2009 State of the University Address
At the invitation of the University Faculty Council, IU President Michael McRobbie delivered his annual State of the University address on Tuesday, Feb. in Alumni Hall of the Indiana Memorial Union at IU Bloomington. McRobbie, who became IU's 18th president in July 2007, discussed current issues at IU, progress made on several of his key strategic initiatives and how IU expects to meet the challenges of the current economic situation facing Indiana and the nation.
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President McRobbie comments on the financial situation facing the nationís universities and how IU is meeting the challenge of the economic downturn.
Strategic Hiring/New Construction
President McRobbie discusses two of the key principles that are guiding the universityís efforts in ensuring its continuing excellence in teaching and research.
Excellence in Education
President McRobbie explains why it is important for each IU campus and academic unit to renew its commitment to the quality of the academic programs they provide.
With the Master Plan for IU Bloomington now complete, McRobbie comments on a long-term plan for converting the historic Old Crescent area into one of the main academic centers on campus.
IUPUI/Clarian Master Plans
President McRobbie discusses the new conceptual linkage between the master plans for the IUPUI and Clarian campuses and what this means for research and clinical programs at IU.
President McRobbie comments on IUís history of international engagement and the increasing importance of providing students with a global education.
President McRobbie talks about the heighted expectations among legislators, faculty, business and community leaders, and others for IU to contribute to Indianaís economic growth and the quality of life of Hoosiers.
In his concluding remarks, the president thanks the university community for its response to the financial challenges facing the university.