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Chancellor Paydar highlights the vital partnership with Indianapolis in annual Report to the Community

February 28, 2017

Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar delivered the annual Chancellor's Report to the Community on Feb. 15, highlighting the vital partnership between the campus and the city of Indianapolis.

Paydar cited several statistics to show the importance of what the campus contributes to the community:

  • More than 6,600 degrees were awarded to students at IUPUI in May 2016, and 92 percent of those graduates said they were staying in Indiana following graduation.
  • Nearly 30,000 students enrolled at IUPUI in fall 2016, including the largest, most talented and most diverse freshman class to date. That class saw a 13 percent increase in beginning Latino students; a 20 percent increase in Asian beginners; and a remarkable 40 percent increase in African-American beginners.
  • Among the 30,000 IUPUI students were more than 2,000 international students from 145 countries.
  • IUPUI has an annual payroll of $622 million and spends over $253 million annually on goods and services -- 66 percent of which is spent in the state of Indiana.

Paydar shared progress the campus has made in implementing the "Welcoming Campus Initiative," which he launched a year ago. The initiative was created to foster an environment that encourages and supports the highest levels of personal and academic achievement among faculty, staff and students. It was also designed to make members of the community feel welcomed, inspired and encouraged to stay on campus.

The chancellor has at least one additional change in mind: a plan to create gateways, similar to the Sample Gates at Indiana University Bloomington, so visitors can recognize the moment they step onto the IUPUI campus. 

"Now imagine your name on the IUPUI gateway 30 years from now," Paydar said. "Talk to me. Let's make that happen."

Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar and Becky Wood greet guests Ryan Vaughn, President of Indiana Sports Corp. and Tom Morrison, IU Vice President of Capital Planning and Finance, at the 2017 Report to the Community.

Chancellor Nasser Paydar and Becky Wood greeted guests including Ryan Vaughn, left, president of Indiana Sports Corp., and Tom Morrison, second from left, IU vice president of capital planning and finance, at the 2017 Report to the Community.

Chancellor Paydar greets guests at the 2017 event.

Chancellor Paydar enjoyed greeting guests at the Feb. 15 event. 

Musicians John Alvarado, Nolan Cox and Austin Jones provide wonderful ambience at the event.

Musicians John Alvarado, Nolan Cox and Austin Jones, from left, provided wonderful ambience at the event. 

Chancellor Paydar and Dean Russomanno speak with guests.

Dean David Russomanno of the School of Engineering and Technology, left, joined Chancellor Paydar to speak with many guests. 

IUPUI Undergraduate Student Government President Mosopefoluwa (Sope) Ladapo serves as student emcee throughout the night.

IUPUI Undergraduate Student Government President Mosopefoluwa "Sope" Ladapo served as student emcee throughout the event. 

IU Trustee Phil Eskew gives his remarks.

IU Trustee Phil Eskew gave remarks and introduced Chancellor Paydar. 

Hundreds gather for the 2017 IUPUI Report to the Community as Chancellor Paydar announces the future of gateways on the IUPUI campus.

Hundreds gathered for the 2017 IUPUI Report to the Community as Chancellor Paydar announced the future of gateways on the IUPUI campus. 

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