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State of the Campus highlights accomplishments, future

Interim Chancellor Andrew R. Klein celebrated IUPUI’s accomplishments and looked toward the future in his State of the Campus address, delivered Nov. 15 at Hine Hall Auditorium.

For the first time since 2019, the speech was held in person. Danielle McMillan, assistant director of special programs at the Multicultural Center, was among the many campus community members in the crowd.

“I have been with IUPUI for approximately 11 years, and this is the first State of the Campus I’ve attended in person,” she said. “I wanted to be here to be part of the positive direction the university is taking.”

Klein began the address by sharing the mission and progress of two transformative initiatives: Vision 2024 and IU 2030.

Klein described Vision 2024 — the realignment of Indiana University and Purdue University — as the next step in the evolution of the Indianapolis campus.

The agreement calls for IU to assume full responsibility for all programs and operations, except for Purdue’s engineering, technology and computer science programs in Indianapolis, which Purdue will manage from West Lafayette. The agreement also includes plans for expanded research collaboration between Purdue and the IU School of Medicine in the area of biomedical engineering.

View from auditorium audience of IUPUI Interim Chancellor Andrew R. Klein standing behind a podiu... Credit: James Brosher/Indiana University“None of this is going to happen overnight, and we’ve already started the work to get us there,” Klein said. “We have formed 10 task forces that cover the operations of campus, and members of these groups are identifying issues and solutions necessary for the trustees to enter into a final agreement a little less than year from now.”

Once a final agreement is entered, changes will be implemented over the course of a year, with a goal of having the new structure in place for the start of the 2024-25 academic year.

In addition to Vision 2024, the Indianapolis campus is also navigating the IU 2030 strategic planning process. For the first time, the plan is an all-IU process, with every campus undertaking strategic planning focused on three themes: success of students, research enterprise, and service to the state and beyond.

“Whereas the Vision 2024 realignment focuses on a lot of operations, strategic planning looks directly at our core mission, objectives, the actions we need to take to move forward,” Klein said. “It’s charting a path for us to follow through the rest of this decade.”

More than 20 planning groups aim to have drafts of goals, objectives, action items and metrics for each area ready for review in early December, with the plan finalized by March 2023.

Led by Klein, the crowd at Hine Hall gave a round of applause to faculty, staff and students who are part of the strategic planning groups and Vision 2024 task forces.

The address became even more celebratory as the interim chancellor recognized a range of university and individual accomplishments, starting with students.

Interim IUPUI Chancellor Andrew R. Klein stands behind a podium in front of red background with r... Credit: James Brosher/Indiana UniversityHe highlighted Danielle Abel and Sheetal Prasanna, IUPUI graduate students who received the IU Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award, and junior Kadidiatou Diallo, an inaugural recipient of the Voyager Scholarship for Public Service created by former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky.

Klein also recognized IUPUI’s many research successes.

“Just to give you a sense of the scope and scale of our research enterprise, scholars on the Indianapolis campus brought in a total of more than $68 million, and that doesn’t include the IU School of Medicine,” he said.

The School of Medicine brought in nearly $470 million in external grants and awards during the 2022 fiscal year.

Klein touted several specific projects and grants, including funding awarded to the School of Education to support projects that will enhance recruitment of teachers of color in Marion County high schools and create a dual degree pathway in Africana studies and urban teacher education degree programs.

He also celebrated the expansion of the Diabetes Impact Project, a partnership among the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, Eskenazi Health and Eli Lilly.

Those examples of achievement and community partnerships resonated with many in the crowd.

“I think Interim Chancellor Klein laid out how vital it is for our institution to exist in this city and state,” said Leslie Etienne, director of Africana studies at IUPUI.

“I was very glad that he touched on some of the specific ways that the different academic units are contributing to the state and city, economically and at a level of service,” IU School of Social Work Dean Tamara Davis said.

After shining a light on specific individuals, programs and schools, Klein acknowledged the work and dedication of the entire IUPUI community.

“The progress that I outlined above is just a snapshot of the great work that we continue to do across campus, work that wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of our outstanding faculty, staff and students,” he said.

The full State of the Campus address will be available to watch at broadcast.iu.edu.