The Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) at Indiana University Northwest engages the University and the community in the creation of positive, sustainable and impactful programs and initiatives. CURE works collaboratively with organizations in all sectors to promote continued learning, solution-based interaction and mutually-beneficial partnerships in our communities.
Please browse our web pages for more information about our partnership in the community, programs and events. Contact our staff to learn more about ways the center can work with your organization to drive positive change.
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The Center for Urban and Regional Excellence offers a leading Adult Education program that promotes professional development, lifelong learning, and personal enrichment for residents throughout Northwest Indiana. Our non-credit programs are strategically focused to prepare individuals for productive employment, help professionals advance their careers, provide employees with work skills development, and assist companies that want to invest in their employees through customized work-related training and certification programs.
A faculty member of the School of Education serves as the Board Chairman of this organization. The School of Education sponsors on-campus summer events for student members of this group.
The School created an AACSB award-winning Assessment Center, which utilizes a series of exercises to assess student development on the 12 dimensions of management. The Center uses local business executives to evaluate the student’s skill level and knowledge on each dimension and incorporates external review into the assessment process. This Center provides skill development exercises to assist students and an interface both for the students and the School with the NWI employers and businesses.
The School has developed an active, 25-member Business Advisory Board to provide an effective interface with the business community and an organized way of gathering feedback from the business community on the Mission and the Strategic Plan. The School and the Business Advisory Board partnered to create the Business Alliance, which hosts a significant business speaker event that is sponsored by local employers each year and attended by more than 200 people. The Business Advisory Board also offers the School financial support, networking opportunities and job opportunities for students who are seated at employer tables.
The Calumet Regional Science Fair invites student scientists from 22 Lake County schools to the IU Northwest campus to demonstrate their science and engineering expertise. The fair is divided into three main divisions consisting of the elementary, junior and senior divisions. Each division is then subdivided into eighteen categories, including: animal science, social and behavior science, biochemistry, chemistry, cellular biology, computer science, electrical engineering, earth and space science, environmental analysis, environmental management, energy and transportation, bio-engineering, math, medicine and health science microbiology, physics and astronomy, team, and plant science. Students demonstrate their expertise in hopes of advancing to the Statewide Science Fair.
More than 30 K-12 teachers receive graduate-level instruction each year from the Center for Economic Education, accredited by the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE), and which provides programs for local students in grades 6 through 12 on the local economic conditions and workshops for service-area educators. The Center serves close to 150 K-12 teachers annually.
Client businesses, governmental agencies and not-for-profit organizations are served by the Center for Management Development, which provides management consulting using the School’s faculty and staff for 10 new local and national businesses each year. The Center allows faculty to apply their expertise to local and national business issues through hands-on consulting experiences.
A catalyst for growth, the IU Northwest Community Garden collaboratively builds capacity and connections. The Garden is open to all members of the campus and public and is committed to education, health, social and physical well-being. The IU Northwest Community Garden is located on the corner of 35th and Washington, across from the Anderson Library/Conference Center.
Community members receive basic, low-cost dental services provided by dental students under faculty supervision.
A compilation of research and pedagogical materials for use by faculty, students and community constituents. This effort is collaboration between Office of Diversity Programming, the campus library, and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).
Local teams, comprised of students from Northwest Indiana elementary and middle schools, participate in this competitive event. At these events students are involved with using science and technology to solve various real-world challenges. More than 30 teams, comprised of students from schools around the area, compete at IU Northwest. Each team will compete for one of nine spots to advance their team to the Indiana Championship Tournament.
Indiana University Northwest is proud to launch the One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative, in which the campus community will consider and reflect upon the themes, messages and learning points of one book for a selected period of time.
Science Olympiad is a regional, state and national science based competition for middle and high school students. Students compete in teams in various science related events. Teams that win the regional competition advance to the state competition – usually at IUB. The state champions advance to the national competition involving all 50 states. The national competition takes place at different universities throughout the nation. Science Olympiad started in 1982 and has grown to include close to 8,000 middle and high schools throughout the nation.
Through the Senior University program, IU Northwest has offered programming to senior residents for almost two decades. Since 2012, the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence has successfully continued the program’s mission of providing educational, social, and engaged learning opportunities for seniors residing in Northwest Indiana. This includes offering a variety of free workshops, seminars, and programs for seniors throughout the year.
The School of Education brings nationally renowned teaching experts to campus to participate in public programs for the region’s teachers.
Students in the required capstone class, under the supervision of business faculty, provide general business analysis, valued at over $10,000, to a client business through the Small Business Institute (SBI). This program has served more than 125 local businesses during the past 10 years.
Northwest Indiana’s only UTEP program prepares students to teach urban students and works directly with local school districts to place those student teachers where they are most needed.