Robert Manuel

An ambitious plan for UIndy  

As a result of strategic planning that began last year, we are poised to invest $50 million in major new facilities and programs that include the renovation of Krannert Memorial Library, construction of a four-story classroom building and clinic to accommodate our growing allied health programs, expansion of physics, chemistry and biology labs, and development of Indiana’s first Division II men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. We’ll also be replacing the apartments on the west edge of campus with modern living units.

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 an exciting time for UIndy as we move into the implementation phase of 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

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Vision 2030

UIndy's 2012-13 "Vision 2030" strategic planning was a highly inclusive process, which culled opinions from 1,600 individual sources and resulted in development of a clear direction forward for the University.

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Huffington Post: College costs

Dr. Manuel is a contributor to The Huffington Post's College section. In this initial post he explores the ongoing public discourse about the cost of higher education and the amount of debt U.S. students actually incur.

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Presidential Ambassadors

The Presidential Ambassadors are a unique group of students selected to serve and represent UIndy in multiple capacities.

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