Category Archives: Higher Education

Dr. Colleen Derr to become President of Wesley Seminary

Wesley Seminary - Indiana Wesleyan

It is with great delight I announce that Dr. Colleen Derr has been named the new President of Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. She will succeed Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, who has served as interim leader since the departure of Dr. Wayne Schmidt, the founding leader of the Seminary. Dr. Derr’s new role will begin July 1, 2017.

Dr. Derr has been a part of Wesley Seminary since 2011, serving as a faculty member and Assistant Dean. She has served as the chair of the Seminary faculty, as a member of the University Faculty Senate and been active on numerous university committees. She played an integral role in the development of the Master of Arts in Children, Youth and Family Ministry and is currently part of the team developing a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation that is scheduled to launch in the fall 2018. Dr. Derr is a respected teacher, researcher, leader and colleague.

Before joining the seminary faculty, Dr. Derr served as a denominational leader through multiple leadership positions in The Wesleyan Church. She is an ordained elder and has served in pastoral ministry.

Dr. Derr has earned a reputation as an advocate and resource for an array of church ministries, an effective administrator and a wise and dynamic leader.

Her educational achievements include an M.A. in Ministry Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University, and an Ed.D. in Christian Education Leadership from Regent University.

Dr. Derr is married to Wayne Derr, and they have four adult children, Jerica, Zachary, Tyler and Anna.

We are grateful that God has prepared Dr. Derr for this work and look forward to her leadership.

Wesley Seminary is a special place that has developed quality programs and faculty since it opened in 2009 on Indiana Wesleyan’s Marion campus.  The seminary now serves more 500 students in 34 states and 11 countries. It is being used by God to engage and equip pastors to lead their churches and reach individuals for Christ.

We have a great sense of anticipation for the new vistas of service that God will open to the faculty, staff and students of Wesley Seminary in the years to come.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Colleen Derr as the President of Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Indiana Wesleyan University launches search for new chancellor

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Indiana Wesleyan University is launching a nationwide search for a chancellor to oversee IWU’s National and Global campus, the campus that oversees all non-residential services.

The National and Global campuses serve about 11,000 students at 15 education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, as well as all online students, who come from the United States and 30 other countries. IWU’s DeVoe School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Educational Leadership, the School of Service and Leadership, and the Division of Liberal Arts are all housed within the National and Global campuses.

The successful candidate will replace Audrey Hahn, the current chancellor, who has announced her retirement. Hahn’s last day will be Dec. 31, 2017.

The university has established a search committee and is working with EFL Associates to help identify candidates for this key position at the university.

“EFL Associates is a firm that specializes in leadership searches in a variety of industries, including higher education,” said Jerry Shepherd, associate vice president of adult enrollment services and chair of the search committee, in a letter to university faculty and staff. “As applications are received in March and April, the committee will review and schedule interviews with the most highly qualified candidates.”

The committee will recommend finalists to David Wright, president of Indiana Wesleyan University.

“Ultimately, Dr. Wright will review the finalists and will select the individual he feels best prepared to lead the National and Global campuses,” Shepherd said.

IWU has begun advertising the position, and the description can be viewed here.

Spiritual Journey Draws High School Students to IWU Campus

Indiana Wesleyan University will welcome more than 22,000 visitors to its Marion campus this summer, but none on a more important mission than 21 high school students who will spend two weeks exploring spiritual matters and discerning if they feel a vocational call to ministry.

The students will form the inaugural class of Examen, a summer program funded by a $599,111 grant IWU received in January from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. The students will live on the IWU campus from June 18-July 2.

The students, most of them high school juniors and seniors, were drawn from throughout the country after the program first was announced in December at an international youth conference, sponsored by The Wesleyan Church.

Forty percent of the participants are racially diverse and are split almost evenly between boys and girls. “All of these students have expressed an interest in discerning whether they might be called to full-time ministry,” said Dr. Amanda Drury.

Drury, an Associate Professor of Practical Theology at IWU, wrote the grant proposal and will serve as director of the program. She earned a bachelor’s degree from IWU in 2004 and now has master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.

The initiative seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service. The students also will earn three hours of college credit in biblical studies.

“My hopes for Examen are twofold: first, that we would be able to create an environment where women and men can explore whether they might be called into ministry. And second, that we would be able to model to these teenagers what healthy self-care looks like,” Drury said.

Drury and other IWU faculty members will lead the high school students through the study of scripture and pivotal theological texts.

“The students also will enter into daily times of discernment via the Ignatius Examen,” Drury said. The term refers to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, a set of Christian meditations, prayers and mental exercises, written by Saint Ignatius of Loyola, a 16th-century Spanish priest and theologian.

In addition, the program will include service projects and hands-on ministry, examine the moral and ethical dimensions of contemporary issues and discuss religious practices, including prayer, contemplation and worship.

“While Lilly Endowment is funding the program for four years, we already are addressing questions of sustainability so that the program can continue well into the future,” Drury said.

Lilly Endowment, as part of its High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, is giving $44.5 million in grants to a select group of private, four-year colleges and universities around the nation. The grants are part of the Endowment’s commitment to identify and cultivate a cadre of theologically minded youth who will become leaders in the church and society.

“Young people today want to make a difference,” said Dr. Christopher L. Coble, vice president for religion at the Endowment. “These programs will connect them to faculty and religious leaders who will help them explore that longing by drawing more deeply on scripture and theology as they make decisions about their futures.”

Learn more about Examen!

Written by Alan Miller

IWU Recognizes Distinguished New Resource in Faith and Science Dialog

If a great Christian university makes any contribution to the world today it should surely be in bringing a Christ-centered perspective to the arts and sciences.  A great Christian university must stand shoulder to shoulder with the best universities in its intellectual exploration and teaching.

Our unique contribution must be to bring the critical perspective of faith to the assumptions, processes, and findings of scholarly inquiry.  Contrary to the prevailing narrative, learning is enriched when people of genuine, disciplined, irenic Christian faith engage deeply with the truth claims of the sciences.

IWU just recognized a wonderful new scholarly resource in this work.  More on that in a moment.

Thursday I had the privilege of attending the annual IWU Celebration of Scholarship Luncheon where we celebrate the vibrant engagement of our IWU faculty and students with the arts and sciences.  It was a special treat celebrate with Dr. Joanne Barnes as she won this year’s Outstanding Scholarship awarded by her faculty peers.

At the luncheon IWU’s John Wesley Honors College awarded this year’s Aldersgate Prize for outstanding Christian scholarship, and hosted the award recipient for a stimulating keynote speech.

The 2015 Aldersgate Prize was awarded to Professor Peter Harrison for his book, The Territories of Science and Religion (Univ. Chicago Press, 2015).

 Formerly the Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, Harrison is currently the director of the University of Queensland’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

Here is how Dr. David Riggs, Executive Director of the John Wesley Honors College, describes Professor Harrison’s work.

“Selected from over seventy nominations for this year’s prize, The Territories of Science and Religion is a highly learned and penetrating refutation of prevailing notions that the conflict between science and religion is timeless and inevitable. Harrison’s analysis calls into question the very legitimacy of mapping the cultivation of knowledge according to categories known as “science” and “religion.” He demonstrates that this boundary making is a deeply modern invention that is neither self-evident nor coherent.  Beginning with antiquity, Harrison systematically traces the historical transitions of the concepts underlying the modern categories of “science” and “religion” from their status as complementary virtues to the polarized domains of knowledge familiar to us today. In the process of exposing the dubious foundations of the modern mythology of the conflict between “science” and “religion,” Harrison offers up a thought-provoking recovery of the alternative ways that the pre-modern western world conceived of the relationship between the study of nature and theological reflection on it.”

“The Aldersgate Prize selection committee believes The Territories of Science and Religion has the potential to alter the course of some of our most important cultural conversations. Harrison’s book is a highly accessible clarion call to think more reflectively and creatively about the “territories of science and religion.” And the text equips its readers to navigate these territories with fresh maps: maps that illuminate more clearly the essential intersections and boundaries and, accordingly, the most constructive paths forward.”

My Testimony

Several people have asked if they could see my testimony at the Senate hearing.  Here is the text of my testimony.  Time was severely limited so I was not able to share all of this.  I have provided this written text to the Senate Committee.


January 27, 2016

Indiana Statehouse

It is a privilege to be able to contribute today to the deliberation that might lead to the creation of the laws that govern our common life.

My name is David Wright.  I serve as President of Indiana Wesleyan University, a private university owned by The Wesleyan Church, a denomination of about 800,000 adherents headquartered here in Indiana.  IWU is one of five colleges and universities owned by our Church in the United States and Canada.

IWU serves a student body of about 15,000 students at our main campus in Marion, at our 17 regional education centers in the Midwest, and in over 40 states and 26 foreign countries.  We have over 80,000 alumni and 1100 full-time employees.  We serve a student body that is highly diverse in race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, faith, nationality, and political persuasion.

IWU is a Christ-centered university that pursues the best traditions of academic inquiry and teaching while remaining grounded in the rich intellectual and spiritual tradition of the historic Christian faith.  For 95 years our university has served the public good of our state and region by graduating exceptional citizens who serve as some of our region’s best teachers, nurses, counselors, business people, pastors, and scientists.

We do not exist for the purpose of proselytizing people to our denomination though we are happy when our students find their faith strengthened and made more meaningful in their lives as a result of studying with us.  Instead we exist to serve the public good.

Here is our mission:  Indiana Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered academic community committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership.

So I come today to offer you reflections on the current intersection of civil rights, public and private moral values, and religious freedom from the perspective of a deeply religious, conservative, yet irenic and hospitable university community.

First, I wish to call our legislators to safeguard the right of Indiana’s many religious institutions and social service providers to continue serving the public good while maintaining the deeply held religious convictions that give us our unique identities and out of which we serve the public good of our state and country.

We believe that the quality of life and the economic competitiveness of our state are greatly enriched through the many services provided by Indiana’s rich network of faith-based organizations – including hospitals, child service providers, community development organizations, and universities.  The right of these organizations to maintain their unique identities has long been recognized through religious protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Executive Order 13279, which amends Section 204 of Executive Order 11246.  We believe that any law passed by our state legislature must align Indiana’s religious protections with those long established constitutional protections also upheld in federal law.

Second, I wish to commend those of you who, under exceedingly difficult and contentious circumstances, are seeking ways to wisely balance the civil rights of all of Indiana’s citizens, while also safeguarding the religious freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

We are in the midst of a time when our social fabric is stretched close to the breaking point over these intensely contested questions of sexual orientation and gender identity. As a university president I am afforded an unusual perspective as I listen to the concerns of our students, faculty, trustees, donors, and friends.

I am struck with how often fear and anger are the subtexts of the conversations.  Fear and anger are present on all sides of these debates.  Unfortunately, when we are fearful and angry we easily forget our better selves.  Our debates become centered on the question: How can I be sure to win?  We use the metaphor of warfare to describe our interchanges with our fellow citizens.

If we are intent on following the metaphor of warfare to its conclusion, this means we will be locked in combat until one side dominates or destroys the other by force.

But I ask you, how can we embrace a trajectory of warfare that leads us to seek the destruction of our enemies when our enemies are our neighbors?

Should we not at least entertain the question: How might neighbors who hold strong and divergent convictions create a framework in which to live together peacefully?

With that in mind, please allow me to be transparent about both the convictions and the desires of our community.

We do not believe that gender and sexuality are self-defined human constructs.  Instead, we believe that human beings are created in the image of God.  God took great delight in creating human beings as men and women.  We may choose different ways to live with our gender and sexuality, but we are not and never will be anything other than women and men intended by God to live in fruitful and enjoyable partnership with each other.  We believe that we will find our greatest personal satisfaction, and social well-being, when we accept and live according to our God-given identities and relationships.  It is our sincerely held belief, a belief that we have held generation after generation after generation that encouraging one another to view our gender and sexuality as fluid and self-defined constructs will ultimately lead us to experience confusion, isolation, and unhappiness.  We cannot be in favor of any legislation that would require us to capitulate, abandon, or be silent about these things we hold to be true.

In America, it is our right to hold these convictions, to speak about them, and to participate in public life while holding such sincerely held beliefs.  Indeed, we believe that any society that takes away its citizens’ right to the religious freedom that informs these convictions ultimately will remove all other rights as well.

By the same token, our religious convictions also call upon us to honor the dignity and worth of our fellow citizens who, for their own good reasons, disagree with and choose to live in ways contrary to our convictions.  In fact, in this intensely conflicted debate about sexual orientation and gender identity, most of us who hold the religious convictions I have described know, care for, serve, and associate with persons who are either uncertain about their sexual orientation or have come to the settled conviction that their personal happiness lies in the pursuit of a life different from the one we would choose.

What do we want for these friends and neighbors of ours?  We are not at war with them.  We are in conflict with their understanding of the pathway to personal and social well-being.  But we do not view them as enemies to be ridiculed, bullied, punished, or persecuted. They are the neighbors whom Jesus has called us to love as we love ourselves.

They are men and women just like us who are doing their best to find their pathway to well-being and happiness.   Our love for them means we cannot affirm a pathway that we sincerely believe is mistaken, but neither do we want them to be denied the basic human rights that are their due as fellow citizens.

We believe all of us who live together as law-abiding citizens of this state must enjoy the basic protections of the law.  To deny one person the protections of law is ultimately to lay the groundwork for denying all persons the protection of law.

In summary, then, we believe that our laws must honor the fundamental rights of freedom of religion, of conscience, and of peaceful coexistence granted us in the constitutions of our state and our nation.  If we abandon or curtail the right to sincerely held religious convictions, peaceably pursued among fellow citizens, we will in time deny all other rights as well.

We commend you for attempting to find wise ways to protect the legal interests of all Hoosiers.  Above all, we call upon you, in the midst of this intense moment of social conflict, to safeguard the right of Indiana’s many people of faith, and of Indiana’s many excellent religious institutions and social service providers, to continue serving the public good while maintaining their deeply and sincerely held religious convictions.

Thank you.

Religious Freedom Testimony

As Christians, we live in a fallen world and deciding how best to navigate that reality and live out our convictions, is one of our greatest challenges.  That task is made harder by an administrative state that continues to push into every dimension of our lives.

Yesterday I took part in testimony at the Indiana Senate regarding a bill that would seek to safeguard the religious freedom of institutions like ours.  Let me explain why I testified.

IWU, like all religious institutions in our state, faces a constantly increasing gauntlet of regulations and administrative actions from local governments, from the state, and from the federal government.  The bill discussed yesterday in the Indiana Senate is an early version and may change (hopefully it will be amended to have even greater protections for religious freedom). The reason it may be helpful is that it seeks to provide strong and reasonable religious freedom protections for the Christian schools, social service agencies, adoption agencies, churches, and universities of our state.

As it stands, the bill gives religious organizations assurances about how to proceed in a world where the courts and private litigation have created considerable risk.  In many instances, when a state legislates and includes exemptions and a court later imposes a new civil right, the state that legislated has more protections than its sister states who waited–precisely because it included protections for religion in its positive law.

It is not inconceivable that the courts will force a sexual orientation nondiscrimination regime on our state.  But the very real possibility that they might means that there is prudential value in setting the terms of that legislation.

Religious exemptions in state laws also give faith communities protections that municipalities have not given.  Nearly 40% of Hoosiers live under a checkerboard of local ordinances that already give civil rights protections to members of the LGBT community without granting religious freedom protections.  The bill put forward in the Senate would bring those ordinances into line with any state protections, including religious freedom protections.

My understanding from the hearing is that this measure would give unprecedented protection to small businesses open to the public to refuse to do wedding services when doing so violates a religious conviction.  No other state has done that in its public accommodations law.   This law would have protected our IWU alumna who was sued because her conscience would not let her provide photography for a gay union ceremony.  Where conflicts do arise the bill would provide protections against frivolous or unfounded accusations of discrimination.

The bill would align Indiana law with federal law by allowing religious organizations to contract with the state without having to abandon or deny their sincerely held religious convictions.  This is a crucial provision for any religious institution that contracts with the state, including private Christian schools whose students benefit from school vouchers.

As president of a Christian university owned by a church that holds very traditional views on sexuality and marriage I find that we are increasingly under pressure from legal, regulatory, and administrative actions that threaten our identity and  our values.

We serve a diverse student body with respect and good will.  We serve all of our students with the love Christ as we provide a high quality university education. There does not appear to be any perfect way to create the legal space we need to remain true to the values and convictions that shape our identity while respecting those who disagree with us.  Nevertheless, I believe it is imperative for us to do whatever we can today to provide safeguards for the religious freedoms that we have enjoyed for generations.

Local students benefit from Community Foundation and IWU scholarship support

We have the will to make Marion and Grant County better places to live and work.  It isn’t easy to know where to start.

I’ve become convinced there’s no better place to start than by investing in our children and young people.  For this reason I am excited about a new collaboration between The Community Foundation and Indiana Wesleyan University.

Grant County does a great job graduating our young people from high school.  As reported by the Indiana Youth Institute Kids Count, Grant County has an above state average graduation rate of 91.7 percent.

Now we need to make sure they can go to college.  If we can keep them close to home through college, chances are they will stay and invest their skills close to home when they graduate.

Providing Grant County students an affordable, local education for the purpose of cultivating and maintaining a healthy community is a goal both the Community Foundation and IWU share.  Together we’ve identified scholarships that will combine to provide local students the opportunity to receive a quality college education at a lower cost.

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The Community Foundation is committed to connecting people, resources and causes to promote a better Grant County. One of the ways the Community Foundation does this is by providing Grant County students with more than 130 donor-funded scholarships totaling over $500,000 every year.

“Our hope is that by students attending a local university like IWU, they will get a local job and continue to better Grant County,” said Cassie Fleming, grants manager at the Community Foundation. “It really gives students an opportunity to succeed and pushes them to pursue higher education.”

In addition to the Community Foundation’s opportunities, IWU provides a variety of scholarships dedicated to local students. The Triangle Scholarship provides each recipient between $2,000 and $4,500 annually, and the Emerging Leaders Consortium ensures each recipient’s tuition is fully paid. Grant Count students and their parents can also benefit from IWU Near You, a pre-college program that helps participants navigate the college search environment successfully.

I am glad to partner with the good folks at the Community Foundation.  I’m even more excited to pool our resources to invest in Grant County young people.

The Community Foundation scholarship application deadline is Jan. 31, 2016. Apply here. Application deadlines for IWU scholarships vary. Call 765-677-6507 to speak with an IWU Admissions counselor for more information.

National Science Foundation Scholarships Will Directly Impact Grant County Area

When I took office as President of Indiana Wesleyan University in July of 2014, one of the first goals I announced was to expand the footprint of the University in the Marion and Grant County community.

My commitment received a major boost earlier this year when we learned that IWU had received a $623,337 grant from the prestigious National Science Foundation to provide scholarships for students interested in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The grant will be used to provide four-year scholarships to 18 academically talented but financially needy students to pursue undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry and physics. While the scholarships are open to all IWU students, special effort will be made to recruit minorities, women and under-represented groups in the greater Grant County area.

In coming months, IWU representatives will be working with science teachers and guidance counselors at area high schools to begin identifying and recruiting candidates for the scholarships.

The first nine scholarship recipients will begin their studies at IWU in September of 2016. Five of the students will receive $9,000 annually, and four will receive $6,000 annually. A second group of nine students will start classes in September of 2017 with the same financial assistance.

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IWU also will offer a Science Spotlight Day on November 20 to give prospective students an overview of the IWU Division of Natural Sciences. The program will include a special information session geared toward potential candidates for the National Science Foundation scholarships.

Click here to register for the Science Spotlight Day. The registration period ends November 19.

This is not the first National Science Foundation grant that IWU has received, but it is by far the largest. Almost as important as the money is the fact that IWU has joined the ranks of some of America’s top research universities.

The simple title of the grant proposal, “Scholarships for Boosting the Scientific Workforce in Rural Central Indiana,” doesn’t quite capture the excitement of what it means for IWU and the greater Grant County area.

Here’s how the owner of a high-tech business, located just a few blocks from the IWU campus, reacted to the announcement of the grant: “This means that someday I may be able to hire the kind of people I need just down the street and keep more Grant County students living and working in Grant County.”

In coming months and years, I look forward to seeking additional ways to expand IWU’s involvement in our local community.

Third Year Questions

When I was the Provost at IWU the most common question people asked was, “What is a provost?”

IWU - Third Year QuestionsMy favorite response was, “A marginally useful academic bureaucrat.”  I used that answer sparingly, of course.

Heading into my third year as President the most common question I get is, “Why did you do THAT!?”  Well, they don’t usually ask me this question.  They ask each other, and occasionally an old friend will pass along the question to me.

Seriously, the most common questions I get are, “Are you enjoying the job?” or “What do you like most about the job?”

Being President is a consuming pursuit.  I do enjoy it and am enormously privileged to serve the IWU community in this way.  But this position is different from any other I’ve held in at least one interesting way.  On the one hand, I meet and interact with many, many fascinating people. On the other hand, the depth of those interactions can tend to be superficial.  The Presidency can become an isolating experience.

The other day I talked about this with Dr. Ken Schenck, a friend and colleague I’ve known since graduate school days.  At my invitation, here’s his guest blog post about being president.

“I get the impression that being a college President can sometimes be an isolating situation. You spend a lot of time dealing with external constituencies, and you can sometimes seem distant to those of us who are “land locked” on a campus. So the idea emerged to ask you some questions here on the blog, perhaps even to give people a forum to let you know what questions are on their minds. Here are a few starter questions that came to mind.

1. You are now beginning your third year as President of IWU. How would you characterize the first two years of your presidency and what would you say will be your focus in this third year?

2. You have been at IWU for over twenty years. How would you say that IWU has changed from what it was in the past?

3. IWU has undergone some structural changes and financial tightening in the last couple years. Do you see many additional changes still to come? Are we still in transition or is the current structure more or less what it will be for some time, as best as you can foresee?

4. Academic institutions can develop strong “us-them” tensions between faculty and administration. What words of hope and trust would you offer the faculty of IWU that the administration is their partner and not their adversary?

5. How has being President of IWU changed you personally? How do you maintain balance in your life?

Now it’s your turn. What are the kinds of questions on your mind for President Wright? I suspect he would like to know, even if he can’t answer all of them.”

Bill Clinton once said that being president is like running a cemetery.  You have a lot of people under you and nobody is listening.

Fortunately, that hasn’t been my experience so far.  I work with a stellar team of faculty, administrators, and staff.  In case anyone is interested, I’ll tackle these questions in the next few days.

What STEM Means for IWU – and for Grant County

The National Science Foundation (NSF) coined the acronym STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in an effort to call attention to the need for more college graduates to be trained in those four academic disciplines.

Having sounded the call, NSF has been putting its money where its mouth is since Congress created the independent federal agency in 1950. In case you missed the announcement a few weeks ago, Indiana Wesleyan University is a recent beneficiary of NSF – and in a major way!

The NSF mission is, among other things, to promote the progress of science and to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare.  The agency has an annual budget of $7.3 billion and funds 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.

IWU received a $623,337 grant from NSF for a project titled “Scholarships for Boosting the Scientific Workforce in Rural Central Indiana.” The title itself does not do the project justice.


Here’s how the owner of a high-tech business, located just a few blocks from the IWU campus, reacted to the announcement of the grant: “This means that someday I may be able to hire the kind of people I need just down the street and keep more Grant County students in Grant County.”

Exactly. The money will be used over the next four years to provide scholarships and various support programs for 18 academically talented and financially needy IWU students to study one of the STEM-related sciences.

(IWU does not currently offer engineering degrees, but recently completed a major study that is being reviewed by our Board of Trustees. If approved, IWU could be offering degrees in electrical, mechanical and biomedical engineering as early as the fall of 2018.)

The STEM scholarships will be open to all IWU students but special effort will be made to recruit minorities, women and under-represented groups in the greater Grant County area.

Almost as important as the NSF grant money alone, is the fact that IWU has joined the ranks of some of America’s top research universities. The NSF funded only 100 of 420 proposals, and IWU is the rare exception on the list of recipients as a small, private university.

It is not the first NSF grant our University has received, but it is the largest. I have the confidence in our faculty and administration to believe there will be more.

STEM – By the Numbers

science226 million: Number of STEM-related jobs in America.
20: Percent of all jobs in America that are STEM-related.
21st: Ranking of American 15-year-olds in science test scores among 34 developed nations.
30: Percent of 12th graders who took the ACT test and are ready for college-level work in science.
2.6: Average hours per week that elementary students spend on science, down from 2.9 hours a decade ago.
4.1: Percent unemployment rate for STEM occupations.
11: Number of states that allow students to count computer science courses toward graduation requirements. (Indiana is one of them.)
90: Percent of engineering jobs that will require at least a bachelor’s degree by 2022.
$79,000: Annual mean wage for engineers.
$45,900: Annual mean wage for all occupations.

Source: STEM Education Coalition