IU and IUPUI Have Record Spring Enrollment
A record enrollment of 93,664 students have registered for spring semester classes on Indiana University’s eight campuses, reflecting increases in headcount of 3.3 percent and credit hour enrollment of 3.6 percent over last spring. IUPUI also established spring semester records for both student headcount and credit hours. Our enrollment of 28,120 was up 4.2 percent. Credit hours rose 5 percent. Minority enrollments also rose: American Indian, 10.3 percent; Asian American, 8.6 percent; African American, 0.8 percent; Hispanic American, 8.4 percent.
The Central Indiana Life Sciences
Initiative (CILSI ) celebrated its first anniversary on February 13. The founding partners (Central Indiana
First, IU’s Advanced Research and Technology Institute
According to a recent New York Times article, incubators can provide lower-cost laboratory and office space, specialized support services like water filtration and sewage disposal, and easy access to the resources of the surrounding campus. Incubators also encourage compatible companies to cluster together, contributing to a “magnet” effect which, in turn, shows that a region actively supports biotech development. And contrary to other regions where life sciences incubators have been less successful, CILSI’s efforts are supported by the fact that degree and certificate programs focused on biotechnology-related skills are offered at IUPUI, as mentioned in our March 2002 newsletter.
Another benchmark cited
is the IU School of Medicine’s
President Bush Nominates Law Grad for Transportation Board Chair
President George W. Bush has announced plans to nominate Ellen Gayle Engleman, an IU School of Law-Indianapolis 1988 graduate, to a five-year term as member and two-year term as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, the federal agency that investigates all civil aviation accidents and major railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline accidents.
Engleman is an
Before joining the Department of Transportation, she was president and CEO of Electricore, Inc., one of seven national consortia established by the federal government to develop electric vehicle technologies. Based at IUPUI, Electricore has had many faculty and students from our Purdue School of Engineering and Technology closely involved in its technological research and development activities.
IU Bloomington and IUPUI Recognized for Excellent Faculty Development Programs
At last month’s annual meeting of the American Council on Education, Indiana University Bloomington received the 2003 Hesburgh Award for its Faculty Learning Communities Program. Part of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program, the FLCP encourages faculty members to engage in cross-disciplinary research and discussions on what works in the classroom. The award, sponsored by TIAA-CREF, is named in honor of the Rev. Theodore M Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame.
year, IUPUI was one of four universities to receive a Hesburgh certificate of
excellence for its faculty development program to enhance student retention in
“Gateway” courses that students need for future college success. This year, IUPUI shared certificate of
excellence recognition as a partner in a consortium led by Miami University of
Ohio to implement Faculty Learning Communities. Sponsored by FIPSE (the Fund for the
Improvement of Postsecondary Education), the consortium also includes
Gifts from Fed Ex and UPS Help Enhance Teaching and Learning
A generous gift
from Federal Express will help support IUPUI’s Teacher’s
Resource Center. The center provides
everything (teacher's guides, worksheets, supplies, and materials) schoolteachers
need to present hands-on math and science activities in their classrooms. It is part of the outreach provided by
IUPUI’s Community Learning Network. Cyndy
Pittman, Managing Director, INDY
National HUB FEDEX Express, explained the reason for the company’s
support: “The strategic goals for FEDEX
include participation in programs that enhance the quality of life. A solid
knowledge base of science and math is a necessity for our next generation of
scientists, engineers, and business entrepreneurs. What better way to show our support for the
future leaders of
Foundation, the charitable arm of United Parcel Service, whose mission is
to “act as a catalyst that promotes volunteer opportunities and provides
support for education and urgent human needs through focused, funded
initiatives,” has provided scholarship funding for three student mentors in the
University College at IUPUI.
University Library at IUPUI Preserves
The Department of
Special Collections and Archives in the University
Library at IUPUI and the Indianapolis Foundation have formed a partnership
to preserve and provide access to the historical records of one of the oldest
community foundations in the
The IUPUI University Library is home to the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library and the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, which together constitute one of the most comprehensive collections in the world of organization records, personal papers, and published materials relating to philanthropy.
Any citizen of
between the IU Center on
Philanthropy and the University of Bologna, Italy, establishes the first
academic program for the study of philanthropy in
Incidentally, the Trustees of Indiana University have approved IU’s offering a Ph.D. in philanthropic studies. This new doctoral-level degree program is currently under consideration for approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
High School Students See Molecular Medicine in Action
What is it like to peer into the world of genetics and use the same tools as researchers to better understand and develop treatments and cures for complex diseases?
Under the supervision of IU faculty, the students rotate through a variety of workstations and labs, analyzing and isolating DNA. They observe how gene mutations are identified and how modified genes are used in therapy. Students also learn how to use the latest microscopic imaging techniques that enable researchers to study living cells.
Molecular Medicine in Action Program, now in its fourth year, helps build
closer ties between the IU School of
Enclosed with our letter this month is the 2002 IUPUI Performance Report. It is the sixth edition of this publication.
Each year, our Office of Planning and Institutional Improvement collects information about areas of campus development that have been identified in ongoing strategic planning as key indicators of performance in meeting our goals. Even while it is a product of the information-rich environment that helps us make prudent decisions and use resources wisely, it is also an opportunity to bring our stakeholders up to date on the directions we have taken to provide public higher education of exceptional quality in Indiana’s most heavily populated region.
We hope you find these reports helpful in taking stock of the investments you have made in IUPUI — as citizens, as alumni, as friends and supporters — and we invite your questions, comments, and suggestions.
William M. Plater