Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is Indiana’s urban research university and health sciences campus. Headquarters of nationally ranked programs including nursing, public and environmental affairs, law, and business, IUPUI also offers award-winning first year experiences and continues to be recognized for service learning and civic engagement. Our location within blocks of downtown Indianapolis facilitates advancement of research and teaching, and presents unique opportunities for internships, partnerships, community engagement, and more.
As home to the second largest medical school and largest nursing school in the U.S., and to the state’s only dental school, we are one of the nation’s largest producers of health and life science degrees. Consonant with mission statements dating to the institution’s earliest years, we are one of the nation’s most recognized institutions for civic engagement and contributions to the well-being of our community. We have earned numerous awards and been widely recognized for innovation and effectiveness in the first-year experience, service learning, international education, and assessment of student learning outcomes.
In Fall 2013, IUPUI enrolled some 30,500 students representing all 50 states and 140 countries. Though we continue to be primarily a commuter campus, our addition of new residence facilities during the past decade means that approximately 2,000 of our students can now live on campus. These facilities enable us to offer numerous residential learning communities to deepen connections with the campus and foster student success.
In fact, the development of an effective First-Year Experience has been a key emphasis over the past two decades, reflecting the high priority we place on improving retention, graduation, and student academic success. First-Year Seminars are taught by collaborative teams representing both academic and support units, and many FYS sections are components of interdisciplinary Themed Learning Communities. From First-Year Experiences through culminating capstone courses, undergraduate programs emphasize integrative and applied learning, and interdisciplinary degree programs and certificates are increasingly widespread. Graduate and professional programs frequently focus on new interdisciplinary fields as well and are supported through a wide array of relationships with clinical faculty and community partners.
From First-Year Experiences to terminal degrees, teaching and learning at IUPUI unfold against a backdrop of assessment that helps to assure us and our students that their learning experience meets or exceeds appropriate standards. We are proud that, in 2006, IUPUI received the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) award for Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes for implementing and assessing our Principles of Undergraduate Learning, and that, in 2008, we were recognized by the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education for building a culture of evidence to improve learning at IUPUI.