional Center in fall 2004.

During the tenure of Dr. Sunil Chand, who became the College’s fourth president in 2003, the institution was immersed in the historic academic calendar change from quarters to semesters. Years of planning and work were required for the change to a semester-based academic calendar. This included the conversion of all curriculum, records, publications and technology; creating new graduation requirements; and creating options such as 12-week and 8-week sessions within the semester to provide greater flexibility for students. An 18-month Strategic Communication Plan was implemented to guide students through the transition, and the historic first semester finally began on Aug. 31, 2005.

In 2008, College of DuPage received the maximum seven-year reaccreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education after following the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), which incorporated a review process designed to deliver clear, concrete and efficient feedback to participating institutions.

Photos of the 2000s

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Presidential candidate George W. Bush and College of DuPage President Dr. Michael T. Murphy greet one another during a campaign rally at College of DuPage in October 2000.


Patrick Nugent and Mary Drenthe appear in Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts,” a 2001 production staged by the Actors’ Theatre in the Studio, one of several student arts groups regularly performing at the McAninch Arts Center.


Students continue to receive the same high quality education after College of DuPage changed its academic calendar from quarters to semesters in 2005.


College of DuPage hosts several high-profile Town Hall meetings, with U.S. Senator and future President Barak Obama (above, right) and Illinois Senator Kirk Dillard (left, with College of DuPage President Dr. Sunil Chand) on campus in early 2006.


Opening in 2007, the Early Childhood Center is the first major facility constructed on campus in more than a decade.

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