Dear OEM Colleagues,
Six years ago I had the pleasure of becoming the 4th Vice Provost of Enrollment Management for IU Bloomington. As many of you know, we were facing a number of big initiatives and opportunities that have helped to shape OEM today. As I reflect on our journey, I’d like to highlight a few pride points.
We embarked on the Shared Services Initiative for student services, including admissions, registrar, and financial aid. High school transcripts are now centrally loaded into our student system of record. Financial aid packaging and IU transcript production are products of the shared services environment.
We created a one-stop-shop by merging the registrar, financial aid, and bursar front-facing services to better meet the needs of our students for in-person, phone, and online requests. Our new student central website includes one of our most commonly used tools, Ask Student Central.
We’re a little greener. We implemented imaging and workflow in admissions to move away from paper to virtual electronic admissions files. This prepared us for the Common App and the Coalition App and made admissions processing even more efficient.
We moved to 408 North Union and expanded on North Jordan. Our move from Franklin Hall allowed the Old Crescent to, once again, become an academic center and vibrant hub of student activity. Our space continues to change as we look forward to relocating admissions presentations and tours to Ernie Pyle Hall.
We found new ways to help keep IU affordable by expanding and creating new scholarship programs for Indiana residents seeking need-based financial aid. I am delighted that we now offer full tuition for all Pell eligible students through the Pell Promise award and that we launched our first cohort to receive the Bicentennial County Scholarship. In addition, we are advocating for a potentially significant need-based financial aid opportunity through the For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.
We won awards for our innovative thinking. Our 6 Cs diversity recruitment strategy won the Eduventures Innovation Award in 2015. This strategy continues to work for us today by increasing student recruitment, diversity, and enrollment. The next generation of students is even more price and cost conscious. With your help, we will continue to find ways to spread the message of IU’s value and affordability.
Due to the work that you have done, we’ve seen record 5-year growth in a number of beginner student areas. The graphic created for the 2016 overview brings focus to a few of these growth areas.