Our Journey Has Begun

President Michael Driscoll

Universities, like other organizations, must know their destination in order to navigate ever-changing economic and demographic conditions. The university’s 2007-12 strategic plan helped guide Indiana University of Pennsylvania to its current position of growing enrollment, offering in-demand programs, and having successful alumni. Now it’s time to determine where we want to go from here—our vision for the future.

In the last edition of IUP Magazine, I said my guiding principles in the first few months of my presidency would be to be visible, listen, and learn. I’ve found that students, faculty and staff members, and alumni care deeply about the university that connects us all. As we formulate our new vision, we will embark on the next leg of our journey using the following principles—ones we already employ—for guidance:

Set a proper stage for academic success.

Of course, students are responsible for their own academic success, but it is incumbent on us to provide them with an environment that lends itself to access and achievement—one that is stimulating, engaging, and staffed by people who are inspiring and able to motivate.

Ensure students succeed in and out of the classroom.

Success comes in many forms, and while students are here for academic experiences first, they enrich their learning and gain invaluable life skills from out-of-classroom activities like student government, publishing, charitable work, and social organizations. Leadership and kindness are not qualities that can be taught, but they can be learned through experience.

Retain the stability we have achieved.

Despite cuts in recent years, the budget has been balanced, and thanks to the efforts of many, we are attracting not only more philanthropic gifts, but also more high-achieving students in a time when the number of Pennsylvania high school students continues to diminish. Efforts such as the Sutton Scholarship, a new award funded by gifts from alumni, employees, friends, and even students, will make IUP more competitive.


As we develop our vision for the future of IUP, we will be reaching out to you for guidance and input.


Michael Driscoll
President

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