IU NORTHWEST

Setting up students for success: IU Northwest makes getting a world-class IU education convenient

2014-03-21T16:47:00Z Setting up students for success: IU Northwest makes getting a world-class IU education convenient nwitimes.com
March 21, 2014 4:47 pm

Indiana University Northwest understands the challenges students face in completing a bachelor or master degree. Consider the convenience IU Northwest offers to help students achieve academic success.

IU Northwest offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 70 academic programs, including:

- Arts and Sciences (including Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Master of Liberal Studies)

- Business and Economics (including AACSB-accredited Evening and Weekend MBA)

- Health and Human Services (including Master of Public Affairs and Master of Social Work)

- Education (including Master of Science in Elementary or Secondary Education, or Educational Leadership)

Accommodating students

With more than 90 online courses in 16 disciplines currently being offered, expansion of online learning is an IU Northwest campus priority, and is steadily becoming more embedded into the framework of the Northwest campus’s curriculum.

Along with online options, continuing attention is paid to course scheduling, to ensure that students have courses available in ways that align with their many commitments.

IU Northwest has developed a number of resources specifically designed to address the unique needs of students in their first year. From workshops to improve study skills and information sessions about specific majors, a number of opportunities are detailed on a “First Year Experience” web page that directs students to the resources they need that will help them easily transition to college-level study.

Another way to help students succeed and graduate is to provide opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school, which also enables them to earn Honors Diplomas. The campus’s Early College and Dual Credit agreements with area high schools have grown significantly, enabling qualified students to earn college credits and prepare for the transition to college-level study.

In July, IU received final funding approval to proceed with construction of a new 106,000-square-foot, $45 million academic building, to be located on the IU Northwest campus.

The new Arts & Sciences building will likely include academic and administration space and facilities for the IU Northwest Departments of Communication; Fine Arts; History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies; Minority Studies; Performing Arts; and Sociology and Anthropology.

The new building will serve the educational needs of both IU Northwest and Ivy Tech-Northwest students, which will strengthen the partnership between the two institutions and enhance the transfer-student pathway. Shared space for both institutions will include classrooms, conference rooms, and student lounge/study areas.

Construction is expected to begin later in 2014. The building is anticipated to take two years to complete, with a projected opening in fall 2016.

Community service enhances learning

An estimated 2,100 students annually contribute more than 126,000 service-learning hours, demonstrated through course work and projects that are integral to the academic experience and connect students with their communities.

Service-learning opportunities for students often result from community-based engagement partnerships, and in some cases, an opportunity for cross-disciplinary curriculum.

The examples of students putting their education to work in their communities cross all disciplines.

Business students provide low-income families with tax preparation assistance. Public and Environmental Affairs students assist with crime and emergency-response mapping for local police and fire departments. Students in medical fields offer free health checks to Glen Park residents. Education students work in urban classrooms through the Urban Teacher Education Program.

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