In 2013, Indiana University began an unprecedented strategic planning process to chart a course for the entire university in the years leading up to our Bicentennial. I observed in my annual State of the University address in October of that year that the Bicentennial “provides us with a remarkable opportunity to begin now to further trim our sails to the winds of change and launch an extensive and comprehensive range of initiatives right across the whole university that will culminate in the Bicentennial year so that, in that year, we can all rightly look back on the previous decade as one of the greatest, most productive, and most transformative in IU’s history.”
The result of this charge was the adoption by the IU Board of Trustees in December 2014 of the Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University, as well as the subsequent approval of three closely aligned strategic plans for IU Bloomington, IUPUI, and the IU Regional Campuses. Together, these four plans set out ambitious and detailed aspirations and priorities to be implemented by the end of 2019–2020, the Bicentennial Year.
The Bicentennial Strategic Plan was in many important ways a “plan of plans,” building on both university planning and the existing strategic plans of many IU campuses, schools, and administrative units. Fundamentally, it was guided by the IU Principles of Excellence, adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2010, and the New Academic Directions Report of 2011. These established a framework for achieving our overarching vision to be “one of the great research universities of the twenty-first century and to be the pre-eminent institution of higher education in Indiana,” and they set out key foundational changes in the university’s academic organization and structure. The contemporaneous Blueprint for Student Attainment for the IU Regional Campuses similarly reinvigorated a substantial part of the university whose importance had been for too long undervalued.