Introduction

Introduction

Blueprint 2.0: The Bicentennial Strategic Plan for the Regional Campuses of Indiana University was the culmination of a concerted endeavor by the entire IU Regional Campus community to identify and develop objectives for advancing the campuses’ collaboration and the Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University.

This report summarizes progress and success in achieving Blueprint 2.0’s ambitious goals. The quest for discovery of commonalities and the development of action plans involved every Regional Campus in one of the most important largescale planning exercises carried out at Indiana University.

Great public universities serve as doors of opportunity for thousands of the best students from all backgrounds and all income levels. The Regional Campuses strive to be first-choice institutions for Hoosier students who seek baccalaureate degrees or selected master’s degrees in a setting that is close to home and provides both flexibility and the resources of a major public university. The Regional Campuses are thus on the front lines in advancing three of IU’s Bicentennial Priorities: A Commitment to Student Success, A Community of Scholars, and Building a Prosperous and Innovative Indiana. These priorities are at the very heart of the Regional Campus mission; that is, being “Learner-Centered and Community-Engaged.”

As with the original Blueprint for Student Attainment (2011), Blueprint 2.0 represents a comprehensive plan that includes both individual campus goals and shared objectives. This process of strategic renewal enables Indiana University to meet the educational challenges of the 21st century by graduating well-educated, highly motivated, and well-prepared individuals who will contribute to the growth, prosperity, and well-being of their regions, Indiana, the nation, and the world.

This report is organized in five substantive sections, each comprising a set of Blueprint2.0’s action items and measures of success. The first section, The Collaborative Imperative, highlights those action items and accomplishments led largely by UAA. The remaining five sections, while in many ways supported by UAA, will also highlight work accomplished on one or more of the Regional Campuses.

A note on the content of this document is in order. It is impossible to capture in a document of this scope every activity and accomplishment from five Regional Campuses over a five-year period. Further information on Regional Campus accomplishments can be found in the Bicentennial Strategic Plan final report appendix, as well as the reports from each individual Regional Campus.

The Collaborative Imperative

The Regional Campuses of Indiana University work together in all areas in which collaboration contributes to greater effectiveness and efficiency, as we pursue our shared and individual missions to accomplish our shared and individual campus aspirations.

Action Items

Create and support organizational structures that encourage and simplify numerous forms of collaboration.

UAA supports a complex architecture of collaboration that includes Regional Campus governance, academics, and administration. This collaboration is pervasive and institutional, and has become integral to the Regional Campus identity.

With the guidance and support of UAA, three main collaborative governance bodies are in place that facilitate effective Regional Campus collaboration. Meetings of the groups are coordinated by the Senior Advisor for Regional Campus Affairs, a position created in 2015 by UAA specifically to support the work of the Regional Campuses in the context of Blueprint 2.0.

The Regional Campus Cabinet is a collaboratively organized body chaired by the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs (EVPUAA), and consisting of chancellors of the five Regional Campuses and University Academic Affairs senior staff. The Regional Campus Cabinet is responsible for establishing strategic collaborative priorities for the IU Regional Campuses, and serves as a recommending body on all matters of Regional Campus strategy to the EVPUAA and the IU Academic Leadership Council. The Regional Campus Cabinet meets in conjunction with the regular meetings of the Indiana University Board of Trustees.

The Council for Regional Campus Excellence (CRCE) is a collaboratively organized body comprising the Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs of the Regional Campuses and University Academic Affairs senior staff. It is chaired by the Senior Advisor for Regional Campus Affairs. CRCE serves as a policy-recommending body on all academic matters to the IU Regional Cabinet and the IU Academic Leadership Council. CRCE meets on a monthly basis during the academic year.

The Regional Faculty Caucus (RFC) is a collaboratively organized body comprising the faculty senate presidents of the Regional Campuses that serves as a liaison between the faculty leadership of the IU Regional Campuses and senior University Academic Affairs administration. It is chaired by the Senior Advisor for Regional Campus Affairs, and meets three to six times during each academic year.

Beginning in 2016, the Senior Advisor for Regional Campus Affairs began to organize joint meetings of the RFC and the CRCE for the purpose of better collaboration between Regional Campus faculty and academic administration. These meetings were generally focused on one specific topic, such as the faculty role in student success and completion and promoting teaching excellence as a path to promotion and tenure. These meetings have been chaired by the EVPUAA.

Finally, beginning in August 2017, the Regional Campus Cabinet organizes and hosts a now-annual IU Regional Campus Chancellors’ Leadership Summit. This day-and-ahalf event brings together senior campus administrators and faculty leaders from each of the five Regional Campuses. The summits have helped to shape the leadership agendas for the Regional Campuses in each of the last three years, with each summit focused on some aspect of student success:

  • 2017 Summit: Refining the Regional Campus Mission
  • 2018 Summit: The Growth Mindset and Student Success
  • 2019 Summit: The Faculty Role in Student Success
  • In addition to these more formally organized groups, UAA facilitates a wide range of cross-campus, collaborative “Affinity Groups” that support and encourage Regional Campus collaboration in academics and administration.
    • Administrative Groups
    • IU Online Advisory Council
    • IU Online Regional Chancellors Summit
    • IU Online Regional EVCAAs
    • IU Online Collaborative Degree Faculty Committees
    • IU Online Task Force for Online Course Quality and Concern Resolution
    • IU Arts and Sciences Deans
    • IU Education Deans Council
    • IU Applied Health Science Deans
    • IU Bachelor of Applied Science Deans
    • IU Regional Nursing Deans
    • IU Council of Head Librarians
    • IU Business Deans
    • IU Centers for Teaching and Learning Directors
    • IU Writing Center Directors
    • IU Institutional Research (IR) Council
  • Faculty, Staff, and Administrative Groups Linked to National Initiatives
    • LEAP Indiana (Part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Initiative)
    • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) RFY Innovation Teams
    • AASCU American Democracy Project Campus Coordinators
    • Regional Campus Carnegie Engagement Teams
  • Student Success and Services Groups
    • IU Directors of Advising
    • IU Regional Campus Directors of Advising
    • Tech Committee to Support AdRX development
    • Fostering Learning, Achievement, and Graduation Success (FLAGS) Advisory Board and associated committees
    • IU Regional Campus Career Services Directors
    • IU Career Services Council
    • IU Student Life Directors
    • IU OCSS Student Advisory Board (all campuses, except IU Bloomington)
    • IU Directors of Tutoring
    • IU Regional Campus Associate/Assistant VCAAs (Regional Campuses)
    • IU Directors of Honors Programs
    • USSS Council (enrollment management)
    • IU Admissions Council
    • IU Financial Aid Council
    • IU Registrar Council
    • IU Bursar Council
    • IU Institutional Research and Reporting Council
    • IU Veteran’s Council
    • Annual Regional Campus Admissions Summit
    • Financial Administration
    • Within UAA, the AVP for Administration convenes the Regional Campus Vice Chancellors for Finance Council each quarter to review and discuss financial and administrative issues. This forum provides a critical communication and informational channel between university administration and the Regional Campuses, and also establishes a platform for campuses to leverage shared and common services, with the goal of creating efficiencies and long-term fiscal stability.

Implement and, with experience, refine the following principles of collaboration so they best serve the shared mission and activities of the Regional Campuses.

In addition to revising the CRCE Charter in 2016, UAA worked to uphold and promote the following general principles of collaboration.

  • Collaboration adds value through leveraging scale to create opportunities and gain efficiencies.
  • Campuses participate on equitable terms.
  • Participation by all campuses is not always required, though opt-outs cannot decide the terms of collaboration by participants.
  • The potential value of collaboration is always weighed together with the unique Regional Campus missions.
  • Policies and practices that create unnecessary barriers to collaboration will be identified and remedied.
  • Collaboration should ultimately expand net revenue and avoid unintended redistribution of revenue among campuses.
  • The form and intensity of collaboration covers a spectrum of activities that includes sharing best practices, coordination, establishing uniform policy and procedures, sharing activities, harmonizing processes, and formal or ad hoc affinity groups.
  • Ultimately, intercampus collaboration is engrained in the culture of the IU Regional Campuses, is pervasive, and is always considered as an option for accomplishing campus missions.

Establish and promote the Regional Campuses of Indiana University as a national model of intercampus and interinstitutional collaboration.

Faculty, staff, and administrators from the IU Regional Campuses have always been national leaders in their respective fields. With the support of the collaborative structures highlighted herein, our Regional Campuses as a whole are being recognized for the strength and success of those collaborations. The most significant work is that accomplished with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

According to their mission statement, “AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.”

Consequently, Regional Campus participation in AASCU’s major initiatives is a natural extension of their commitment to serving Indiana as learner-focused and community-engaged institutions. In 2016, AASCU launched Re-Imagining the First Year (RFY). The three-year project, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Strada Education Network, brought together a competitively selected cohort of 44 AASCU institutions to function as a learning community dedicated to the comprehensive institutional transformation of the college experience in order to improve persistence to graduation, especially for traditionally underserved populations. The IU Regional Campuses submitted a successful joint application to effectively function as a “cohort within the cohort” of RFY institutions. RFY activities on and among the Regional Campuses are detailed throughout the remainder of this report.

AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) is a network of nearly 300 state colleges and universities focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. Each IU Regional Campus is an active ADP member, and their campus coordinators meet quarterly along with the Senior Advisor for Regional Campus Affairs. Regional campus faculty are ADP leaders at the national level. Elizabeth Bennion, IU South Bend Political Science, became the only two-time winner of AASCU’s Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement, winning the award in 2017 and again in 2019. William J. McKinney, Senior Advisor for Regional Campus Affairs, has served on the ADP Steering Committee since 2017, chairing it from 2018 to 2019. Finally, IU Kokomo faculty and staff led by Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (EVCAA) Mark Canada are among the leaders in ADP’s Digital Polarization (DigiPo) initiative. DigiPo is ADP’s national effort to build student civic, information, and web literacy by having students participate in a broad, cross-institutional project to fact-check, annotate, and provide context in a world increasingly reliant on the Internet and social media. IU Kokomo is one of only 11 AASCU campuses nationwide participating in this important project.

Measures of Progress and Success

Due in large part to careful attention to completion and student success, attention to best practices, and collaboration, the IU Regional Campuses have increased the number of degrees awarded annually, in spite of the declining enrollments that are impacting most similar institutions nationwide.

  • Nowhere is this collaboration more visible than in the number of collaborative academic programs offered by the Regional Campuses. The IU Regional Campuses offer 15 collaborative online academic programs.
    • B.S. in Medical Imaging Technology
    • B.S. in Applied Health Science
    • B.S. in Informatics » Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)
    • B.S. in Sociology
    • B.A. in History
    • Chancellors’ B.S. in Business Administration
    • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics
    • Master of Liberal Arts (MLS)
    • Master of Arts in English
    • Graduate Certificate in Language and Literature
    • Graduate Certificate in Literature
    • Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies
    • Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies
    • M.S. in Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • In addition, these programs are awaiting approval by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC):
    • Graduate Certificate in Biology
    • Graduate Certificate in Chemistry
    • Graduate Certificate in Political Science
    • M.A. for Teachers in Biology
    • M.A. for Teachers in Chemistry
    • M.A. for Teachers in History
    • M.A. for Teachers in Mathematics
    • M.A. for Teachers in Political Science
    • M.S.Ed. in Education Technology for Learning
    • B.S. in Data Science
    • B.A. in Sustainability Studies