Building Our Future, One Student at a Time
Our theme for this 2013 Overview, Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders, illustrates how the collaborative work being done by the Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) and the IU Bloomington campus is indeed making a difference for our students and the soon-to-be future leaders. These efforts have taken many shapes and forms – from providing financial resources through the Office of Scholarships to help students persist and graduate to developing a new recruiting program that introduces high school students from underrepresented minority groups to college life at IU.
As we look back at 2013, technological, demographic and economic forces have created new challenges for higher education. In OEM, we are facing these challenges head on, forging new partnerships, programs and investments that enable us to better meet the needs of a growing and changing student population. As a result of these and other initiatives, new academic milestones were achieved in 2013, with this year’s first-year students the most academically accomplished on record and one of the largest and most diverse classes to enroll on the Bloomington campus.
After much planning, best practices research, and cross-training of staff, Student Central opened its doors in February 2013. It now serves as a key focal point of service for students, providing quality support and enhanced service for registration, transcripts, records and financial aid assistance.
Moving forward, OEM will continue the collaborative work that we have already begun with our campus colleagues. As part of this work, we intend to investigate the potential of a new admissions space that will better incorporate presentation and meeting room technologies, while also enabling us to deliver an important message to prospective students and families about the value IU offers in helping them prepare for their careers.
Finally, our future goals will include a focus on expanding and refining the use of data to drive strategic recruiting and admissions decisions; exploring the idea of financial aid programs for middle-income families and students to keep IU affordable for Indiana residents; and, perhaps most important, working with our campus partners to clearly define the IU undergraduate experience as we help educate today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.
All of this could not be done without the tireless efforts of OEM staff and our collaboration with numerous partners. I would like to thank each and every one of these individuals for their dedication. Together, we are proud to share in our commitment of truly making a difference for our students.
— David B. Johnson
Vice Provost, Enrollment Management