President's ForumSpring 2014

Five years and $50 million toward strategic plan

sculptureI have good news to share about the progress of UIndy’s Vision 2030 strategic planning process. Many of you were able to lend your time to participate last year, and if you’ve been following that progress in Portico and on our website (, you’ll recall that the ideas that were generated led to our identifying 32 initiatives that will move the University forward by building on our institutional strengths and our culture.

We took a significant step in February, when our Board of Trustees adopted a five-year financial management plan for investing $50 million toward initiatives that will create immediate impact on our campus and spur redevelopment in our community, while paving the way for the implementation of additional innovations ahead. These are investments in our future, and they go straight to the heart of our identity. Investments in our faculty ensure our academic quality, keep the student-to-professor ratio low, and encourage the personal attention that has a lifelong impact on our students. Investments in such innovations as the Professional Edge Center and our ambitious effort to improve student advising enrich the entire student experience, from registration to graduation and beyond. Investments in creative interdisci-plinary ventures and opportunities to apply learning strengthen the student-faculty connection, reflect the workplace realities students will encounter, and greatly enhance the educational process.

An example of the latter is in the offing for our allied health programs (Nursing, Psychology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Kinesiology, and Athletic Training—accounting for more than half of our enrollment). A new building will enable us to bring those disciplines under one roof for collaboration in teaching, learning, and research, and will include a medical clinic providing direct patient care, clinical experiences for students, and excellent opportunities for research. There will be much more to share soon. We’re planning to renovate Krannert Memorial Library, replace the Campus Apartments, and expand our biology, chemistry, and physics labs. The initial investment approved by the Board of Trustees will lay the groundwork for additional investments in scholarships, research, endowed positions, and other innovations that will ensure a secure future for this institution, elevate its reputation, and further increase the value of your degree.

Robert L. Manuel

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