New Academic Directions charts unprecedented changes for Indiana University

  • Feb. 13, 2014


INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University's New Academic Directions initiative has produced strategic and focused changes on an unprecedented scale in the academic landscape of the institution's core campuses at IU Bloomington and IUPUI, university administrators told the Board of Trustees today.

The plan, created in early 2011 in response to a directive from President Michael A. McRobbie, called for targeted investments to achieve academic excellence and improved efficiency, innovation and collaboration. It has guided decisions about the creation of new schools of public health, philanthropy and global and media studies and realignment of academic programs.

"New Academic Directions has produced dramatic changes in the academic structure and operation of Indiana University's core campuses," McRobbie said. "The decisions we have made as a result of this report will position the university to respond effectively to the demands being placed on higher education in a new century. The outstanding and strategic work carried out by faculty and administrators will benefit the university for many years to come."

Vice President for University Academic Affairs John Applegate, IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel and IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz presented a final report on actions carried out under New Academic Directions today to the trustees' Academic Affairs and University Policies Committee.

Steps taken in response to the report's recommendations include:

  • Creation of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.
  • Creation of the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.
  • Creation of the School of Global and International Studies at IU Bloomington.
  • Creation of the School of Public Health-Bloomington at IU Bloomington.
  • Creation of the Media School at Bloomington as of July 1, 2014, from the merger of programs in journalism, telecommunications, and communication and culture.
  • Merger of the School of Informatics at IU Bloomington with the School of Library and Information Sciences.
  • Creation of the Integrated Program in the Environment, bringing together programs and courses from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Launch of IU Online to accelerate the development and delivery of online courses and programs from IU campuses statewide.
  • Closing of the School of Continuing Studies and assignment of its programs to other units.
  • Development of new programs in areas such as health communication, global health, auto sports and energy engineering, international studies and design.
  • Creation of a University Transfer Office to facilitate student transfer.
  • Changes in graduate education, with most oversight of graduate studies decentralized to campus administration.
  • New administrative structure for the College of Arts and Sciences and placement of School of Global and International Studies and Media School within the College.

McRobbie announced the appointment of the New Academic Directions committee in September 2010. The committee's report, presented to the Board of Trustees in April 2011, recommended investing strategically in existing and new programs; reducing support for lower-priority programs; encouraging innovative alignments of academic units; seizing opportunities for efficiency; reducing administrative barriers to excellence and innovation; and enhancing revenue strategically and cost-effectively. These changes will provide the foundation for IU’s bicentennial strategic plan announced by McRobbie in his most recent state of the university speech. 

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