Yearly Overview

Our OEM goals of academic readiness, access, affordability, and student success help us focus our energies to support and recruit an amazing class each year and help students persist to graduation.

Helping students prepare for IU and supporting them through graduation

Programs and resources are offered year-round across OEM units to support students’ academic readiness during the college search process and throughout their time at IU, and introduced new student-centered programs this year. Current high school students attended the inaugural IU Precollege Academy, which provided them with the opportunity to participate in both virtual and in-person sessions centered around the college search process. As part of this experience, students were able to spend three days on the Bloomington campus, living in a residence hall and participating in projects with fellow students.

For current students, in-person events across campus aided them in their academic journey. Hoosier Experience, Hoosier Scholars, and Cox Scholars events helped students to connect with their respective communities and discover support resources. We have also worked to streamline the course registration process, with sequenced courses for each academic unit that allow the university to control enrollment and help students succeed.

Helping students from all backgrounds access a college education

We know that access to a college education is a proven path to a higher quality of life and a meaningful career. This year, we were fortunate to be able to expand the IU College Advising Corps with two additional near-peer college advisors. Through this work, OEM is helping to increase college access and promote college attendance among first-generation, historically underrepresented, and low-income Indiana high school students.

We resumed and enhanced strategically designed diversity recruitment and outreach programs for underrepresented students, including in person events—such as Family Receptions and Red Carpet Day Luncheons—and the virtual Level Up program for parents of enrolling students. We also partnered with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs to host a new visit program for underrepresented students as part of the African American Arts Institute Potpourri performance and celebration. 

As we returned to holding many of our recruitment events in person, we also continued virtual programming—allowing students to connect with admissions representatives from their school or home, no matter where they live. By relaunching the Alumni Student Recruitment team, we were also able to engage more IU Alumni in the recruitment and outreach process.

In addition to welcoming the largest beginner class to IU, we welcomed a larger Hoosier Link cohort than we have previously—giving even more students access to a pathway to IU admission.

For current students, we continued to partner with academic units to pre-enroll new students providing both access to courses that meet degree requirements and a wider set of choices throughout New Student Orientation.

Helping students afford a college education

8,290first-year students completed the FAFSA, a rate of 74.9% which exceeds the 59.3% national rate

2,683Awarded 2,683 students over $14 million from our Promise and Covenant programs—a $900,000 increase

$2.5 millionGrew OEM scholarship funds with new donor pledges, outright gifts, and planned gifts of over $2.5 million

Helping students succeed through graduation

We are continuing to explore ways to redefine and differentiate the undergraduate experience. Our goal is to provide real-world experiences throughout students’ time as undergraduates that will help them gain the foundation they need to be successful at IU and for life after IU.

For our transfer students, we are working to identify and implement tools to support the transfer credit review workflow to increase the speed with which student transfer credit can be evaluated and communicated to students. Additionally, our IU Bloomington Credit Transfer Service tool was adopted by the other IU campuses to help students in their transfer credit search.  

We also worked with the IU Office of Completion and Student Success to enhance the Student Engagement Roster, an early feedback tool that allows faculty members to communicate with students about how they are doing in a class and make recommendations to improve or deepen their learning.

For those Hoosier Scholars whose awards are funded by individual donors, we have provided opportunities for those donors to connect with their Hoosier Scholars and reconnect with Hoosier Scholars alumni. We also introduced the Mentor Collective—a mentorship program that matches freshman Hoosier Scholars with upper-level students, allowing each to grow, build connections, and develop strategies that will impact their college career. This year we saw the continued growth of the program, with over 1,200 participants and expanded our programs.

Because of my mentor, I feel more confident connecting with my professors and I am happy to have another familiar face on campus.

Mentor Collective mentee

In addition to continuing programs for first-year students, we partnered with the Division of Student Affairs on a Second Year Experience program. This program was designed to address the needs of second year students­ who, due to the pandemic, missed out on an on-campus first year experience at IU.

For our dual degree students, we partnered with academic units to enhance existing coding in support of students who are pursuing dual degrees. This helped to eliminate scholarship award issues for students who have exceeded the maximum number of credit hours for a single degree.

Finally, we expanded our eNotations, which are a series of digital certificates students can earn during their time at IU to help them stand out to potential future employers. The eNotations now include even more certificates from partners across campus.

Embracing organizational change to respond to students’ needs

We believe that to be a truly responsive organization, OEM must adapt to what students and our IU community need, even if that means changing how we operate.

Like last year, we once again pivoted to keep our staff, students, and supporters safe by adjusting event dates to respond to the pandemic. We also launched the Indiana University Degree Compendium, a first-of-its-kind online database that makes it easier for people to access information about when IU Bloomington alumni graduated and what they studied.

To continue our commitment to the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) recommendations resulting from our staff committee work, we have implemented the organizational realignment of human resources functions to support the DEI lens under the leadership of a new position, Director of Human Resources and Talent Management. The updated position will intentionally align with the thoughtful recommendations from our OEM DEI committees regarding staff culture, recruiting, onboarding and retention.

Our organizational structure has also changed to reflect the shifting needs of our students. Our newly created Office of Development celebrated its first year as a part of the OEM team with incredible success. By expanding our focus into development, we are now better able to connect the important areas of stewardship, institutional resources, and potential donors into a coordinated and targeted strategy to give students even more scholarship funding opportunities.

Additionally, we were excited to welcome another new position to the OEM team, Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director of Retention. This position will help OEM continue to foster an environment focused on retention, student success, eliminating equity gaps, and using data-informed decisions in support of the retention initiatives of the campus.

Learn more about the goals and accomplishments of the Office of Enrollment Management