Indiana University Southeast is making significant strides toward its goal of being recognized as an outstanding regional university. Recent accreditation reviews by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education highlighted the strengths of campus academic programs and activities, as well as the significant contributions IU Southeast is making to its service region.
These reviews also underscored the necessity for strategic planning and systematic assessment of institutional performance on an ongoing basis and recommended actions that the campus should initiate to further enhance institutional quality. The most significant point made by all these external reviews was that Indiana University Southeast must have a set of standards and measures to assess its performance and its programs.
Indiana University Southeast is strategically positioned to achieve new levels of institutional excellence. Outstanding new faculty members have been added. Enrollment has been increasing; the quality of new students has been improving; support programs for student success have been expanding; retention of students to second year and beyond has been improving; technology has been significantly enhanced; the general education curriculum has been strengthened; facilities are being expanded and improved; the performance of students and graduates on certification examinations and in national competitions has been very good to outstanding. In addition, response to the current capital campaign shows that there is very strong support of Indiana University Southeast and its programs throughout the community.
All of these indicators suggest that a focused strategic planning process can help improve the effectiveness and the quality of Indiana University Southeast at this stage in its development. It will be important to our constituents that we achieve a greater measure of our full potential through more effective management of resources and processes. That is what this planning process and the strategic plan are designed to do.