February 2017

Meeting our mission

Dear Friend of Indiana University:

As a public institution, IU is deeply committed to fulfilling its obligation to the people of Indiana to provide a first-rate education that is affordable, accessible, innovative and relevant; and serving as one of the most powerful forces for economic development in our state.

We are also determined to make the best possible case to the state’s political leaders that the university is deserving of continued strong financial support that has enabled us to meet our fundamental missions of education and engagement in Indiana’s future.

As many of you know, the so-called “long session” of the Indiana General Assembly is underway. During this time, our legislative body will determine state appropriations for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, including funding for IU and other public universities across Indiana.

IU has been preparing for the biennial budget process, which involves a multitude of talented and hardworking individuals from all across the university, for many months. IU submitted information to the state highlighting its performance on Indiana’s key funding measures almost a year ago, and we delivered our initial request for capital projects funding late last summer. I have made multiple presentations myself before various committees of both houses of the Indiana General Assembly.

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IU is producing more four-year and graduate degrees than any other institution in Indiana.

Indeed, this is a long, challenging and complex process, which is expected to continue through most of April. Fortunately, IU is represented at the Statehouse by an extremely talented state government relations team that works closely with Indiana’s government leaders, many of whom know and appreciate the value the state’s flagship university provides to Hoosiers from their own time at IU.

In recent years, the state has provided strong support for higher education. In the last budget session, the seven IU-administered campuses received combined increases in operating funds of more than 2.5 percent for this fiscal year and 2.8 percent for last fiscal year.

These increases reflected strong performance across all of our campuses to address the thoughtfully calibrated goals IU and the state’s Commission for Higher Education share in meeting crucial higher education needs in Indiana. They also allowed IU to continue to deliver an affordable, world-class education that offers students the knowledge, skills, advice and training they need to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive, 21st-century marketplace.

IU’s state appropriations will be determined by our achievements on the performance metrics established by the state. Those metrics are designed to address the issue of degree attainment, the number of students graduating with high-impact degrees (such as those in STEM fields), student persistence (students returning to college after their first semester and first year), on-time degree completion, and at-risk student completion (students in danger of academic failure).

Everyone associated with our university can be proud of the fact that on virtually all of these measures, IU has exhibited the strongest performance in the state.

With our strong enrollment numbers...we will continue to be—by far—the largest producer of Hoosier graduates annually in Indiana for the foreseeable future.

The generous gift from Powell and his wife, Kathy, will support the new Conrad Prebys Career Services Center, which is funded in part by a $20 million gift that the late IU alumnus and South Bend, Ind., native Conrad Prebys gave to IU in 2015. The center, scheduled to be completed this fall, will ultimately meet important career development and job placement needs for an increasing number of Kelley students and other students at IU Bloomington. Each of these gifts counts toward For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign, which has set a goal of $2.5 billion to be raised by 2020 and involves a university match for gifts to establish new endowed professorial positions and undergraduate and graduate scholarships.

This level of extraordinary support speaks volumes about the value of higher education, the promise of future generations and the strength of IU, which, for nearly 200 years, has readily accepted new opportunities to serve the people of our state and the nation by responding to society’s changing needs.

Of course, none of the success we have achieved would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our talented faculty and staff, and the steadfast support of our alumni and friends around Indiana, the nation and the world.

Your continued support of IU and our mission, your desire to keep our university moving forward and your determination to build a better future for IU and Indiana are deeply appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Michael A. McRobbie

President

Indiana University