Greetings from IUPUI November 2003

"The scholarship inspires me to do even better because my efforts are being recognized and rewarded." (A student in our School of Science) "Scholarships are invaluable gifts that are enabling me to complete my degree and give back to our community." (A student in our School of Education)

Comments like those, made by students who have received scholarships at IUPUI, have been posted on banners all over campus. You can't help but stop and take a look. They are terrific reminders of the efforts of our high-achieving students and highlight the importance that contributions to scholarship programs make in their lives. We also hope that other students will be inspired to achieve honors status and qualify for scholarship themselves.

Yet Another Record Fall Enrollment at IUPUI

Our enrollment for the fall set all-time records, eclipsing previous marks both for the total number of students and total credit hours taken. The 29,860 students enrolled at IUPUI represent a 2.9 percent increase from last fall. Credit hours are up 4.1 percent from a year ago. The enrollment growth at IUPUI is good news in fighting Indiana's brain-drain. Nearly 93 percent of our students are in-state residents. If typical patterns hold, most will remain in Indiana after graduation.

IUPUI a Founding Institution for First-Year Excellence IUPUI is 1 of 12 leadership institutions selected to develop a model for effective first-year experiences. Some 200 applicants were considered for the project, which is cosponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

The project's purpose is to synthesize information about improving first-year student learning and retention. The goals are to determine the characteristics that reflect good practice and to establish a blueprint for what other AASCU campuses can do to establish excellence in first-year experiences.

The Policy Center used external evaluators to select 12 campuses as AASCU "Foundations of Excellence™ Founding Institutions." IUPUI and the other Founding Institutions will receive an array of services and assistance from core staff and partners/consultants associated with the Policy Center. The project is funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Lumina Foundation for Education.

IUPUI is also part of AASCU's American Democracy Project, which seeks to increase the number of undergraduate students who are committed to engaging in meaningful civic actions, such as voting, advocacy, and volunteerism.

Nonprofits Are Major Economic Force in Indiana

More than 222,000, or one in 13 paid employees in Indiana, works for a nonprofit, according to Kirsten Grønbjerg, a professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs who holds the Efroymson Chair in the IU Center on Philanthropy. More Hoosiers are employed in the nonprofit sector than in construction, nondurable manufacturing, or the state's entire finance, banking, insurance and real estate industry. Professor Grønbjerg hopes that this new study will aid the public and policy makers in understanding the nonprofit sector's impact and the stake that Indiana's citizens have in its continued health.

Civic Engagement in U.S. - Deep Roots, Big Dividends

Another study by a member of our faculty shows that community service has a big impact both on volunteers and beneficiaries. Civic Service : What Difference Does It Make?, a new book by James Perry, Chancellor's Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Ann Marie Thomson, an associate faculty member, examined 50 years of documents and discovered that (1) civic service returns a cost-benefit ratio of about $2 for ever $1 invested and (2) the role of government in facilitating relationships and providing a service infrastructure is critical to successful service programs.

University Library Kicks Off 10th Anniversary with Gift

On September 10, we launched "SPANNING THE DECADE," our University Library's year-long celebration of its 10th Anniversary. At the opening reception, I had the pleasure of announcing the Jeannette Morrow Matthew Fund for Archival Photography. The gift from Neil Matthew in honor of his late wife, a retired archivist of the library, will digitize the library's photography collection, so that many thousands of photos can be viewed or used for research purposes by anyone, anywhere, with access to the Web. The fund will also support the acquisition, preservation, and use of photographs in library exhibits.

IUPUI - The Making of An Urban University Published

A favorite book on my reading list this past summer was IUPUI - The Making of An Urban University, published by IU Press earlier this year. The author, Professor Emeritus of History Ralph Gray drew on archived university publications, maps, reports, photographs, news clippings, and oral histories to tell the engaging story of what he called, "The Miracle on Michigan Street." For purchase information, call (800) 842-6796, e-mail, or visit
Charles R. Bantz

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