GOAL ONE: Recruitment and Enrollment of New Students
We strive to increase enrollment of beginning, returning, transfer, and graduate students with targeted recruitment to include diverse populations.
- Increase the market share of high school graduates from the region to six percent/130 students by 2026.
- Increase the yield percentage from admits to enrolled from 34% to 39% by 2026.
- Increase new first-time students from 482 Fall 2021 to 600 representing a 24% increase by 2026.
- Increased the number of transfer students from 236 to 250 representing a 6% increase by 2026.
- Increase the enrollment of 21st Century Scholars from 91 students to 200 (120%) and high school students with college credit from 160 to 200 (24%) by 2026.
- Increase the re-enrollment of former students without degrees to 200 students representing 6% by 2026.
- Increase the number of enrolled graduate students from 397 to 450 representing an 11% increase by 2026.
- Build/enhance partnerships with high schools.
- Increase awareness and reputation of IU Northwest, including our HSI/MSI designation, in the Northwest and Chicagoland area.
- Design a degree completion campaign focused on former students without degrees.
- Establish graduate school recruitment, admissions, and enrollment campaign.
- Develop an enrollment campaign with academic experiences and interactions for new students.
- Enhance collaboration with Ivy Tech and Illinois Community Colleges creating academic pathways to high demand programs or Online Education.
GOAL TWO: Retention and Graduation Rate - Close the Achievement Gap
Increase the retention and graduation of students and reduce achievement gaps.
- Retention Rate Outcome: Increase to and sustain the first- to second-year retention rate of first-time, full-time students (FTFT) at 70% by 2026.
- Graduation Rate: Increase to and sustain the 6-year graduation rate of first-time, full-time students at 40% by 2026.
- Degree Completion: Increase degree completions for all students to meet or exceed the average of our peer institutions by 2026.
- Retention Rate Achievement Gap Outcome: Reduce by 1/3 the difference between first- to second-year retention rate for systemically underserved groups as compared to the at large student population by 2026.
- Graduation Rate Achievement Gap Outcome: Reduce by 1/3 the difference between the 6-year graduation rate for systemically underserved groups as compared to the at large student population by 2026.
- Campus Environment: Increase our overall score in the NSSE Campus Environment categories (Quality of Interactions and Supportive Campus Environment) to meet or exceed the average of our peer institutions.
- Eliminate obstacles and encourage engagement.
- Increase and enhance the interactions between first- and second-year students of color and faculty and staff of color.
- Improve and more clearly communicate support services and programs.
- Develop and expand innovative pedagogical, academic, and curricular initiatives.
- Establish a culture of continuous quality improvement.
- Enhance the learning environments on campus.
GOAL THREE: Strengthen Academic Programs
We will strengthen academic programs by supporting faculty, modernizing learning spaces, and expanding academic programs and student participation in them.
- We will recruit and retain strong adjunct faculty by increasing resources for adjunct faculty, by increasing adjunct faculty sense of belonging and support, and by offering competitive compensation.
- We will increase the number of active learning classrooms and updated teaching laboratory spaces to 20% of total instructional spaces.
- We aim to move the demographics of our faculty to more closely correspond to the characteristics of the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana region.
- We commit to supporting effective existing student success initiatives as well as to developing new ones. We plan to increase student participation in these programs by 25%.
- We commit to supporting existing interdisciplinary programs that are particularly important for our campus identity and to creating at least two new IU Northwest-based interdisciplinary programs.
- We will further support our existing programs identified as having high demand by increasing capacity for student majors in them by 5% and by increasing the percentage of courses taught by full-time faculty in high demand programs by 10%.
- We commit to supporting existing faculty research and creative activity across ranks while enhancing our capacity to increase those opportunities.
- Improving adjunct faculty support.
- Enhancing the learning environments on campus.
- Expand and enhance student success initiatives.
- Increase campus commitment of resources to high-demand programs.
- Increase diversity of faculty.
- Supporting faculty research and creative activity.
- Support existing and develop new interdisciplinary programs.
GOAL FOUR: Partnerships and Engagement with the Community
We will foster and strengthen collaborative relationships that promote, build, and sustain the wellbeing* of the campus and our communities.
- By 2023, build and implement a system to improve faculty and staff reporting and tracking of partnerships and engagement with the community.
- Increase by 10% over the 2023 baseline, engagement opportunities and partnerships that support student learning and growth.
- Increase by 5% each year over the 2021 baseline, reports from faculty on existing and new community engaged/ based scholarship (teaching, research, and creative activities).
- Increase by 5% over the 2023 baseline, staff engagement in partnerships in the community.
- By 2026, increase by 25%, community participation in campus decision-making practices.
- By 2026, increase by 25%, alumni and student group engagement in the community.
- Identify opportunities for collaboration and enhance partnerships between the campus community and the external community.
- Increase and advance the use of community engagement technology, such as Collaboratory.
- Develop a set of community-based and service-learning opportunities with measurable outcomes and impacts.
- Elevate and support community engagement as an important component of faculty contributions.
- Promote/support the engagement of staff for/with the community.
- Strengthen and identify new pathways for community partners to become a part of the campus community.
GOAL FIVE: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice in all of our conversations, programs, and services to ensure that all individuals are respected, valued and supported.
- Increase the number of full-time faculty and staff actively pursuing DEI+ learning opportunities to 90% and for part time faculty and staff to 50% by 2026.
- Improve sense of belonging and opportunities for collaboration among faculty, staff, and students by 2026.
- Increased trust in how discrimination and harassment complaints will be addressed and resolved by 2026.
- Increasing incorporation of DEI+ considerations within goals, strategies, and actions across IUN by 2026.
- Create a DEI+ Plan that strives to improve DEI+ trends based upon ongoing campus data collection and analysis by 2026.
- Provide professional development on DEI topics for all employees.
- Through a collaborative process, create a campus engagement plan in order to improve the sense of belonging among faculty, staff, and students.
- Establish the expectation that unit DEI+ goals and strategies will be discussed and addressed with the spirit of continuous improvement within all units.
- Develop a communication and training plan to educate the campus community about the grievance/complaint processes and complaint resolution.