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Chancellor William Lowe describes the IU Northwest campus for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Presentation focuses on student diversity, community engagement, and faculty achievement

Dr. Ken Coopwood, Director of Diversity Programming, speaks with IU Northwest alumna Bridgette Kelly.

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Dr. Ken Coopwood, Director of Diversity Programming, speaks with IU Northwest alumna Bridgette Kelly.

Indiana University Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe introduced members of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) to the Northwest campus on Thursday, Aug. 11, sharing with visiting ICHE members the stories and achievements of the university and its diverse students and alumni.  

The ICHE held its regularly scheduled August meeting at IU Northwest on Aug. 12. At a dinner the previous evening, Dr. Lowe delivered brief remarks to the Commission in which he described IU Northwest’s mission, in part, as being to provide good, qualified students of all ages and circumstances with the flexible scheduling, academic support, and instructional formats they need to achieve their educational goals and earn an IU degree.  

A video of Chancellor Lowe’s presentation may be viewed here

Dr. Lowe emphasized to the Commission that IU Northwest largely serves working students who pursue their educational objectives while also managing other job and family obligations. Forty percent of students attend IU Northwest on a part-time basis, he noted, and half of those who attend full time register for the minimum full-time class load of 12 credit hours. 

“Our students, whatever their ages, are managing their academic careers along with an often complex array of adult responsibilities and commitments,” Dr. Lowe said. “We provide the full range of academic support services and always look for new ways to enable our students to succeed. 

To illustrate this point, the Chancellor played a five-minute video that profiled five IU Northwest students or alumni, all of whom discussed how IU Northwest had helped them to balance college life with a host of other priorities. Those students included: Miracle Anokwute, junior biology and pre-med student; Bridgette Kelly, 2011 MPA graduate from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Fatima Qaisrani, junior chemistry and pre-med student; Tracy Traut, psychology alumna; and Emily Watson, junior Spanish and pre-med student. 

Chancellor Lowe told the ICHE that IU Northwest faculty members are deeply committed to providing students with a first-rate learning experience, even as they create additional learning and teaching opportunities through their own scholarly pursuits. 

He reported that, in 2010, IU Northwest faculty had published, or had in production, 23 books, 17 book chapters, and 195 scholarly articles, and had delivered 16 papers in conference proceedings. Twenty-five faculty members had been recognized with teaching awards in the past two years, he said, and four others were recognized for outstanding service or creativity.   

“Part of the role of an IU regional campus is to devote its intellectual, human and other resources to the advancement of the region that we serve,” Chancellor Lowe told the ICHE. “IU Northwest is an active part of Northwest Indiana and Gary, and is important neutral ground for community gatherings and discussions. As a campus, we have redoubled our commitment to civic and community engagement as a Strategic Priority.”

Prior to Thursday’s event, ICHE members toured the campus, and Chancellor Lowe hosted a reception for them in Moraine Student Center. The Commission’s formal meeting took place Friday in the Library Conference Center.

The ICHE works closely with public and independent colleges and universities to coordinate planning and budgeting for higher education in Indiana. 


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Cynthia O'Dell, Associate Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, speaks with Tracy Traut, a psychology alumna.

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Select IU Northwest students and alumni attend the ICHE presentation by Chancellor Lowe.