IU launches seven year plan, what this means for IUPUI

<p>Photo courtesy of Liz Kaye | Indiana University</p>

Photo courtesy of Liz Kaye | Indiana University

Last Fall, Indiana University and Purdue University announced that the IUPUI campus would be splitting in two by Fall of 2024. In early April, the Indiana University Board of Trustees approved a seven-year plan for all their campuses, including the soon to be Indiana University-Indianapolis campus, which will be officially known as IUI, to give students an idea of what the future holds. 

This seven year strategic plan lays the groundwork of what IUI’s goals are, divided into three pillars; Student Success and Opportunity, Transformative Research and Creative, and Service to our State and Beyond.  

According to the IUI specific plan for student success, the university plans to strengthen student enrollment in both undergraduate and graduate programs through new academic programs and increase financial aid. A new program will be created that offers qualifying students in the School of Science a direct pathway into the School of Medicine and a new computer science program will be established in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. They will also work towards implementing internships, service learning, and research into every undergraduate degree program. The university hopes it will elevate career costumes for every student.

Although Purdue University and Indiana University will split, they will continue collaborating. Both universities will work together to establish a new biosciences engineering institute and the goal is to grow research funding for this new institute. The university also plans to increase the number of tenure-track promotions with a diversity, equity and inclusion pathway. 

In a recent Q&A with research subcommittee member and faculty recruitment manager for the School of Dentistry, Damon Spright, explains some of the changes the university plans to make towards research and development. 

“One of our recommendations targets more deliberate attention within units to recognize and honor the invisible labor, such as mentoring, often performed by faculty and staff of underrepresented populations, backgrounds and disciplines at a full-time equivalent higher than their non-underrepresented peers but disproportionately unrecognized and, therefore, not honored,” Spright said.  

As a public university, IUI will continue to strengthen its commitment to the community through a series of new initiatives and goals. IUI is stepping in to help with the state’s nursing shortage by increasing student enrollment into the School of Nursing by over 50%. It also plans to foster more economic development in the state by increasing research collaborations in areas such as information technology, health and life sciences, manufacturing, arts and culture and logistics. 

Although this seven year plan may have not answered all the questions students, staff and faculty have about what the future holds for IUI, it does provide something to look forward to. In this article, we only highlighted some of the goals that Indiana University has in place that impact our campus, but the full seven year plan details plans for all campuses. To view the entire document, you can check out IU 2030: The Indiana University Strategic Plan: Indiana University

Tom Kraljic (he/him) is a sophomore majoring in English Literature and Digital Storytelling. This is his first year on staff with The Campus Citizen.

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