"From Pre-School to Med School and Beyond: Comprehensive Engagement in the Life of the State"

Kelley School of Business Annual Conference
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana
March 5, 2008


Thank you for that introduction, Dan.

It is a distinct honor to join four extraordinarily successful business leaders for this discussion.

Today, I would like to speak in broad terms about IU’s engagement and economic development strategies throughout the state.

Over the past 10 years, IU has conferred 67 percent of the state’s degrees in human services and public administration, 47 percent of the state’s degrees in education, 41 percent of the state’s degrees in communications and information technologies, and 43 percent of the state’s degrees in health and life sciences. 1

We have more than 500,000 graduates living and working around the world.

Our Kelley School of Business ranks among the best business schools nationally and internationally with top ranked programs in entrepreneurship and other areas. In fact, BusinessWeek just released its 2008 rankings, and the Kelley School moved from #18 to #16 overall and remains a steady #6 among public universities.

Our peerless Jacobs School of Music ranks as one of the finest music programs in the world.

Earlier this week, Simon Hall, our major new interdisciplinary science building in Bloomington, won high honors in R&D Magazine’s 2008 “Lab of the Year” architecture competition for research facilities. This reflects, in part, the high quality of the interdisciplinary work being conducted inside.

Let me take this opportunity again to express Indiana University’s most sincere thanks to David Simon and the Simon family for their remarkable generosity in supporting this and many other projects at IU.

I could go on.

With such diverse and extensive resources, at Indiana University we are thinking more broadly and more deeply about engagement and economic development than ever before.

This is about more than numbers.

It is about student preparation and achievement. It is about collaboration that maximizes educational, research, and economic opportunities. And it is about engagement in the life of the state that transforms lives.

K-12 Partnerships

IU begins that engagement with the youngest of students. Our School of Education is working in partnership with schools across the state to help students prepare for college, the workforce, and the future. Our efforts are particularly concentrated in Marion, Lake, and St. Joseph counties.

One promising example of such collaborative efforts involves the Gary school system. Since 2006, faculty from IU Northwest, IUPUI, and IU Bloomington have worked in partnership with administration and teachers at the Frankie Woods McCullough Academy for Girls and the Dr. Bernard C. Watson Academy for Boys.

The immediate results of that partnership are a new science lab at McCullough and a new literacy center at Watson. My wife Laurie had the honor of participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremonies for both of these last year. The long-term result will contribute to a generation of Hoosier students who are better prepared for college, for work, and for life.

This kind of preparation has a ripple effect on our colleges and universities, our economy, and the strength of our nation as we increasingly face global competition.

Collaboration in Higher Education

Our collaboration with school systems throughout the state is paralleled by our close partnerships with Indiana’s finest colleges and universities.

Ivy Tech Community College

Just yesterday, I spoke with Tom Snyder, President of Ivy Tech, at a signing ceremony celebrating a new agreement between our two institutions in Richmond, Indiana. We are working together to create a seamless system of higher education in the state of Indiana. This system will enable Hoosiers across the state to reach higher levels of educational achievement.

Specifically, we have worked together to make it easier for students to transfer credits between our campuses and have established formal articulation agreements to help Ivy Tech graduates earn a four-year degree from IU.


Our longstanding and productive collaborations with Purdue stretch across the state and continue to grow. The rapid growth at IUPUI is the best evidence of this productive partnership. This is home to many of our professional schools and is one of the nation’s fastest-growing and best urban university campuses.

Doctors at the IU School of Medicine are engaged in groundbreaking medical research leading to dramatic clinical improvements in health care, while researchers in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology partner with area companies like Cummins, Lilly, and Rolls-Royce.

Just last October, we built upon that partnership in Fort Wayne as we broke ground on a new Medical Education Building on our shared campus there. That building demonstrates what can be accomplished when people and institutions commit to collaboration.

We can also look to IUPUC in Columbus and other shared facilities across the state for further evidence of the close partnership and cooperation between IU and Purdue.

Notre Dame

Our collaborative efforts to improve the lives of Hoosiers also include our longtime partnership with the University of Notre Dame.

We built on that partnership in 2005 when we dedicated Raclin-Carmichael Hall. It houses Notre Dame’s W.M. Keck Center for Transgene Research as well as the IU School of Medicine’s anatomy labs, classrooms, and exam rooms.

Further strengthening this relationship, plans are currently underway to construct the Cancer Research Center, a joint venture between IU and Notre Dame. The creation of the center will enable IUSM-South Bend and Notre Dame’s College of Science to hire 10 to 15 new faculty members who have the potential to bring in grants worth millions of dollars and make major new scientific breakthroughs. This investment in collaboration will yield new jobs and will greatly impact the regional economy.

This state provides fertile ground from which educational partnerships can grow to meet the needs of our communities and to further strengthen our economy.

Life Sciences Initiative

It should be no surprise that many of IU’s research collaborations focus on the life and health sciences. Over many decades, IU has cultivated a tradition of excellence in these two areas. That tradition ranges from Nobel Prizes for fundamental discoveries about the building blocks of life, to cures and treatments for deadly diseases such as cancer.

The Indiana Life Sciences Initiative grew out of this great tradition. We sought support for this initiative during the last session of the General Assembly.

We will be returning with an even more ambitious plan that has been broadened to include the health sciences, which will include research into preventable diseases that impact many Hoosiers. We will give special attention to health disparities among low income and minority populations.

The plan is also greatly strengthened by our partnership with Purdue. We will both bring our respective strengths to bear for the benefit of education, research, and Hoosier health.

This initiative aims to strengthen Indiana’s robust life and health sciences sector. Indiana has the second highest concentration of biopharmaceutical jobs in the nation with more than 578,000 Indiana jobs tied to the health industry. They account for more than $21 billion in wages and $8 billion in federal and state taxes paid. That is just over 20 percent of Indiana’s tax base.

Further strengthening this strategic sector of Indiana’s economy is vital to the state’s prosperity and depends on our statewide network of partners in medical education.

IU already makes a massive contribution to improving health in Indiana— a contribution that is not always recognized— and this is through Clarian Health. Clarian Health is a joint partnership formed between Indiana University and Methodist Hospital in 1997. Indiana University School of Medicine and Methodist Hospital, including Riley Hospital for Children, together form one of the largest health systems in the nation. Clarian brings the expertise of IU’s medical school faculty and clinicians to nearly every corner of the state. It contributes to the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers.

Innovate Indiana

IU is using faculty expertise to improve Hoosier health. We are working to help the state address real problems that affect the lives of Hoosiers every day.

This is also the goal of IU’s Office of Engagement, led by Vice President Bill Stephan. With new executive director Tony Armstrong, Bill will oversee IU’s newest economic development initiative called Innovate Indiana. It will consolidate the university’s economic development activities; reinvigorate our efforts to turn the innovations of our faculty into new products, services, and treatments; and better connect IU with the business community in Indiana, the nation, and the world.

IU’s collaboration with Cummins Inc. in Columbus provides a model for university and industry partnership. Cummins has made education and workforce development a key condition for the expansion of its operations in Columbus. This challenge, which included the addition of nearly 800 new jobs, led to an enhanced alliance among the Columbus Learning Center, IU, Ivy Tech, and Purdue to expand degree programs in a more seamless and efficient manner.

Cummins has also worked with the Kelley School of Business to develop a customized Kelley Direct MBA program, which launched in February 2007. The first class included 23 Cummins managers from India, China, and the United States.

We could find countless other examples of such partnerships that draw on IU faculty expertise, create educational opportunities across the state and around the world, and strengthen our economy.

Civic Engagement

As I said at the outset, at IU we are engaging more broadly and more deeply than ever before in the life of the state. This includes extending faculty expertise and university resources to strengthen and serve the civic life of the state.

Perhaps one of the best examples of that involvement is the recent work of the Local Government Commission. This group was headed by former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan and Randal Shepard, chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. It was staffed and funded by Indiana University, which also provided technical support. Central in this effort was the Center on Urban Policy and Environment at IUPUI, directed so ably by John Krauss.

Another example occurred just last fall when Governor Mitch Daniels called upon former SPEA dean Jim Barnes to conduct a water quality review of Lake Michigan. Barnes’ expertise and methodical review yielded a number of recommendations, cleared the way for multibillion-dollar investment in the region, and likely will enhance the prospects of other economic development opportunities.

Great research universities in this country must be engaged in precisely this type of practical problem solving and analysis, and at IU we will be aggressive in identifying further areas of engagement.


It is this kind of attitude that led our faculty and staff to file a record 116 patent applications in 2007. It has led to 1,665 inventions, 324 patents, and 36 start-up companies generated by IU research. It has led to more than $2.1 billion in external funding over the last five years.2

What do these numbers mean to the average Hoosier?

They mean more jobs with better pay.

They mean ready access to the most effective medical treatments.

They mean a world-class university in their own backyard.

As I said in my inaugural address, my vision for Indiana University “should be neither surprising nor controversial: it is to confirm our traditions of excellence in our two fundamental missions of education and research, and by doing so ensure that we will be a leader among the great universities of the 21st century.”

From pre-school to med school and beyond, IU is working with the entire state to achieve this excellence.

Source Notes

  1. “Key Messages.” Hoosiers for Higher Education. Indiana University. 4 March 2008.
  2. “Economic Develepment and Engagement: Research Infrastructure.” Innovate Indiana. Indiana University. http://innovate.indiana.edu/inventions/inventions.shtml. 4 March 2008.