From the desk of Dean Graham
We are off to a strong start of the semester with new faculty, new programs and new facilities. As we share the news of accomplishments by our students and colleagues, allow me to draw your attention to some sparkling numbers.
SPEA Indianapolis is posting eye-catching enrollment marks. The undergraduate and graduate classes total over 1,000 students. That marks an 11% increase over two years ago and is especially notable because IUPUI overall is down 0.4%.
SPEA Bloomington is breaking enrollment records at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate credit hours for this semester are up 6% over last year. We have just over 1,500 undergraduate students, a full 5% increase over the previous record set in 2011. We also have the largest graduate class in SPEA history with over 700 students. That breaks the previous record set in 2010 by a whopping 8%.
The numbers tell the story, but so does this photo. It shows our IUB graduate students at the newly renovated Alumni Hall, meeting together for the first time.
My thanks to the students for making SPEA their choice, and my congratulations to David Reingold and his team and Lilliard Richardson and his team for their recruitment and retention efforts.
We welcome these students with new facilities and new programs. In Bloomington, our Civic Leaders Center is off to a robust start with every residential space taken and a headline-making roster of speakers. In Indianapolis, our Justice and Pre-Law Community is now open in The Tower, a new residence hall. Both of these facilities underscore our desire to establish small and welcoming learning communities within the confines of large universities.
We also have new facilities within our academic buildings, including the state-of-the art classrooms on the second floor in Bloomington. I've written previously in this space about our new faculty members, and you can expect to read much in the months to come about our new undergraduate programs in Law and Public Policy and Education Policy.
It is heartening that, as we begin our 41st year, there is so much new to celebrate at SPEA. I hope you find the accompanying articles about our scholarship, facilities and faculty illuminating. Remember, I always welcome your thoughts on this newsletter or anything concerning SPEA. I can be contacted at 812-855-1432 or email@example.com.
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