Offer multiple and flexible learning environments to meet the needs of different kinds of students, including expanded online and shared courses and programs. Recruit and support diverse, nontraditional, and at risk students. Encourage increased participation and success of underrepresented minority, low-income, firstgeneration, and other underserved students.
With start up support from a Kresge Foundation grant beginning in 2015, IU South Bend, IU Kokomo, and IU Northwest implemented a new transfer program in partnership with the Ivy Tech campuses in their respective regions. The program (known as the ABC Program at IU South Bend and IU Kokomo, and the Dual Degree Program at IU Northwest) has the following objectives: increase associate and bachelor degree completion and reduce time to degree, maximize credit transfer, strengthen relationships between Ivy Tech and IU campuses, and increase coordination across institutions in support of transfer students. The program utilizes transfer specialists who work closely with students early in their Ivy Tech career to help position them for successful transfer to IU upon completion of the associate degree. Other program components include institutional transfer scholarships, a peer mentoring program, and targeted events and activities to help Ivy Tech transfer students build a support network at IU and develop a sense of belonging. The program is now institutionalized on all three IU campuses.
At IU Kokomo, overall enrollment of international students has remained stable, and they have continued to see increases in domestic minority enrollment over the last five years, with the greatest growth being in the Hispanic population. Furthermore, they are making efforts to provide a greater connection to the growing Hispanic population in the state of Indiana. In 2017, they served as the host site for the Indiana Latino Leadership Conference, and their Admissions Office has sponsored multiple bilingual recruitment events offering information in Spanish and English. They also offer Spanish speaking campus tours by request, and translation services for applicants and their families.
In part due to demographic changes, and in part due to its commitment to the Hispanic community, the IU Northwest campus will soon qualify as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), defined as having at least 25% of the full-time equivalent (FTE) student body identify as Hispanic. As of 2019, 24% of the IU Northwest student FTE identified as Hispanic. Furthermore, while the IU South Bend student FTE has a current Hispanic population of 13%, its last two entering classes had a Hispanic population of 24%. Work accomplished under this plan will leave these campuses, and the other IU Regional Campuses, well suited to serve this growing portion of the college-bound population.