Minority Recruitment and Retention

Student and faculty diversity is a vital component of IU Bloomington's mission of academic excellence. Conscious of the recognized link between diverse student bodies and improved learning outcomes for all students, the university devotes care, attention, and resources to increasing minority representation.

At the core of IU Bloomington's educational mission is a commitment to developing leaders. The university aims to further the causes of democracy and justice by opening pathways to leadership for members of traditionally underrepresented minority groups. Developing a vibrantly diverse campus not only creates opportunities for members to advocate for their own communities, but is also critical for multicultural understanding and collaboration in a deeply interconnected world.

In concert with IU's Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, the Office of the Provost is working to unite and strengthen university efforts to attract and support minority students and faculty in order to ensure a welcoming, encouraging, and enriching atmosphere for all university community members.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Indiana University Bloomington has obtained an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) to provide personalized support for faculty members, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars. NCFDD offerings include web-based tools for maximizing productivity, personalized mentoring, time-management, and small-group networking with professors and scholars at other universities.

NCFDD has particular strengths in supporting diverse faculty members and scholars through mentoring and peer support. Small groups are organized among faculty members who are navigating through similar life situations, such as being the only minority faculty member in a department or raising small children while pursuing tenure.

IU Bloomington invested in this resource after hearing from faculty members that it made an enormous and positive difference for them. The service is now available to IU Bloomington faculty, graduate students, and postdocs. To find out more about services available through NCFDD, contact Tom Gieryn, gieryn@indiana.edu.

Martin McCrory named Vice Provost for Educational Inclusion and Diversity

Martin McCrory, an award-winning teacher on the faculty of the Kelley School of Business and chair of its Undergraduate Honors Program, has been appointed associate vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs and vice provost for educational inclusion and diversity at Indiana University Bloomington.

McCrory's selection as the new vice provost and associate vice president recognizes his record of teaching excellence and commitment to undergraduate education. He received the 2000 Junior Faculty Award of Excellence from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, awarded to only one faculty member in the U.S. He has received over two dozen IU teaching awards, including the Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty, the Kelley School's Schuyler F. Otteson Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, the Kelley Senior Class Award for Outstanding Teaching and Positive Impact, the Alpha Kappa Psi Teacher's Excellence Award, the MBA Teaching Excellence Award, the Harry Sauvain Teaching Award, the IU Student Association Jimmy Ross Award, the Brown Derby Award and the Trustees Teaching Award.

The new position reflects the commitment of the university and campus to attract, support and retain students from minority groups that have been underrepresented in higher education. McCrory will have broad responsibility for inclusion and diversity on the Bloomington campus, and primary responsibility for undergraduate programs including the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program, the Groups Program and the 21st Century Scholars Program.


Balfour Scholars Program

A new program will bring Indiana high school students from under-represented minority groups to the Indiana University Bloomington campus to introduce them to and prepare them for college and provide support throughout their academic careers at IU.

The Balfour Scholars Program is a project of the Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration at the IU School of Education in collaboration with the IU Office of Enrollment Management and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. A pilot program will begin Summer 2013.

Thanks to a four-year, $800,000 grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, whose trustee is Bank of America N.A., the Balfour Scholars Program will provide students with support beginning the summer after their junior year of high school and continuing through the following year. For those who attend IU Bloomington, the support will extend throughout their college education.


Increased Support for Minority Student Excellence and International Engagement

In Fall 2012, Indiana University added $1.9 million to support the recruitment and retention of students into the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program, which has continued to exceed the campus average in on-time graduation rates. This additional support resulted in a 21% increase in the number of Hudson & Holland students in the entering class, to a record 271 – double its number in 2010.

Additionally, the Provost has committed $300,000 to support study-abroad opportunities for underrepresented minority and first-generation students. This funding is intended to overcome financial constraints that might otherwise limit students' ability to engage in these opportunities, which provide highly beneficial international experience contributing to an understanding of today's global and interconnected society.

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