By Amy Conrad Warner, Vice Chancellor for the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement
IUPUI’s focus on student success isn’t just about college students on campus; it’s also a promise to the thousands of children in schools across our city.
As an anchor institution, one of our key missions is to foster student achievement, and we know that takes on two forms: preparing and attracting our future students and educating our current students on civic responsibility, career readiness and knowledge of the key issues we face together as a community.
Our faculty, students and neighbors are teaching and learning in every corner of our community; take a look at our new community engagement map, showing IUPUI engagement activities within the community.
There, you will find activities that inspire high school students to consider careers in IT and informatics. The Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce, or iDEW, program, exposes underrepresented students in eight Indianapolis high schools to the many possibilities of a career in technology, engineering, science or informatics.
Through our ongoing partnership with Crispus Attucks High School, students are getting a chance to gain experience on a college campus, while also earning college credits and getting a head start on their education. Our Indiana Kids program has enrolled 2,339 students in three years, helping with their homework, pairing them with college students, who can mentor them as they decide their future path, and giving them resources for their next step after high school.
We prepare educators to support thousands of K-12 students in Indianapolis. Through the Community Schools program, IUPUI works with local schools to keep students safe and ready to learn while inspiring youth to reach their own goals. Recently, that work contributed to two professors landing a grant that will pay to train educators to help their students cope with violence and trauma they experience in their lives.
Once we have them here, our goal as a university is to make sure every experience our students have as an undergraduate counts, preparing them for both their career and to be a contributing member of their community.
Our students are actively engaged, from hosting a forum to empower the community with research and open a data-driven dialogue about mass incarceration to analyzing data for a local food truck business.
Research shows that engagement-based learning is having an impact in better preparing our students for their careers, including the First Destination Survey 2017 that found nearly 92 percent of IUPUI graduates were either employed or continuing their education.
Preparing Indiana’s talent pipeline requires a commitment to fostering student success from all of us. It begins before students enter college, while they pursue a degree and following graduation to keep their skills fresh, relevant and responsive to changing demands. We invite you to discover highlights within our community engagement map and help us capture the collaborative work underway to achieve student success.