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McRobbie Delivers State of University Address

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie delivered the annual State of the University Address today.  He began by focusing on the troubled Hoosier economy, and the $29.3 million state budget cut Indiana University Trustees implemented this year.

McRobbie did stress though, that no IU employees were laid off, and that “IU’s relative financial strength has allowed us to continue to compete with other outstanding research universities for the most sought-after faculty.”

McRobbie continued his speech discussing IU’s “Six Principles of Excellence”, including education, completion, student life, information technology, faculty, and research. McRobbie announced that IU received $603.9 million in grants during the 2009-2010 school year.

The topic of the Clarian/IU partnership was brought up during the second half of the speech. The new partnership, called IU Heath, will “positively effect hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers”, McRobbie said. “Within a year”, he said, “all the nearly 100 Clarian facilities around the state of Indiana [will be] re-named as IU Health facilities.” He said this change will allow IU Health to operate in a more efficient manner.

McRobbie wrapped up his speech by describing additional cost-cutting measures IU has recently taken, such as “direct student loans” and a more efficient departmental purchasing policy, which McRobbie says saved the university “more than $10 million to date.”

You can listen to the full speech by clicking the audio link at the top of the page.

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