17 January 2012
KOKOMO, Ind. – Spring semester at Indiana University Kokomo tops the record books in the campus’ 62-year history, with an overall enrollment increase of nearly 10 percent, the largest spring freshman class ever, and the highest number of full-time students. The continued growth at IU Kokomo is a direct result of strategic and intentional efforts by campus leadership, faculty, and staff to enhance academic success, financial support, and campus life – as well as a strong commitment to serve north central Indiana.
“We can attribute much of our growth to the quality of our world-class campus, and the depth and breadth of our program offerings, the innovations and significant changes we introduced, as well as the hard work and commitment of our faculty and staff,” said Chancellor Michael Harris. “Our students graduate ready for tomorrow’s economy, and for graduate and professional schools. We are innovative and forward looking, while building on our past.”
The campus also shows the highest number ever of students returning from fall semester.
During the past 18 months, the campus implemented 12 new degree programs, revised its academic advising centers, reinvented recruitment strategies, enhanced financial aid, developed a stronger relationship with Ivy Tech Community College and area high schools, introduced competitive sports, and placed importance on beautifying the campus.
In addition, IU Kokomo is experimenting with cutting-edge programs and initiatives that will increase degree attainment, like the Student Success Tuition Discount program that saves students a year’s worth of tuition while ensuring degree completion.
Recently, IU Kokomo has been recognized as scoring the highest grade in the state from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), which is based on what is taught in the classrooms. Also, IU Kokomo students will graduate with the least amount of debt as compared to other IU regional campuses.
Ninety-nine percent of IU Kokomo’s student body are residents of Indiana, the highest number of any IU campus. More importantly, 90 percent of these students stay in Indiana to work and live, while 80 percent reside within the region.
“We are extremely gratified that students and their parents value the quality of education we provide at IU Kokomo, and the measures we’ve taken to ensure academic excellence and student success,” Harris said.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.