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IU 2030: IU’s Strategic Plan for a Stronger Indiana

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Indiana University — one of the nation’s leading public research universities — has a bold new plan to advance student success, expand the depth and breadth of IU research, and strengthen the university’s impact in communities across the state and around the world.

IU 2030 is a comprehensive university-wide strategic plan, approved by the university Board of Trustees in April, that lays out objectives and metrics for success across three strategic pillars: student success and opportunity; transformative research and creativity; and service to Indiana and beyond.

“We are charting an ambitious seven-year vision for IU, with a roadmap to new heights that reaffirms the university’s rightful place within the highest tier of American public higher education,” IU President Pamela Whitten said. “Together with faculty, staff and students, we will ensure that the outcomes of IU 2030 are felt worldwide.”

Student success and opportunity

Faculty excellence, cutting-edge curricula and a hyperfocus on equipping students to succeed in a globally interconnected world are hallmarks of the student success pillar of IU 2030. The plan also reaffirms the university’s pledge to provide an affordable, high-quality education available to all, while setting students up for success with a renewed emphasis on STEM disciplines, including new degrees in nanotechnology and microelectronics, among others, Whitten said.

Gift aid for IU undergraduates has grown 57% in the past eight years, IU officials noted, putting an IU degree within reach of a broader cross-section of students and helping more of them start their careers on solid financial ground. Officials also said that over the past two years, more than half of IU’s bachelor’s degree students across IU campuses have graduated with zero debt.

Transformative research and creativity

From breakthroughs in DNA technology to cancer research and world-renowned performing arts and cultural programs, IU’s impact as a research and creative powerhouse is well established. With an emphasis on expanding partnerships with industry, academic peers and other key constituencies, the university is driving innovation and discovery across all campuses, indicative of its robust commitment to transformative research and creativity as part of IU 2030.

IU faculty secured $732 million in research funding in 2022, with $521 million of that total directly funding high-impact research in artificial intelligence, cancer research, cybersecurity, environmental sustainability, social sciences and more. 

Service to Indiana and beyond

As Indiana’s flagship public university with campuses statewide, IU is improving the lives of Hoosiers, strengthening the cultural and economic vitality of the state of Indiana, and pursuing innovation and new knowledge.

Attracting and retaining top talent is critical to powering Indiana’s focus on bioscience, artificial intelligence and machine learning, battery technology, cybersecurity, microelectronics/semiconductors, and advanced manufacturing.

With new degree programs and expanding collaborations, IU is tapping its global reach, faculty expertise and alumni network to grow talent pipelines in these critical sectors, while continuing its long-standing contributions in health sciences, law, education, business, arts and more. IU’s partnership with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, is one example of how IU’s educational and research assets are supporting the nation’s strategic defense initiatives while advancing and accelerating innovative solutions to national security challenges.

Further innovation is evident in the planned Science and Technology Corridor, which will serve as a focal point of Central Indiana’s science and technology ecosystem, leveraging expanded research programs, new laboratory space and robust STEM degree programs.

One university, statewide impact
IU 2030 paints a bold picture for the university’s next seven years, distilling the vision and hope of hundreds of IU faculty, staff and students who care deeply about the success of their campus. From the core campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis, to the IU School of Medicine and IU campuses in Richmond, Kokomo, South Bend, Gary and New Albany, each campus has unique needs and aspirations. IU 2030 sets a path for how each will support student success, advance discoveries, and chart a course for vital contributions to the cultural and economic vitality of the communities they serve.

“The plans reflect the unique qualities of our varied campuses but are united by shared pillars and key principles that are important to IU university-wide,” Whitten said. “By linking IU’s strengths with the state’s needs, we will improve lives and shape the vitality of our state for decades to come.”