Strategic Initiatives

Campus statement on the role of the liberal arts at IUPUI: Academic leaders at IUPUI reaffirm the inherent value of the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and mathematics as the core of any undergraduate degree program. To support the value of the liberal arts, campus academic leaders issued a statement on the role of the liberal arts at IUPUI and encourages the Undergraduate Affairs Committee as well as school curriculum committees and academic councils to consider ways to remove barriers and/or streamline pathways to students’ pursuit of double majors and other combinations of academic credentials that align with their interests, strengths, and post-baccalaureate plans. As a result, the School of Liberal Arts has launched the Dual Degree Advantage Program to enable students to add a liberal arts degree while pursuing a degree in their first school, without adding additional semesters toward graduation.

Expanding digital learning and adaptive technologies at IUPUI: Technology and digital tools are ubiquitous in the lives of students and faculty. Yet these resources are often not utilized to their full potential in promoting meaningful learning, facilitating retention and degree completion, and enhancing student outcomes. The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), of which IUPUI is a member, is gathering evidence through their Personalized Learning Consortium that digital pedagogies help to improve student learning outcomes, increase affordability, and provide faculty with data that enable them to better design more effective in-class activities. Perhaps most importantly, they significantly benefit the learning and success of students from underserved groups, helping to help to close persistent achievement gaps. Expanding the use of digital courseware and adaptive technologies at IUPUI was added to the IUPUI strategic plan as an important new student success initiative. College Algebra (Math 15300), using ALEKS technology, was piloted by Dr. Patrick Morton, professor of mathematical sciences, in fall 2018 and then a statewide Digital Learning Summit was held in February 2019 at the Plater Institute on the Future of Learning. A Faculty Digital Fellows program for IUPUI faculty and statewide communities of practice for faculty teaching in similar disciplines was launched in January 2019, and classrooms in Hine Hall will be renovated in fall 2019 to facilitate expanded use of ALEKS technology across multiple mathematics courses.

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The Forum NetworkIn December 2016, a task force met with the goal to reimagine how IUPUI can support advances in the work of the Center for Teaching and Learning while also expanding to a more holistic approach to the support of faculty and other educators to achieve their professional goals. Recommendations from the task force included the creation of physical space to support learning, instruction, leadership, and innovation. The resulting outcome of this work is a coordinated "one-stop-shop" for faculty support known as the Forum Network. 

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Faculty Crossing: In 2019, Faculty Crossing was launched, adjacent to the Center for Teaching and Learning in Room 1125 of the University Library, as a physical extension of the Forum Network. Faculty Crossing provides a welcoming, technology-rich collaboration space for faculty and teaching staff holding any type of appointment.  

The Profiles: In August 2017, a task force of faculty and staff was charged with examining the Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs) to make sure that they continue to represent the knowledge, skills, values, and competencies that we aspire for our students to acquire during their time at IUPUI. Specifically, the task force was asked to:

  • Review the PULs in the context of the General Education curriculum as well as the mission and values of the IUPUI campus in 2017
  • Consider integrating the Principles of Co-Curricular Learning into the Principles of Undergraduate Learning
  • Engage the Campus Community
  • Complete the approval process with a vote by the IUPUI Faculty Council on or before May 1, 2018

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Course in Effective Teaching Practices: As we recruit and prepare to welcome new faculty to IUPUI, consider incorporating the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Course in Effective Teaching Practices into your offer packages or as a recruitment incentive. The course has been featured in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning and has incorporated research from cognitive psychology and the learning sciences into the design of 25 online modules that span five domains. The course includes more than 180 brief instructional videos that help faculty to view and reflect upon examples of faculty teaching real students in real classrooms, augmented by expert commentary offered by researchers. While the course is still relatively new, a pilot study of its effectiveness suggests that faculty completing the course use more active learning techniques, connect better with their students, and help students to persist. Outcomes such as these are particularly important for supporting student learning and success at IUPUI – a cornerstone of our strategic plan. 

Learn more about the course and how to apply

ASPIRE: The National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty (The IChange Network):  In 2019, IUPUI was selected as a member of an inaugural cohort of institutions engaging in a three-year systemic change initiative aimed at cultivating a more inclusive and diverse campus culture by developing inclusive practices for all STEM faculty. A particular focus is directed at implementing effective recruitment, hiring, and retention practices that will help to ensure that underrepresented faculty thrive and advance in their careers at IUPUI, improving the quality of research and strengthening support for our students. These efforts are being led by Dr. Gina Sanchez Gibau, associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and inclusion, in collaboration with the Schools of Science, Engineering and Technology, and Informatics and Computing.

ASPIRE is a joint initiative by the Associate of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), funded through the National Science Foundation.

Transforming the student experience: APLU's Powered by Publics initiative: IUPUI has long been a leader in developing programs to support undergraduate student learning and success. In 2019, IUPUI became part of an initiative, together with 129 other public research institutions, aimed at testing and scaling initiatives that improve college access, advance equity, and ultimately increase the number of college degrees awarded. This network, led by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities is called Powered by Publics. IUPUI is part of the Metropolitan Cluster, together with Old Dominion University, Portland State University, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Albany, University of Cincinnati, University of Houston, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Louisville, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of New Mexico, and Wichita State University. The Metropolitan Cluster is focused on scaling efforts to provide integrated and coordinated campus services and to improve intrusive advising, mentoring, and financial counseling. The ultimate goal is to eliminate equity gaps in student outcomes related to retention and graduation and to share promising practices across the network. Efforts at IUPUI are being led through the Strategic Information Council.