IU South Bend Major Campus Initiatives

Academic Master Plan

IU South Bend’s new strategic plan calls for establishing a new academic master plan.  This process is being led by a team including: 

  • Jill Pearon, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Raman Adaikkalavan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
  • Susan Thomas, Interim Dean of the Libraries
  • Carolyn Schult, President, Academic Senate
  • Mallory Roberts, Member-at-Large, Academic Senate

The last IU South Bend academic master plan was created nearly a decade ago in 2014.  The new academic master plan will align with our institutional mission, support our strategic priorities, improve enrollment, increase revenue, grow the local talent pipeline, and enhance service to our community and region.  The first outcome of the academic master plan will be a comprehensive review of our academic program portfolio to explore programs we might develop, grown, sustain, revitalize, or sunset.  The second outcome is to ensure our program review process helps sustain vibrant programs focused on our institutional mission and strategic priorities.  Learn more about IU South Bend’s academic master planning efforts.

Academic Organizational Design Task Force

The primary goal of the academic organizational design process is to recommend an organizational configuration for the academic schools and colleges that maximizes academic synergies (e.g., program, research, etc.) and shared efficiencies, while reducing overall administrative costs.  The task force is guided by seven principles:

  • Remain true to the mission, vision, and values of IU South Bend, including our student-centric and inclusive focus as a teaching institution serving our region
  • Reflect faculty, student, and other stakeholder input and recommendations
  • Improve student recruitment, persistence, belonging, and completion
  • Enhance opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Create efficiencies that free up faculty and staff to focus on teaching, research, student support, and outreach
  • Create structures that are simpler and more nimble so we can adapt as our region’s needs change
  • Result in administrative and operational budget savings

Stay updated through the Academic Organization Design Task Force Channel.

Dwyer Healthcare Simulation Center Construction

A state-of-the-art, expanded nursing simulation and health sciences education center is being made possible thanks to a lead gift of $5 million from the Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust. The newly renovated space in Parkside Hall will transform the building into high-tech, flexible space for the campus’s radiography program and nursing program. The Simulation Center will provide more interprofessional learning opportunities for the students and health professionals in our community and will help prepare our graduates to better serve the community as they transition from the classroom to the clinic. Learn more about the Dwyer Healthcare Simulation Center.

Financial Sustainability Initiative

This initiative sets forth a set of principles that will guide us in developing a sustainable financial plan for the campus that is realistic for our current enrollment and positions us to exceed the goals we have set in our new strategic plan.  The principles include taking a hard look at ways we can improve processes as well as ways we can generate and diversify revenue streams.  We cannot maintain the status quo or do more with less, so we need to make appropriate adjustments while staying true to our priorities and our core mission.  Learn more about the Financial Sustainability Initiative.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Thanks to a $2 million grant from the Judd Leighton Foundation IU South Bend will be advancing innovation and entrepreneurship programs on campus.  We are creating a physical innovation and entrepreneurship center in Northside Hall that will include the North Central Indiana Small Business Development Center as well as spaces for students and community members to learn more about business development, entrepreneurship and innovation.​  The search will also begin shortly for a Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, also funded by the grant.  Stay tuned for more updates as this exciting project gets underway.

Strengthening Institutions Program Grant

The Strengthening Institutions Program Grant is $2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education to increase retention and graduation rates.  This project is being led by Raman Adaikkalavan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Lee Kahan, Special Associate Vice Chancellor for Advising and Retention.  The project will help the campus accomplish three goals: 

1. Increase retention of low-income and underrepresented students 

2. Improve student achievement in key gateway courses and eliminate achievement gaps 

3. Increase 4- and 6-year graduation rates to be more equitable among all IU South Bend undergraduate students 

Learn more about the Strengthening Institutions Program Grant.

Indiana University South Bend

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South Bend, IN 46615
Phone: 574-520-4872