Commitment to community engagement is in IUPUI's DNA. The campus was created in large part to serve the Indianapolis and Central Indiana communities. Now "Our Commitment to Indiana and Beyond" calls on us to go beyond our past accomplishments and to deepen our commitment to community engagement. Specifically, we will develop initiatives focused on expanding service learning, promoting economic development, and addressing urban needs. We will coordinate, evaluate, and report on engagement activities more systematically; define an effective economic model for community engagement; and re-envision the roles of students, faculty, and staff in a contemporary engaged urban institution. As has been our tradition, this work will take place "in and with," rather than "to and for," the various communities we serve.
As we look to deepen our commitment to civic engagement, we are encouraged by the enormous progress we have made over the past decade. The work of our students, faculty, and staff to improve life in Indianapolis, Central Indiana and beyond has earned recognition and numerous awards locally, statewide, and nationally. Students and faculty have increased their engagement in service learning almost tenfold between 2003-2004 and 2012-2013, as measured by hours of service provided. Initiatives like TRIP—Translating Research into Practice—have accelerated the application of our research findings to improving the quality of life in Indiana and beyond. We thus have a strong foundation to build on and every reason to be confident of our ability to accomplish even more in the years to come.