I hope you are enjoying a great summer and finding time to relax after a busy and most productive year. This past week the IU Board of Trustees approved our 2011-2012 budget. I want to thank you for participating in the budget hearings; the process was open, transparent and very helpful as I worked with the cabinet to craft and finalize a budget. Our budget is based on our values, strategic plan and focuses on our three themes.
As you know from President McRobbie's message, we were authorized a 1.5% pool salary increase. Last Fall we were able to address 40% of the equity gaps and I am committed to continue to close those salary gaps that have developed over many years.
I am pleased to report that many of the budget requests and needs have been fulfilled. Detailed budgets will be distributed this week. Among the additional resources we deployed were support materials for art classes, new computer software for the New Media Program, a fulltime director of student teaching, a graduate admissions coordinator, additional financial aid funds, and new equipment for the physical plant, just to name a few.
As we look to this coming academic year, our future looks bright. With our emphasis on building our brand and role in the region, new enrollment strategies, new degree programs (a campus wide effort by many), and the introduction of athletics, we should realize increased enrollment. With our degree completion pilot programs and our continued focus on intrusive advising, we should continue to see growth in the retention and graduation of students. Our new website will allow us to showcase our campus in ways that we have never done before.
Our strong positioning and many successes are a direct result of your hard work, initiatives and commitment. As my first year comes to a close, I want to thank you for making me feel welcomed and supported. All that we have accomplished is because of your efforts! I look forward to an exciting year filled with growth and continued success.
Michael Harris, Ph.D.
Chancellor and Professor of Public and Environmental
Affairs, Business and Education