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Per-Credit Tuition Pilot

Update: On April 17, IUP President Michael Driscoll announced that IUP would defer the per-credit tuition pilot for one year. This decision came after Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Board of Governors voted to freeze tuition in response to a request from Governor Tom Wolf. See further details here: “Budget Update: Uncertain Circumstances Delay Finalizing 2015–16 Fiscal Plans, Tuition Pilot

In a pilot program, IUP is planning to implement a per-credit tuition rate for in-state undergraduate students. Unless affected by action of the state legislature, the plan will begin in the fall semester. Under the current flat tuition rate, students who take 12 credits pay the same tuition as those who take 17. The new model is designed to be more equitable, asking students to pay for all the credits they take. To help ease the transition, the program will be phased in over the next three years, with successive discounts of 7, 4, and 1 percent. The university will also help qualifying students to make up the difference through new merit- and need-based scholarships, while continuing to award privately funded scholarships through the Foundation for IUP. The new tuition model is one of many changes the university is adopting to address budget challenges as it provides a broad range of high-quality academic programs at a reasonable cost.

New Dean for Graduate Studies

Longtime criminology professor Randy Martin was recently named dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Martin joined the Criminology Department in 1986 and has coordinated its PhD and master’s programs and served as department chair. Most recently, he was the interim associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services. In the graduate school, Martin has replaced Timothy Mack, who is directing IUP’s new Office of Extended Studies.

The Business of Energy

IUP has developed three new programs related to the business of energy. At its March meeting, the IUP Council of Trustees approved new program tracks in professional land resource management, energy management, and energy accounting. The tracks are cross-disciplinary, requiring students to include related science courses in their schedules, but are being offered by the Management and Accounting departments of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology. Students may begin electing the new tracks in the fall.

Collaboration on EMT Training

IUP’s Institute for Rural Health and Safety, formerly known as the Highway Safety Center, has relocated to the new Citizens’ Ambulance Service West Pike station to improve collaboration on training emergency medical technicians and paramedics. IUP has offered its EMT course for more than 30 years, and Citizens’ Ambulance provides the additional instruction in advanced life support needed to become a paramedic. The partnership will improve training and better address a regional shortage of emergency first responders. Lou Pesci ’92, D’09, director of the institute, also sees opportunities to bring people seeking one course “into the pipeline” for an additional certification or a bachelor’s or graduate program. In addition to the EMT program, the institute houses a certification program in safety/driver education and the IUP Highway Safety Project.

More from the Spring 2015 Issue of IUP Magazine

Evolution of the Oak Grove

Evolution of the Oak Grove

With the help of botanists, arborists, faculty and staff members, students, and many other supporters, this beloved campus landmark is returning to the beauty of years past.

Front Door: Growing Globally

Front Door: Growing Globally

Nearly 900 strong, the international student population at IUP is enhancing the learning experience for everyone.

Message from the President

President Driscoll discusses how IUP is preparing students to respond to the pivotal issues of today and tomorrow, such as energy independence.

Namedroppers | Achievements | Mentors

Photo Gallery | In Brief | Letters to the Editor

Vantage Point

Selected IUP faculty respond to the question:"As it relates to your academic discipline, what specific historical event is the most underestimated in terms of its impact on society?"

Pitching In

Using hammers, paint brushes, bats, and baseballs, a number of IUP student-athletes have helped build villages—and spirit—in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Recruiting from Within

For alumni and students seeking careers, IUP offers help in many forms. Among the most effective is connecting them with other alumni.