NEW ALBANY, Ind. — IU Southeast celebrated several areas of growth — including increases in online credit hours, areas of study, student retention and student involvement — during its annual State of the Campus Address on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Chancellor Ray Wallace addressed the IU Southeast faculty and staff Tuesday morning, recapping the past academic year on campus and highlighting university achievements.
Seven faculty and staff members were awarded for their service to the institution:
- Maria T. Accardi, librarian: Diversity Award 2015.
- Melissa D. Hill, director of academic accounting services: Distinguished Service Award — Professional/Technical 2015.
- James M. Curd, carpenter: Distinguished Service Award — Service/Maintenance 2015.
- Christine Thompson, administrative assistant senior senior, police department: Distinguished Service Award — Clerical 2015.
- Bryan Hall, professor of philosophy: Distinguished Teaching Award 2015.
- Ken Harris, associate professor of business: Distinguished Research and Creativity — Senior Award.
- Adam Maksl, assistant professor of journalism: Distinguished Research and Creativity — Junior Award.
Chancellor Wallace shared several developments and trends over the course of the address:
- Since 2013, 50 new majors, minors, certificates, tracks, concentrations and masters programs have been approved or are in the approval process.
- Since 2012, IU Southeast has experienced a 455 percent increase in online student credit hours.
- The IU Southeast faculty had over 125 publications, approximately 200 presentations and over 100 performances or exhibits in the past year.
- IU Southeast’s retention of first-year students are up 18.6 percent from 2014.
- Student involvement in campus organizations has increased by 17 percent, and there has been a 28 percent increase in reported volunteer hours.
- First-year undergraduates identifying as Hispanic/Latino have increased 68 percent.
- Due to an improving post-recessional economy and decline in enrollment and graduation rates from IU Southeast’s feeder two-year institutions, there has been an 8 percent decrease among Indiana first-year undergraduate beginners and a 20 percent decline in transfer students.
- Fall 2015 credit hours are down 3.7 percent compared to last year.
- Four IU Southeast student-athletes were recognized as NAIA All-Americans, and five out of seven teams advanced to Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships.
- IU Southeast was funded for a $245,000 Indiana Commission for Higher Education grant to support 21st Century Scholars and first generation college students from Indiana.
- Fundraising for scholarship support at the Chancellor’s Medallion Dinner totaled $39,450 — a 30 percent increase from the previous year.
“We have a strong faculty, a committed professional staff and an eager student body,” Chancellor Wallace said. “We are adding new academic programs to attract new students. We are now offering our courses in the variety of formats which our students want, while at the same time scheduling these courses for their convenience rather than our own, and we are developing strategies to retain these students to help them graduate on time. We should be proud of our accomplishments.”
The full transcript and video of the address can be found here.