Indiana University President Michael McRobbie delivered his annual State of the University address in Indianapolis on Tuesday and described IU as the state’s “powerhouse” in education.
McRobbie says IU can be credited with about 50 percent of all four-year and graduate degrees as well as producing the majority of Indiana’s health science professionals.
He also outlined areas he hopes to improve over the coming year, including the university’s online education initiative called IU Online.
“It is truly an extension of IU’s faculty and curriculum, and it thus builds on our worldwide reputation and our highly diverse curricular offerings,” he says.
IU Online offers over 115 programs and over 2,000 courses.
McRobbie says about 22 percent, or approximately 750,000 Hoosiers, could benefit from the online courses because they have some level of college education but did not graduate.
He says IU needs to tap into that market because the amount of Hoosiers with 4-year degrees or higher could increase significantly through online enrollment. He says online programs are becoming increasingly popular because people have several reasons for not graduating or returning to school.
Some, he says, simply do not have the time, while others have been away too long to adapt to a traditional classroom style.
As of this fall, there are over 5,000 students enrolled in IU Online and about one-third of IU’s student body is enrolled in at least one online course.