Student Success

Affordability. Opportunity. Excellence.

IU’s commitment to student success is grounded in the pursuit of affordability and access, faculty excellence, cutting-edge curricula, an unwavering commitment to equity and inclusion, and a hyperfocus on equipping students for a globally interconnected world.

The university will attract, retain, and graduate students who receive an extraordinary education, while providing immersive student experiences that elevate students among their peers in the workplace and beyond.

IU will ensure the long-term success of all students by providing the highest quality of education through a rich, diverse, and engaging environment.


To advance the shared goals and objectives in service of Pillar One: Student Success and Opportunity, IU will:

  • Ensure the accessibility and affordability of an IU degree through careful stewardship of resources and the expansion of endowed financial aid and student support.
  • Contribute to strengthened statewide postsecondary attainment rates through targeted expansion of enrollment, growth in student retention, and improvement in on-time graduation rates.
  • Guarantee robust and equitable access to career preparation and academic advising for all IU students, including the significant expansion of high-impact experiential and career-related student experiences.
  • Provide consistently relevant academic programs and offerings that equip students for academic, professional, and career success within an increasingly diverse and globally connected economy.
  • Reinforce its unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to foster an IU community where equity is a key strength, differences of perspectives and thought are respected, and inclusivity is the norm.

Metrics and markers of progress

Markers of IU's progress against its goals and objectives will include:

  • Increasing on-time undergraduate graduation rates, with a priority on reducing and closing equity gaps.
  • Strengthening undergraduate first-to-second-year retention rates, with a priority on reducing and closing equity gaps.
  • Improving graduate student retention, completion rates, and time to completion within graduate programs.
  • Increasing philanthropic support for endowed financial aid to support student access and affordability.
  • Increasing student participation rates within high-impact experiential and career-related student experiences, including internship experiences, research, and scholarly and creative activity.
  • Increasing online enrollment in academic programs, including career-aligned certificates, and micro-credentials.