University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees announces immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees and retired CEO of Monarch Beverage Company Phillip Terry as Interim President

INDIANAPOLIS — Following President Dr. Robert Manuel being named the president-elect of DePaul University, the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees announced today that it has appointed Phillip Terry, immediate past Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and retired CEO of Monarch Beverage Company, as Interim President beginning July 2, 2022 and continuing until a new University president is appointed by the Board.

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Terry has had a successful 45-year professional career in central Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University, and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, he was a practicing attorney for 15 years. He then served for thirty years as the CEO of Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Company before retiring in 2020. He has also served on a number of boards of directors for civic, professional, not-for-profit, and business organizations; including Wheaton World Wide Moving, Inc., the Julian Center, Visit Indy, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, and Citizens Energy Group. He has spent the last ten years as a member of the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees.

Terry has also recently served as the Executive-in-Residence through the University’s Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center which aims to help students and alumni in a variety of career stages by connecting them with regional and global leaders. The program focuses on career-building through the development of professional relationships and soft skills that are often learned in the professional world. In this role Terry has met with students and alumni—individually and in groups—to mentor them, expand their professional networks and realize their career potential.

“I am deeply honored to accept this interim appointment and serve as a steward for the University of Indianapolis at a time of incredible momentum,” Terry said. “I have the benefit of having been a Board member throughout the entirety of Dr. Manuel’s tenure, so I know the work that has occurred these last ten years to usher in tremendous growth at the University and I am excited to make sure that work continues throughout this important transitional period.” 

Terry added, “I am a life-long southsider and have a tremendous amount of pride in both our University and the city of Indianapolis. We will continue to be an anchor for development in our community that will help both Indianapolis generally, and our neighborhood and campus community specifically.”

Chair of the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees David Resnick said “In appointing an interim president, we sought a candidate with administrative experience, deep ties to the University and community, and someone who was familiar with the ongoing initiatives and strategic planning of the University. Phil brings all that to the table and more. The Board has tremendous confidence in Phil and his leadership as well as his commitment to ensuring the University of Indianapolis remains a leader in higher education, not only locally but nationally. We are grateful to him for accepting the role of Interim President during this important transition.”

The Board of Trustees has formed a Presidential Search Committee and additional details related to that process and the Committee’s composition will be forthcoming. The Trustees are committed to broad representation and engagement with the full University of Indianapolis community in this important process in the coming months.

What They’re Saying about Phil Terry:

President Dr. Robert Manuel

“I have worked very closely with Phil throughout his time on the University’s Board of Trustees and most recently as its immediate past Chair. He has provided important counsel to myself and to my senior leadership team as we have navigated a challenging last two years. As a result he is intimately familiar with University operations and will be able to deftly guide the University, without interruption, as the Board conducts a presidential search.”

Dr. Mary Beth Bagg, Interim Vice President and Provost, University of Indianapolis

“I’ve had the opportunity to see Phil’s thoughtful leadership of the Board first hand and I have always been impressed by his inclusive and reasoned approach to decision-making. I look forward to working with and supporting him in this new role as we continue the forward momentum of the University we have all worked so hard for.”

Andrew Kocher, Vice President for Corporate and Community Partnerships, University of Indianapolis 

“Mr. Terry has an impressive career, spanning 45 years in both law and business. The professional network he has built and cultivated has already paid tremendous dividends to our students and alumni through his service to our Executive in Residence program. I’m excited to see how he will continue to make sure that the University of Indianapolis serves as a launchpad for success for our students, at a time when career-readiness is at the forefront of higher education initiatives.”

Brian Payne, President & CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation and The Indianapolis Foundation

“I am sure Phil will be tremendous in this role. This is a wonderful opportunity and he will continue the University’s great work both in preparing its students for their lives ahead as well as capitalize on the community partnerships the University has fostered in recent years throughout central Indiana, allowing it to be a sustainable and effective community anchor on both the south side and Indianapolis as a whole.”

David L. Johnson, President & CEO, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership

“This is a well-deserved call to service for Phil Terry. President Manuel has been a terrific leader for the University of Indianapolis and for this community, and is someone we have worked with closely here in the mutual development of responsive talent and workforce initiatives to better match industry demand with talent supply. We will miss him, but I can’t think of anyone better to step into this interim role than Phil, as a successful and seasoned business leader, a long-time community leader—on our Board, as well as many others—and a terrific colleague.”

CELL releases recommendations to address projected shortage of dual credit teachers in indiana

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis, in partnership with Education Northwest, produces a whitepaper  addressing a projected shortage of dual credit teachers in Indiana titled, “Expanding Early Access to College And Careers: Recommendations for Prioritizing and Growing Indiana’s Pipeline of Dual Credit Teachers through Incentives and Supports”.

Dual credit courses are a proven model for helping more Indiana students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and the workforce (Indiana Commission for Higher Education [ICHE], 2021; U.S. Department of Education, 2019). However, these vital opportunities are at risk due to a statewide shortage of high school teachers who are credentialed to deliver dual credit courses. Further, the already limited supply of teachers is projected to significantly decrease by September 2023, when new dual credit teacher credentialing guidelines from the Higher Learning Commission take effect. 

Building a sustainable pipeline of dual credit teachers is imperative if Indiana hopes to grow, or even sustain, the positive outcomes these courses provide for Hoosier students, including increased rates of high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion (ICHE, 2021).   

The goal of the “Expanding Early Access to College and Careers” report is to help Indiana’s K-12 schools preserve and grow dual credit opportunities for students by building a more robust and diverse supply of teachers credentialed to teach these important courses. 

Written for an audience of K-12 administrators, teachers, and school boards, this report provides:

  • New findings related to Indiana schools’ current practices to engage dual credit teachers.
  • A framework of recommendations for growing a school’s pipeline and supply of dual credit teachers.
  • Considerations for future local- and state-level strategies to build a larger and more diverse supply of dual credit teachers in Indiana. 

The research for this report occurred over nine months and involved more than 130 Indiana educators. Takeaways include:

  1. Indiana educators face five barriers to engaging more teachers in dual credit: time, cost, navigating the process, feelings of isolation, and limited awareness of the impact of dual credit on students.
  2. Some Indiana schools are addressing these barriers through innovative practices that provide either a) financial incentives for teachers to engage with dual credit (70 percent of schools) and/or b) non-financial support such as mentoring and additional time in the school day to complete dual credit course requirements. 
  3. Schools can build their pipeline of dual credit teachers by implementing a framework of 11 recommended strategies related to prioritizing dual credit, providing financial and non-financial incentives and support to teachers, and partnering closely with the school’s higher education dual credit partners.
  4. Dual credit exists within a broader context of educational priorities in Indiana that are not separate from, but vital to, the state’s ability to leverage dual credit as an opportunity for both students and teachers.

To read more, download the PDF at

About the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis is focused on all children graduating from high school fully prepared for success in postsecondary education and the 21st-century workforce. The Center has generated $57 million in funding to support its work as the leader for innovative education change in Indiana. CELL provides leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented. Via partnerships with international, national, and local education leaders and organizations, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities, and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

UIndy Hosts 45th Annual Lugar Symposium

The 45th annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders featuring NPR’s Steve Inskeep, hosted by The Richard G. Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis, will bring together hundreds of top high school juniors from Indiana for a day of discussion on public issues and world events on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Journalist, author and host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition Steve Inskeep will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Inskeep will be available for media interviews from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Part of the expansive legacy former Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar created in his lifetime, more than 20,000 students have benefited from the symposium in over four decades. The 2021 event marks a return to in-person activities for the Symposium.

“The University of Indianapolis is grateful to honor Senator Lugar’s impressive legacy of service and his mission to cultivate future leaders,” said University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel. “We are thrilled to welcome back Steve Inskeep for his participation in this exciting event that engages young people with the most pressing issues of our time.”

Students will select from a variety of breakout sessions on current topical issues, including global leadership in athletics, systemic racism, American politics, the future of policing, and more. In keeping with Senator Lugar’s tradition of evaluating issues based on merit, the Symposium ensures students are presented with a balanced view of the issues, rather than a partisan viewpoint.

About the Lugar Academy

More than 20,000 promising students have participated in the Lugar Symposium during the past 40 years, gaining wisdom, insight and access to some of the finest minds available. Principals from every high school in Indiana are asked to select three outstanding student leaders from their junior class to attend the Symposium. Sen. Richard G. Lugar (April 4, 1932 – April 28, 2019) served as a Distinguished Trustee, a former professor of political science and received an honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis, among 46 colleges and universities which bestowed Lugar with the honor during his lifetime. Lugar was a fifth-generation Hoosier who left the United States Senate as the longest-serving member of Congress in Indiana history. The symposium that bears his name was launched in 1977 as an opportunity to discuss with students topics of local and global importance.

Future Engineers to compete at UIndy

Future Engineers compete at University of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS—On Saturday, December 11th, 2021, hundreds of students from across the state of Indiana will be participating in the FIRST LEGO League state championship at the R.B. Annis School of Engineering on the campus of the University of Indianapolis.

Thirty-six teams made up of students in grades 4-8 will get three matches during which their robot has to solve a series of missions autonomously on a 4 X 8-foot table in two and a half minutes. Teams will be competing for an invitation to the FIRST World Festival to be held in April 2022 in Detroit, Michigan where they will compete against teams from over 100 countries. There is also a spot available for a team to be nominated for the Global Innovation Award powered by Star Wars Force for Change.

In addition to creating robots, students will also give a research-based presentation to a panel of judges. This competitive component is known as the Innovation Project. FLL’s Cargo Connect participants have learned how cargo is transported, sorted and delivered to its destinations. Using this information, students have identified real-world problems and completed the Innovation Project by developing innovative solutions to those problems.

Through the 2021-2022 season, FIRST® FORWARD presented by Qualcomm, teams have the power to reimagine a path forward and invent the future of transportation. Each FIRST program centers around the theme of transportation and explores the variety of ways technology and engineering have improved transportation throughout history. Transportation drives progress, impacting economies around the world and advancing globalization.

For information about starting an FLL team at your school, community group, or other organization please email You can also visit the FIRST website to learn how you can start a team today.


FIRST® is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. An international not-for-profit organization founded by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST has a proven impact on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school. Boosted by a global support system of mentors, coaches, volunteers, alumni, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, and build robots, then compete and celebrate at local, regional, and international events. High school students are eligible for more than $80 million in college scholarships. Learn more at

About FIRST Indiana Robotics 

FIRST Indiana Robotics is an organization dedicated to growing FIRST robotics programs in the state of Indiana. Founded in the fall of 2001 as the Indiana-based affiliate of FIRST, FIRST Indiana Robotics brings FIRST programming to students in grades K-12, teaching them hands-on skills in engineering, science and technology that they can relate back to their class work.

About the R.B. Annis School of Engineering

The R.B. Annis School of Engineering at the University of Indianapolis was established in 2017 through a transformative $5 million grant from the R.B. Annis Educational Foundation. Since its founding, the Annis School has set a regional standard as an innovative engineering school offering seven specialized areas of study in computer engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial & systems engineering, computer science, and general engineering. In March 2021, the University dedicated the state-of-the-art R.B. Annis Hall as the new home of the Annis School. The expansion, which translates to more opportunities for innovative designs for student teams as well as industry and community connections, is the culmination of the University’s $25 million investment in its engineering programs. With 19 full-time faculty and directors and an average class size of ten students, the Annis School offers students real-world industry experience through internships and collaborative projects with internal and external clients, as well as mentoring and soft skills development. 

Exhibition Featuring Late Indiana Artist Terry Copen (1950-2021) visits UIndy

A new exhibition featuring the works of late artist Terry Copen will open on November 15th 4pm-6pm at Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center located in the University of Indianapolis at 1400 E Hanna Ave. and adjacent to the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. This exhibition features major works from the artist’s career spanning nearly forty year.

‘A Life in Art’ follows the talented artist’s progression from a young emerging artist in the 1980s through his challenging last days in 2021. The themes addressed by Copen centered around his concern for the moral direction of society. Work both early and late in his career expresses his ruminations on morality.

Copen exhibited mainly early in his career. He was a founding member of the 431 Gallery on Massachusetts Ave in the 1980s and later displayed work at the InVivo Gallery also on Mass Ave. He won Best in Show at the 70th annual juried Artist Show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now Newfields) with his oil painting on coffin Lids titled “ Son Hero,” a work included in the present show. Copen participated in the group exhibition curated by Bill Adkins at the Hindsman Gallery. In the 90s Copen had a solo show at the ROY G BIV Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and displayed work at the Richmond Art Museum in Richmond, Indiana.

After moving to Texas in 2003 Copen worked solely in the studio. He left behind a cohesive strong body of work.

Copen was a respected part of a group of young artists in Indianapolis in the 1980s that had an exciting cohesive Midwestern sensibility expressed in a variety of ways. Terry Copen’s work has returned to his artistic roots in Indianapolis with this exhibit at UIndy.

About Terry Copen

Terry Copen was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1950. He grew up during the Jim Crow era in the South making a lasting impression and formulating a deep sense of morality versus immorality, right vs wrong. He was eligible for the Vietnam draft but was excluded due to poor eyesight. In the mid-1970’s, he left the South, driving North with the intention of reaching Canada. His car broke down in Indianapolis where he remained until 1991.

Copen was a self-taught artist, studying Rembrandt and Caravaggio. In 1981, he enrolled at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and studied painting. His early work was heavily influenced by the Neo-Expressionist painters of the day, and it was at Herron where his work expanded into wall reliefs, sculpture, and printmaking.

In 1984, Copen was a founding member of the 431 Gallery, a nonprofit, artist-run cooperative, on Massachusetts Avenue in downtown Indianapolis. He also exhibited regularly in Indiana and Ohio, before moving to Texas in 2003 where he focused solely on his work as a studio artist. He lived with cancer for many years before succumbing 2/23/2021. The work left behind speaks to a life dedicated to expressing his unique vision through sickness and health.

CELL launches Indiana Special Education Assisted Licensure (I-SEAL) to list of education initiatives

A new licensing assistance program will meet the significant need for special education teachers in Indiana. In partnership with the Indiana Department of Education, CELL is managing a funded licensing assistance program for post-baccalaureate programs of study that enables teachers to become fully licensed to teach special education in Indiana. I-SEAL utilizes streamlined programming eliminating excess requirements to ensure rapid completion of licensing requirements for teachers.

In a statement shared by Carey Dahncke, Executive Director of CELL, he describes the background of the creation of I-SEAL. “As Indiana works to recover from the academic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our most vulnerable students in K-12 special education programs find themselves without a qualified teacher. In response to this rapidly growing shortage of special education teachers in schools, we’ve created a program that offers direct assistance to teachers, schools and principals. This program helps to train and license teachers who work with our state’s students with special needs. And, what makes this program unique, is that there is no cost to the schools or the teachers. We’ve streamlined the processes, so prospective special education teachers can accelerate their entry into the workplace, while working directly with the students who are most in need.”

I-SEAL will offer three programming tracks.  

  1. Currently licensed teachers who wish to add special education to their existing license will have an opportunity to participate in a fully-funded 18 credit hour graduate program.  Upon completion, they will be eligible for a special education license, pending a passing score on the state licensing exam.  
  2. A limited number of unlicensed teachers who wish to earn a special education teacher license and currently hold a bachelor’s degree will be eligible to enroll in a fully-funded Transition to Teaching program (T2T).  
  3. Individuals who have completed a special education preparation program but have been unable to pass the state licensing exam will have the opportunity to participate in special test-prep workshops to assist in obtaining the licensure cut score on the exam.    

The programs will pay for the coursework as well as the textbooks associated with each course.  Continued enrollment will be based upon continuous successful course completion. 

Visit for more details and how to apply for each higher education partner.

I-SEAL will also provide a scholarship assistance program for teachers currently enrolled in a special education licensure program other than that offered by I-SEAL. Awarded scholarships will subsidize the cost of completion. Prospective special education teachers who have completed necessary coursework for licensure but have failed to pass the licensing test once can apply for workshops designed to aid in understanding test-taking.

This program is funded in partnership with the Indiana Department of Education, which is using federal Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund II dollars and Part B of Indiana’s Individuals with Disabilities Act funding to help special education teachers earn full licensure.

In a statement from Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education, “Indiana’s educators are difference-makers for our students, and we need more of these difference-makers in our classrooms. That’s especially the case in high-need areas like special education,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “Through this initiative, statewide partners are coming together to provide Indiana’s current and future special education educators with access to convenient, accelerated options and key financial support, so that they, in turn, can continue supporting our Hoosier students daily.”

CELL’s multi-pronged approach to changing the education landscape of Indiana is producing results. The University of Indianapolis through CELL and its partners continually work to be a resource for awareness, exploration, and in-depth, innovative school transformation by remaining focused on educational excellence and achievement for all students.

CELL has significant experience facilitating successful education initiatives within areas of need across Indiana.  Based upon prior experiences providing teachers with programs to accelerate and support teacher credentialing, CELL has a reputable reputation.  CELL is recognized with dual credit credentialing strides with STEM teach and Teach Dual Credit Indiana. The organization’s newest initiative, I-SEAL will mirror many of the successful elements that have been developed across the thriving dual credit credentialing programs. 


About the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis is focused on all children graduating from high school fully prepared for success in postsecondary education and the 21st-century workforce. The Center has generated $57 million in funding to support its work as the leader for innovative education change in Indiana. CELL provides leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented. Via partnerships with international, national, and local education leaders and organizations, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities, and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

UIndy celebrates campaign milestone and homecoming 2021

INDIANAPOLIS— The University of Indianapolis announced a significant milestone as the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis surpassed the $100 million mark. Coinciding with 2021 Homecoming festivities, the campaign celebration was held in front of the recently-restored four pillars of Good Hall, which represent the four pillars of the Campaign: Students, Faculty, Community, and Future. The celebration, which provided a current total for the Campaign of $103,503,843, featured speakers representative of each pillar as well as President Robert L. Manuel.

In total, the Campaign has raised $37.4 for students, $10.3 million for faculty, $15.1 million for community initiatives, and $40.7 million for the University’s future. 

“We have been extraordinarily fortunate to have the support of more than 20,000 donors on our way to this milestone,” University of Indianapolis President Robert L. Manuel said. “That far-reaching support is evidence of the impact we are having on our students and the community. The generosity of our UIndy family, including the leadership of our Board of Trustees, especially our Campaign chair, Yvonne Shaheen, is what allows us to continue our mission to provide transformational educational opportunities for our students.”

The Campaign is supporting scholarships for our students, new academic initiatives like the Strain Honors College and R.B. Annis School of Engineering, investments in our liberal arts tradition through the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, along with physical improvements to almost every building on campus and more.

This past weekend, several programs and spaces to support UIndy students were opened or dedicated thanks to the generosity of the supporters of the Campaign.

The Murvin S. Enders, Jr. Student Engagement Space

The Murvin S. Enders, Jr. Student Engagement Space and the programming provided within it will exist to support the inclusion and feeling of belonging of students on campus. The space, which is on the second floor of the Schwitzer Student Center, will be utilized by offices all across campus, including Student Affairs, Ecumenical & Interfaith, Inclusion & Equity, the Success Center, and Professional Edge. It will be a multi-use space that spans the entire student population and actively engages them in the UIndy experience.

The Center for Applied Health and Performance

This new space, on the second floor of Schwitzer Student Center, will allow students, faculty, and staff to identify their health and wellness goals, and then tap into University resources to achieve them. The Center will have state-of-the-art fitness equipment for anyone in the UIndy community, along with classes, hands-on learning experiences, and research opportunities.

The Phil and Janet Terry Center for Campus Connections

This “one-stop-shop” will act as a concierge service for any student who needs access to resources at the University. Multiple offices from across campus will have a presence in the Center and will ensure ease of access for students seeking financial, academic, and social support as they work to complete their degree at UIndy. Our Campus Connectors will place a high priority on understanding the aspirations of our UIndy students and make sure that no concern goes unaddressed. 

The Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center

The Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center empowers students to become confident, competitive, career-ready, and connected. The Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center team proactively and strategically equips, exposes, and encourages students to define and achieve their first destination goals.

University of Indianapolis announces launch of fall ad campaign

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis announced today the launch of a new ad campaign, highlighted by a television spot debuting this week in primetime during local broadcasts of the World Series between the Braves and Astros, along with regular daytime and evening programming. The spot is part of a campaign produced by Caldwell VanRiper.

The spot highlights UIndy’s vibrant campus and student life options, with an emphasis on state-of-the-art learning spaces, inclusive atmosphere and hands-on learning opportunities. Also showcased is the University’s affordability, with UIndy recognized as the most affordable private institution in central Indiana by the Indy Star. Beloved UIndy mascot Grady the Greyhound also makes a lightning fast appearance!

The ad highlights many of the numerous campus enhancements created as part of the University’s Vision 2030 strategic plan, including the Health Pavilion, R.B. Annis Hall, the renovation of the historic Good Hall and Krannert Memorial Library, Greyhound Village and University Lofts, among other significant campus investments.

As part of the University’s Homecoming celebration earlier this month, UIndy celebrated more than $103 million raised during the Campaign for the University of Indianapolis. The University also recently dedicated new spaces on campus thanks to the generosity of Campaign supporters, including the Murvin S. Enders, Jr. Student Engagement Space, the Center for Applied Health and Performance, the Phil and Janet Terry Center for Campus Connections and the Stephen F. Fry Professional Edge Center, all located on the second floor of the Schwitzer Student Center.

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) “CELLebrates” 20 years of monumental successes

INDIANAPOLIS—Over the last 20 years, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis has led, advocated, and partnered with educators to bring about dramatic and dynamic change to benefit Hoosier children. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, CELL is hosting a public and complimentary, thought-provoking presentation from New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath. We will bring together our partners, supporters, and regional influencers, including local and state public officials, philanthropic organizations, business leaders, and educators from across the state to explore big ideas to reshape our work and transform how we look at the future of education.

Join us:

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
University of Indianapolis
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
4:00 – 5:30 P.M.

Register on Eventbrite to attend either in person or virtually.  Registration closes November 2nd at 5:00 P.M. EST. For those who attend in person, the first 250 participants will receive a complimentary copy of Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen.

Dan Heath

“We hope the state’s educators will join us in reflecting on 20 years of educational impact across Indiana. By looking back, we move forward with our mission of ensuring every student graduates and is prepared for postsecondary readiness, training, and work in the 21st-century global economy,” said Carey Dahncke, executive director, CELL. 

Join us on November 3rd!  We look forward to CELLebrating at Dan Heath’s presentation on his book Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen with our partners, supporters, and educators across Indiana.

About the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis is focused on all children graduating from high school fully prepared for success in postsecondary education and the 21st-century workforce. The Center has generated $57 million in funding to support its work as the leader for innovative education change in Indiana. CELL provides leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented. Via partnerships with international, national, and local education leaders and organizations, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities, and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

ICHE awards $2.4 million to ICI and CELL for STEM teacher courses

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) has awarded $2.4 million to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) to continue their successful STEM Teach initiative that aids high school teachers needing graduate-level courses in STEM discipline areas to meet the Higher Learning Commission requirement for teaching dual-credit courses by 2022.

“STEM Teach V comes at an important juncture, as the demand for highly trained teachers in our K-12 schools is at an all-time high and as schools and students look to rebound from the challenges of the pandemic. At CELL, we know how important it is to help develop teachers who can cultivate interest and passion across the sciences, mathematics and technology fields in education, and we look forward to partnering with educators across the state and the Independent Colleges of Indiana to advance STEM education for Hoosier students.” said Carey Dahncke, executive director of CELL.

The General Assembly created the fund in 2013 to increase the number and quality of teachers in key subject areas where many school districts experience shortages. This is the fifth time STEM Teach received the grant.

“We look forward to continuing to serve high school teachers so that schools can provide ample dual credit opportunities in STEM fields to their high school students. This round of funding will not only provide the needed graduate courses in a specific content area for credentialing, but also the opportunity to complete a master’s degree if needed.” said Trish Wlodarczyk, director of strategic initiatives, STEM Teach and Teach Dual Credit Indiana, CELL.

In-service teachers will begin applying for acceptance into the program through an online application in October 2021. Teachers who successfully completed courses in previous iterations of STEM Teach will not need to reapply for this opportunity. Registration for courses for teachers accepted into the program are available based on each teacher’s priority status and will occur several months before each semester begins.

“We are grateful for ICHE’s continuing support of this important program because it provides key resources to Indiana teachers so that their students can take advantage of dual-credit opportunities in the growing STEM field,” said Dr. David W. Wantz, president and CEO of ICI.

About STEM Teach V

STEM Teach was designed to offer ICI members and public higher education institutions the opportunity to work together to increase the number of qualified dual-credit teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Indiana. Tuition, books, and materials for these courses will be offered at no cost to teachers employed in Indiana schools by utilizing funds available through the STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund to pay participating colleges and universities for these expenses.

About Independent Colleges of Indiana

Independent Colleges of Indiana serves as the collective voice for the state’s 29 private, non-profit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over 22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20 percent of its undergraduates. 

About CELL

Created in 2001, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis has served as the leading convener, catalyst and collaborator for innovative education change. CELL’s mission is for all people in Indiana to experience meaningful and high-quality education. CELL partners with schools and communities to improve outcomes for students of all ages by leading sustainable educational innovation and transformation across Indiana. Providing leadership that is both cutting-edge and action-oriented, CELL unites districts, schools, communities, universities and businesses to build a sense of urgency and form innovative collaborations for statewide educational and economic improvement.

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