The IUP trustees on Thursday endorsed the university’s new vision statement, an action that concludes more than a year’s worth of work on a document that will guide the university as it makes decisions affecting its future.
The endorsement follows one given Tuesday by the University Senate, made up of faculty, staff and students.
The statement is a broadly written declaration of what the university is and what’s important to it. Its adoption is a first step in a few years’ worth of self-reflection IUP will be undertaking, partly out of necessity for its Middle States reaccreditation. But the university also wants to take stock of itself as it finds itself in an environment that is much different from years gone by.
Questions before the university include how best to fund itself as taxpayer support is on the decline and with less resources, what sorts of things it should and shouldn’t be doing, and how best to connect with students in a digital age.
IUP President Michael Driscoll said the statement will be a sort of pin on which to hang a variety of more specific planning documents that will be developed going forward.
The statement reads as follows:
“Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a community where teaching, research, and service empower students to become innovative leaders while enhancing communities throughout the world. Remaining true to its traditions, IUP assesses society’s needs and opportunities and meets them.
“Students are hardworking, ready to learn, and come from diverse cultures, places, and backgrounds. Energetic, dedicated, and diverse staff and faculty members welcome them to a personal, vibrant college home. Students participate in many intentional and interconnected learning experiences in their studies, in their lives, and in the world.
“Professors are active scholars and teachers in their disciplines who work together to expand their impact. They engage students in carefully designed open-ended, hands-on experiences to reinforce and enrich what students learn in the classroom. Professors use technology to enhance student learning and augment the face-to-face and peer-learning experiences that are the foundation of excellent education.
“Alumni say their student experience was the best preparation for work and life. They continue to find joy in the bonds they built as students and the new connections they make with faculty and staff members, students, and other alumni.
They are proud and they choose to invest in IUP’s future.
“IUP and the communities it serves work together to build a strong society and robust economy. IUP uses partnerships and activities to connect community members, students, faculty and staff members, and alumni, building a commitment to their shared future.”
• Demonstrating an excellent return on educational investment
• Knowing students as individuals who work closely with faculty and staff members
• Responding to the needs of students and society with a range of innovative programs and scholarship
• Employing evidence in decision making and in demonstrating results
• Drawing on IUP’s tradition in Indiana and western Pennsylvania to serve students worldwide
• Enjoying historic, inspirational and functional campuses and facilities
• Using technology to reach place-committed students and enhance learning for all
• Celebrating engaged, successful alumni