Starting the year right
Another academic year is under way at UIndy. Implementation of the Vision 2030 strategic plan is progressing well. Construction of the UIndy Health Pavilion has begun. Our master’s in public health program began as well. We are close to being able to share with you a new design for our Krannert Memorial Library. We’ve hired our men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches so they can begin building their programs in preparation for our August 2015 launch. Your input and feedback has been crucial to the formation of our strategic plan.
These projects are part of a five-year plan that also includes a significant investment in student advising, interdisciplinary experiences, and career development. In connection with those activities, our Professional Edge Center received $1 million from Lilly Endowment to create new mentoring professional development, and networking opportunities for students. This dual focus on career and classroom experiences at UIndy illustrates why 45 percent of our students secure a job in their field before graduation, and most of our graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of Commencement.
This is good news for our largest freshman class we welcomed in August. These new freshmen represent one of the most academically qualified new classes in University history. The average GPA for our new freshman class is close to 3.5 on a 4-point scale, and includes 21 valedictorians and salutatorians. Almost all of our students come to us with volunteer or leadership experience, making them a nice fit with the traditions we hold dear.
This is an exciting time for UIndy as we begin to see progress from our Vision 2030 strategic plan. There will be much more to share soon. I hope you will stay connected and continue helping us make the collective vision a reality. You can drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.