General Institutional Requirements


1. It has a mission statement, formally adopted by the governing board and made public, declaring that it is an institution of higher education.

The mission statement is a public document, published in IUPUI's paper and online bulletins, annual reports, and other materials intended for internal and external audiences. It also appears on the main campus Web site. The IUPUI Faculty Council endorsed the current mission in April 2002 and the Indiana University Board of Trustees gave its approval in June 2002.

Mission statement (PDF)
Resolutions to adopt or approve by Faculty Council (agenda)
Board of Trustee minutes

2. It is a degree-granting institution.

Degrees from IUPUI are conferred by either Indiana University or Purdue University, as appropriate to the degree-granting unit, based on recommendations by the faculties of such units at IUPUI. Certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees are awarded.

Approved Degree List
Trends in Degrees Awarded
IUPUI Comprehensive online bulletin

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3. It has legal authorization to grant its degrees, and it meets all the legal requirements to operate as an institution of higher education wherever it conducts its activities.

IUPUI has authority to confer degrees as an academic component of Indiana University and Purdue University and operates under the authority of both institutions. It meets all statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to state universities in Indiana. Currently, IUPUI does not offer degrees at sites overseas. The university is in compliance with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education's (ICHE) policy obligating it to meet all legal requirements for offering distance degree programs to students outside Indiana.

1970 IUPUI Agreement
State authorization to IU to grant degrees
State authorization to Purdue to grant degrees
ICHE Distance Education policy (PDF)

4. It has legal documents to confirm its status: not-for-profit, for-profit or public.

The state of Indiana code IC 20-12-23-1 states: " Sec. 1. Indiana University is hereby recognized as the university of the state.(Formerly: Acts 1852, 1RS, c.114, s.1.) As amended by P.L.2-1988, SEC.613." Appropriate IRS documents related to the federal tax-exempt status of Indiana University are available in the resource room. Links:
IC 20-12-23-1

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5. It has a governing board that possesses and exercises necessary legal power to establish and review basic policies that govern the institution.

Under the 1970 IUPUI Agreement, the Indiana University Board of Trustees is the governing body for IUPUI. The Board is charged by the Indiana General Assembly with broad decision-making authority to carry out the programs and missions of the eight campuses of Indiana University, including review and approval of university policies, rules, and budgets. The Purdue University Board of Trustees is consulted as appropriate.

Creation, Organization, Powers, and Responsibilities of Board of Trustees
1970 IUPUI Agreement
IU Board of Trustees IU Board of Trustees Contacts
Purdue Board of Trustees

6.  Its governing board includes public members and is sufficiently autonomous from the administration and ownership to assure the integrity of the institution.

The Indiana University Board of Trustees includes nine people elected or selected to serve the public interest. Five members are selected by the Governor for three-year terms; three are elected for three-year terms by Indiana University alumni; and one student is appointed to a two-year term by the Governor following a search-and-screen process. The IU Board meets monthly. Its autonomy and integrity are ensured by the processes for electing and selecting its members, by its powers and responsibilities as prescribed by the Indiana Code, and by its own Bylaws, which explicitly require compliance with the Indiana Open Meeting Law and the Code of Ethics as set forth in the Indiana Code. In addition, IUPUI has a Board of Advisors composed of community leaders in Indianapolis. While this Board has no statutory responsibility, members are consulted about important issues. The Board of Advisors meets every other month during the academic year.

Creation, Organization, Powers, and Responsibilities of Board of TrusteesIndiana Code Table of Contents
Members of the IUPUI Board of Advisors

7. It has an executive officer designated by the governing board to provide administrative leadership for the institution.

The Indiana University Board of Trustees is empowered to appoint the president of Indiana University, who is chief executive officer. The Board of Trustees also approves the appointment of the chancellors of each of the eight campuses of the university, including the chancellor of IUPUI, who also serves as a vice president of Indiana University.

Links: Creation, Organization, Powers, and Responsibilities of Board of TrusteesChancellor Bepko
President Brand

8.  Its governing board authorizes the institution's affiliation with the Commission.

IUPUI has been accredited continuously by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1972. The Trustees of Indiana University affirm IUPUI's affiliation with the NCA's Higher Learning Commission through authorization of payment of dues and participation in the reaccreditation process.

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9. It employs a faculty that has earned from accredited institutions the degrees appropriate to the level of instruction offered by the institution.

Appropriate degrees are required or are a primary criterion for appointment to full-time faculty rank, with 85 percent of full-time faculty holding doctoral/professional degrees from accredited institutions. In addition, 30 percent of part-time faculty hold doctoral/professional degrees.

Basic Institutional Data Forms-Full and Part-time faculty degrees

10. A sufficient number of the faculty are full-time employees of the institution.

Currently, 1688 faculty members at IUPUI, representing 65 percent of total faculty members, are employed full-time. IUPUI is working to increase the number and proportion of full-time faculty; on June 5, 2001, the Indiana University Board of Trustees raised tuition at IUPUI by 7.5 percent, with two percentage points of this increase designated for recruiting and hiring full-time lecturers to replace associate faculty (our unofficial term for part-time faculty), especially in threshold undergraduate courses. A three-year phased approach was undertaken to provide funding for employing over 100 new full-time lecturers - 17 in Liberal Arts,16 in Science, and two at IUPU Columbus were established in 2001-02. In year two (2002-03) 43 additional positions were established.

IUPUI works actively to support the professional development and recognition of associate faculty. An Associate Faculty Office within the IUPUI Office for Professional Development offers a range of instructional development conferences and workshops designed to enhance the teaching skills of associate faculty. Associate faculty members are eligible for internal teaching grants and awards (with several awards explicitly designated for associate faculty), as well as for an Associate Faculty Outstanding Service Recognition Award that recognizes and rewards associate faculty members who have made significant service contributions to the department, school, or university.

Associate faculty are invited to participate in all campus-wide faculty development programs and have full access to the services of the campus's Center for Teaching and Learning, where consultants work individually with clients on teaching issues, including the development of effective technology-based materials and approaches for specific courses. Individual schools and departments also provide professional development opportunities for associate faculty and work in other ways to include these faculty members in department academic planning and other aspects of department life. Opportunities for associate faculty are discussed more extensively in the "Learning and Teaching" special emphasis self-study.

December 2000 Report on Teaching (PDF)
Board Resolution to increase number of full-time lecturers (minutes, item II)
Office of Associate Faculty
Dean Plater memo on Conversion of Part-Time Lecturers

11. Its faculty has a significant role in developing and evaluating all of the institution's
educational programs.

Indiana University policy mandates that faculty be involved in all phases of developing, offering, and evaluating educational programs, and that they have primary responsibility for planning and approving new programs prior to such programs' submission for university approval. At IUPUI departmental faculty propose new programs. Their dean sends a proposal to the Dean of the Faculties, who consults the membership of the Academic Policies and Procedures Committee (APPC), and then forwards approved proposals to the Academic Officers Committee of Indiana University (the chief academic officers of IU's eight campuses). If given approval by the Academic Officers, proposals must be approved subsequently by the Trustees of Indiana University and then by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education. Guidelines for comprehensive program reviews for academic programs are established by the faculty-led Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC).

For Purdue degree programs, departmental faculty propose new programs and their dean sends the proposal to the Dean of the Faculties. Once received by the Dean of the Faculties, programs are reviewed and sent to the Indiana University Academic Officers Committee as an information item. The proposal is forwarded to the Office of the Purdue University Provost for review and approval and from there to the Office of the President of Purdue University. Once approved by the President, the proposal is sent to the Purdue University Board of Trustees, which forwards the proposal to the ICHE for final action.

Course Approval Process
Program Approval Process

Constitution of the IUPUI Faculty
Program Review Guidelines
New Academic Program Approval Guidelines (PDF)
Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC)
Academic Policies and Procedures Committee (APPC)

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Educational Program

12. It confers degrees.

In the 2001-2002 academic year 4684 degrees and certificates were conferred (4442 in 2000-01), including 358 certificates (288 in 2000-01), 537 associate degrees (638 in 2000-01), 2212 bachelor's degrees (2080 in 2000-01), 939 master's degrees (777 in 2000-01), 29 doctorates (38 in 2000-01), and 609 first professional degrees (621 in 2000-01).

Trends in Degrees Awarded
IUPUI Comprehensive online bulletin
1970 IUPUI Agreement
Degrees Conferred 2001-02

13. It has degree programs in operation with students enrolled in them.

In Fall 2002-2003, 29,025 students are enrolled: 577 in certificate programs (434 in 2001-02), 2676 in associate degree programs (2713 in 2001-02), 17639 in bachelor's degree programs (17335 in 2001-02), 2964 in master's degree programs (2633 in 2001-02), 256 doctoral programs (256 in 2001-02), and 2390 in first professional degree programs (2356 in 2001-02),. In addition 2523 non-degree seeking students are enrolled (2612 in 2001-02). The university also has 246 post-doctoral fellows.

Five year enrollment trend

Registrar's Enrollment Reporting Site
Fall 2002 Student Headcount

14. Its degree programs are compatible with the institution's mission and are based on recognized fields of study at the higher education level.

IUPUI's mission includes health and professional programs, as well as general academic programs. Its programs are compatible with Indiana University's overall mission, Purdue University's overall mission, and IUPUI's specific mission.

CIP code designations for degree programs
IUPUI Mission (PDF)

15. Its degrees are appropriately named, following practices common to institutions of higher education in terms of length and content of the programs.

IUPUI follows common practices in assigning degree designations to its academic programs. Degree programs also follow common higher education practices in defining length of study and both the content and proficiencies students are expected to master.

CIP code designations for degree programs
IUPUI Comprehensive online bulletin
Nursing PRAC report

16. Its undergraduate degree programs include a coherent general education requirement consistent with the institution's mission and designed to ensure breadth of knowledge and to promote intellectual inquiry. 

General education at IUPUI is based on six "Principles of Undergraduate Learning" (PULs) that specify the fundamental outcomes we expect all graduates to achieve. Accomplishment of the PULs is intended to equip IUPUI graduates with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed as professionals, community members, and decision-makers and to lead productive, satisfying lives. Adopted by IUPUI's Faculty Council in May 1998, following nearly a decade of deliberation, development, and campus-wide discussion, the PULs include a set of core skills in communication, quantitative reasoning, and information literacy, as well as higher-order intellectual abilities to think critically, integrate and apply knowledge, and understand the diversity of human cultures, societies, and perspectives.

Each school at IUPUI independently determines the specific course requirements that will enable its students to master the PULs. In practice, we have found that an "empirical core" curriculum has emerged, as each degree program has reached similar conclusions about those elements of the curriculum most likely to contribute to student learning of the PULs. In addition to this informal "empirical core," in 1998, the IU School of Liberal Arts and the Purdue School of Science jointly adopted the "Principled Curriculum" (now called the "Common Core Curriculum"), a set of common course requirements for general education, structured on the foundation of the PULs. The shared Common Core Curriculum allows students in two of IUPUI's largest schools greater flexibility in choosing a major or pursuing a double major across the two schools. Building on the framework of first-year experiences that introduce students to the PULs, designated courses that address one or more of the PULs, interdisciplinary "integrator" courses, and capstone experiences, the curriculum also encourages faculty collaboration across the schools.

IUPUI's approach to general education is discussed extensively in the "Planning and Assessing for Effective Learning" section of the Learning and Teaching special emphasis self-study.

May 1998 Faculty Council action on passage of the PULs
May 1998 Minutes of Faculty Council approval of PULs (agenda item VIII)
The PULs
The Common Core Curriculum
2000 - 2001 Campus-Wide Study of PULs

17. It has admission policies and practices that are consistent with the institution's mission and appropriate to its educational program.

Access to higher education has long been a primary responsibility of IUPUI. The new community college system, however, also has a strong access mission, and is expected to absorb many students, particularly those less well-prepared, who might otherwise have sought admission to IUPUI. Accordingly, while IUPUI continues to emphasize access, admissions policies are gradually moving from open-door admissions to modest selectivity, consistent with the ICHE's efforts to direct some under-prepared and nontraditional students to the community colleges. IUPUI continues to offer developmental programs to those students who need additional preparation.

Currently, new freshman applicants are expected to have completed a core of college preparatory courses with grades of C or better in those courses. Students fulfilling the course requirements, but not the grade requirements, are considered on a case-by-case basis with the number of unacceptable grades determining conditional admission or referral to the Community College of Indiana (CCI). Those students referred to the CCI are provided with a "passport" explaining the courses that must be completed at CCI and the grades required. Students completing the requirements are guaranteed transfer admission to the University College.

These admissions policies are intended to provide prospective students with guidelines that will to lead them to a successful higher education experience. The Academic Policies and Procedures Committee, representing all academic units, monitors admissions practices and recommends policy and procedural changes as needed to ensure consistency and equity.
Effective with students admitted for 2004, University College faculty will assume primary and initiating responsibility for reviewing and recommending changes in undergraduate admissions policies and practices in collaboration and in coordination with the IUPUI Faculty Council and with Enrollment Services.

Academic Handbook (PDF)
Academic Policies and Procedures Committee
Community College of Indiana
Undergraduate Admissions managed by University College
Beginning Freshman Admission Requirements

18. It provides its students access to those learning resources and support services requisite for its degree programs.

IUPUI provides students with access to a wide array of learning resources and support services. Five libraries (including the IUPU Columbus), together containing over 2,194,000 books and other printed materials, printed serials/periodicals, electronic serials/periodicals, and microforms, support IUPUI programs and students. Over 800 computer workstations are available in the libraries and other campus buildings, providing access to a full range of learning and information resources.

University College (UC), launched in 1998, is the academic home for new students at IUPUI. New students attend orientations sponsored by University College and are strongly encouraged to enroll in learning communities, courses taught by instructional teams that combine faculty, librarians, technology experts, advisors, and student mentors, all of whom help orient students to academic work at IUPUI. In 2002-2003, approximately 65 percent of entering beginning students participated in learning communities; efforts are underway to increase this number to 100 percent, if possible. UC students have access, not only to advisors, mentors, and tutors, but to Structured Learning Assistance (an adaptation of Supplemental Instruction), and career counseling. In 2000, University College, in collaboration with the Office for Professional Development, launched the Gateway Program, which targets the 33 highest-enrollment courses for first- and second-year students, providing special programs and support to both faculty teaching these courses and students enrolled in them.

A range of other support services, including services that provide individual help with writing and mathematics, are available to IUPUI students. Developmental courses in writing and mathematics are offered to students identified as needing further work in those fields in order to succeed academically, and an Honors Program serves high-achieving, highly motivated students. Once students are enrolled in a major program, the individual schools offer a full range of advising, internships, career placement counseling and other support services as well.

Learning resources and support services for students are discussed in detail in the Learning and Teaching special emphasis self-study.

Libraries at IUPUI Web site
Basic Institutional Data Form-Libraries (PDF)
Documentation on computing resources
UC Web site
Learning Communities/First Year Seminars Web site
Honors Program Web site
Math Assistance Center Web site
University Writing Center Web site
Career Center Web site
Status of Distance Education at IUPUI
Adaptive Education Services
Office of Professional Development
Gateway Program
IUPUI Comprehensive online bulletin
Student Technology Centers

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19. It has an external financial audit by a certified public accountant or a public audit agency at least every two years.

IUPUI is audited as a part of the Indiana University annual audit by the Indiana State Board of Accounts, as are all other public institutions in the state. This annual process is ongoing and is required by state law. The most recent financial audit was completed in 2001. A copy of the Indiana University Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2000-2001 is available in the resource room.

Indiana State Board of Accounts

Indiana State Board of Accounts Audit Report

20. Its financial documents demonstrate the appropriate allocation and use of resources to support its educational programs.

In 2000-2001 (the most recent year for which figures are available), IUPUI allocated approximately $213,780,000 of general fund revenues (state appropriations plus tuition and fees) to instruction, $102,740,000 to academic support, $10,880,000 to student services, and $8,000,000 to scholarships and fellowships. This total of $335,400,000 comprises about 70 percent of our general fund revenues, which were $484,610,000 in 2000-2001. Previous years show a similar pattern of allocations, which is consistent with IUPUI's strong emphasis on the educational component of its mission.

In addition, most of the revenues generated by the nine percent increase in IUPUI's tuition and fees for 2002-2003 have been allocated to support teaching and learning. Of the nine percent, two percentage points are being used to convert part-time faculty positions to full-time ones, one percentage point is allocated to retention initiatives, and most of the remaining funds support faculty salary increases.

Indiana University's system of responsibility center management (RCM), implemented in 1989, devolves most budgeting responsibilities to the academic units, meaning that those closest to instructional activities make allocation decisions related to support for educational programs. Reviews of RCM in 1994 and 2000 affirmed the value of the RCM model in ensuring that budget allocations are both consistent with overall institutional priorities and responsive to individual units' academic program needs, stating that "it is the unanimous consensus of the Committee that RCM should be continued. The committee strongly reaffirms the benefits of decentralized financial management found in the RCM environment." The report further recommended that we keep and enhance RCM, maintain the principle of carry-forward of surpluses and deficits, continue the policy of not permitting deficit spending as the rule, move to a flat tax to replace the current RC assessments, provide additional information about the sources and uses of funds for the IU Administration Tax.

Committee members (1994 and 2000)
2000 Committee report (PDF) (1994 Committee report available in resource room)
Fiscal Health Report 2002

21. Its financial practices, records, and reports demonstrate fiscal viability.

IUPUI is on sound financial footing, as the 2000-2001 Indiana University Financial Report shows. In response to uncertainties about the Indiana economy that may affect levels of state support for the university, IUPUI has outlined a plan to address potential reductions or delays in state funding. A contingency fund has been established to help offset anticipated reductions in legislative appropriations for the next fiscal year. Following a mandate by the IU Board of Trustees, each Responsibility Center maintains financial reserves of at least three percent, as does the campus as a whole.

To date, higher revenues from tuition and fees generated by enrollment growth and tuition and fee increases have largely compensated for state funding delays and rescissions. In addition, the current "Campaign for IUPUI" has succeeded beyond expectations and has twice increased its original goal. As of September 2002, 21 months before the campaign is scheduled to end, the campus has exceeded the goal of $700 million. These funds will help to solidify and expand IUPUI's total resource base.

Indiana University's Financial Information System (FIS) and Financial Data Retrieval System (FDRS) provide fiscal officers and other administrators the ability to monitor the financial status of individual accounts, Responsibility Centers, and the campus as a whole in real time and on an ongoing basis. Fiscal officers have ongoing professional development opportunities through the Fiscal Officer Development Training Series offered through the Office of the IU Vice President for Finance. Each fall and spring, Responsibility Center fiscal officers, the campus administration, the university administration, and the Board of Trustees project RC fiscal expectations for the current year. Mid-year analyses of these projections provide an early warning system for potential problem areas.

Demonstration of FDRS
Office of Administration and Finance
Financial Management Service
The Campaign for IUPUI

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Public Information

22. Its catalog or other official documents includes its mission statement along with accurate descriptions of:

Its educational programs and degree requirements;
Its learning resources;
Its admissions policies and practices;
Its academic and non-academic policies and procedures directly affecting students;
Its charges and refund policies;
The academic credentials of its faculty and administrators.

In 2000, IUPUI began publishing a single university bulletin with information on all undergraduate and most master's programs. Basic information on graduate and professional programs is also included, as is the mission statement. The bulletin is available both in print and on the Web. In addition, each school maintains a Web site where educational programs, school policies, and school-specific learning resources are described. The main campus Web site, as well as the print and online bulletins, include comprehensive information on learning resources at IUPUI. Policies and procedures affecting students are described in several publications: school brochures and bulletins; the IUPUI Class Schedule; the online and printed campus-wide bulletins; and the Student Code of Ethics (also in the online bulletin). Orientation programs also provide information on these policies and procedures. Admissions policies are set forth in the bulletins, on the campus Web site, and on school Web sites, where applicable. Policies concerning charges, refunds, and fees are published in the online and printed bulletins and the schedule of classes. A variety of resources provide information on faculty members' academic credentials, including: school Web sites, bulletins, deans' offices, and the Office of Academic Policies, Procedures and Documentation.

IUPUI's comprehensive on-line bulletin
Office of Academic Policies, Procedures and Documentation Web site
IUPUI Schools Admission and Enrollment

23. It accurately discloses its standing with accrediting bodies with which it is affiliated. 

IUPUI's standing with appropriate accrediting bodies is discussed in the online and printed bulletins and relevant Web sites.

IUPUI's comprehensive on-line bulletin (accreditation section)
IUPUI Accreditation by School

24. It makes available upon request information that accurately describes its financial

IUPUI's annual Performance Report, which is widely distributed to on- and off-campus stakeholders, includes information on the campus's financial status. Detailed reports on the fiscal health of each responsibility center are included in unit annual reports available on the Web. Such information is also available in the Indiana University Financial Report for 2000-2001 (available in the resource room). In addition, the campus budget is public information, available through the University Budget Office, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, and state government.

Annual Planning and Budgeting Report, 2001-2002
Annual Planning and Budgeting Report, 2002-2003

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