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IUPUI Campus Center

The new hub for campus life, the IUPUI Campus Center.

Headline: An 'up-and-coming' campus

IUPUI is one of 70 "up-and-coming schools" in the United States that everyone should be watching, says U.S. News & World Report. For its 2008 college rankings, the national magazine asked college presidents and administrators to identify schools that have made "striking improvements or innovations" for placement on the up-andcoming schools list. According to the magazine, IUPUI and the other institutions are "firmly focused on improving the job they're doing today — at least in the judgment of their peers."

Chancellor Charles R. Bantz says the magazine's report reinforces what many on his campus and elsewhere already know.

"IUPUI is a school to watch because the faculty focus on transforming lives through learning," Bantz says. "The willingness to be creative with teaching strategies, to be innovative in research and to engage the community in finding solutions creates a cascade of impact that attracts attention and influences opinion-makers."

IUPUI was recognized for having three outstanding programs that are commonly linked to student success: first-year experience, learning communities and service learning.

Enrollment milestone

For the first time in its four-decade history, IUPUI's enrollment figures topped the 30,000 mark this past fall, and included students from all 50 states and a record 1,300-plus international students hailing from 122 countries. According to Rebecca Porter, IUPUI's executive director of enrollment services, IUPUI's "growth in reputation as an urban research campus" helped push upward not just the number but the quality of students. In all, the average SAT score for IUPUI students increased by 15 points.