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Taking Students Where They Need to Be

President Michael Driscoll

IUP is a diverse community that reflects the world we serve. We embrace the fact that we are a microcosm of the greater world, because our students can learn from each other and grow by being exposed to the new and different. We also recognize that creating a diverse environment in which everyone can thrive sometimes means meeting students where they are and providing a bridge to help them cross from their previous environment to our community.

This edition’s story about our new Military Resource Center illustrates just that. The new center extends a hand to military-associated students and symbolizes what we do for many students who come to us from different backgrounds and with different needs.

Sometimes, students of every background need a helping hand to achieve the best preparation for work and life. 

For that reason, we are stepping up student success efforts—starting with committing a top-level position to integrate all success programs across the university. You will see a coordinated effort that promotes more personal contact among students and instructors and advisors, all supported by leading-edge technology that creates an individual analysis and dashboard for each student. Going forward, a student and an advisor together can ensure the student receives the highest value from his or her IUP experience.

Once students have overcome hurdles—whether through a constituent-based operation like the Military Resource Center or through the latest in adaptive instructional software to improve competency in mathematics—they sometimes seek opportunities for greater challenge.

Last summer, we launched the Research Experience for Summer Scholars, a program that paired students with faculty members for an intense session of science experimentation. It included working with our Writing Center to ensure participants effectively articulated their findings. The weeks-long institute culminated with a public fair in which our undergraduate scientists could share the results of their research.

Deanne Snavely, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, compared it to an experience she had during her undergraduate years: “It changed the course of my life, doing what they’re getting to do. That’s the kind of impact I want for these students.”

I’ll add to Dr. Snavely’s sentiment: This is what we want for every student.

Michael Driscoll

More from the Fall-Winter 2014 Issue of IUP Magazine

Armed for the Future

Armed for the Future

The new Military Resource Center is one of several initiatives helping students make a successful transition from military to campus life.

Preserving the Past

Preserving the Past

The library’s Special Collections and Archives area helps patrons study items they may not find anywhere else.

Pipe Dream

IUP is housing the Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Pipe Organ, thanks to a lease agreement with the American Guild of Organists.

Coming Back to Build the Future

More than 150 alumni return to campus each year to speak to classes, recruit students for jobs or internships, share professional expertise, and more.

The Road to Canton

Ed Bouchette, the Steelers beat reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has earned a spot in Canton, Ohio, among the greats of the game.

Silver Anniversary

A look back at 25 years of performing and visual arts events presented by the College of Fine Arts.