Taking UIndy into the community


CAC tapped again for major nursing home initiative

59334The Center for Aging & Community at UIndy, known for its work on nursing-home healthcare initiatives, has a key role in an Indiana University-led project that has received a multi-million-dollar federal grant. CAC Executive Director Ellen Miller serves on the project team for OPTIMISTIC, which stands for Optimizing Patient Transfers, Impacting Medical Quality and Improving Symptoms: Transforming Institutional Care. In a four-year effort, IU and Regenstrief Institute clinician-researchers will work with 19 central Indiana nursing facilities to improve care, reduce hospitalizations, and increase access to palliative care for long-term nursing facility residents. CAC will coordinate all training for participating nurses and nursing home personnel. Also, Dr. Anne Thomas, dean of UIndy’s School of Nursing, co-chairs the OPTIMISTIC advisory board. Indiana is one of seven states where such pilot projects are being funded by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to the project announcement, 45 percent of hospitalizations of people receiving Medicare or Medicaid nursing facility services could be avoided. The cost of these unnecessary transfers and hospitalizations was estimated between $7 billion and $8 billion in 2011.

Teacher ed programs are ‘Model of Excellence’

The teacher-preparation programs in UIndy’s School of Education have received a 2013 Model of Excellence Award from the national Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education. The Department of Teacher Education, chaired by Associate Professor Beverly Reitsma, is recognized in the Partnerships category for its collaborative work with local K-12 schools and with other academic departments on campus. Examples of teacher-education partnerships include:

—a relationship with the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township, launched in 1995, that now includes University classes conducted in district schools, UIndy students tutoring at multiple grade levels, and UIndy and Decatur faculty sharing professional development opportunities and serving on district and University committees.

—partnerships with the Wayne and Perry township school districts and Christel House Academy charter school that allow teaching candidates to work with diverse student populations and experience various education settings and technologies.

—UIndy’s Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program, which partners with four local school districts to provide an intensive year of field work for master’s candidates preparing to teach math and science courses in urban schools. (See page 23.) The program’s curriculum is developed collaboratively by faculty from UIndy’s School of Education and College of Arts & Sciences.

This is not AILACTE’s first nod to UIndy, which claimed a Model of Excellence Award in the Liberal Arts category in 2002 for interdisciplinary collaborations on campus. Contact Beverly Reitsma, Chair, Teacher Education, at 317-788-3366, breitsma@uindy.edu

New master’s in Sport Management added to Kinesiology offerings

The first master’s degree program in the Department of Kinesiology prepares working professionals to move into management-level careers in intercollegiate athletics. The Master of Science in Sport Management offers online coursework while making the most of UIndy’s location near downtown Indianapolis,  “Amateur Sports Capital of the World” and home of the NCAA headquarters. The hybrid course model lets students complete much of their coursework online while meeting five to six times each semester with an expert practitioner. Students complete 36 credit hours of study, which can be completed in 21 months (two academic years and one summer).

Industry pros are mentors, even after graduation

Classes are co-taught by national governing agencies’ staff, conference offices, and intercollegiate athletics programs based in Indy. Each student is paired with a professional mentor for advice and support, even after graduation. The program involves 36 credit hours of study that can be completed in less than two calendar years. The hybrid format combines some weeknight class meetings with online study and experiences in the field. Graduates will be prepared for work in areas including facility and operations management, business and ticket office management, compliance, development, sports information, and media relations. Learn more at http://kinesiology.uindy.edu.

School of Business launches area’s only one-year MBA

A new option for students seeking a Master of Business Administration degree will debut this year at the University of Indianapolis. UIndy’s School of Business—which already offers evening, Saturday, and off-campus MBA options—is rolling out the only full-time, daytime, one-year MBA program in the Indianapolis area, aimed at:
—undergraduates seeking to boost job prospects and starting salaries with just one additional year of study;
—international students seeking an efficient route to a U.S. business credential; and
—graduates with degrees in non-business fields, such as arts or health care, who plan to start their own businesses.

Students will take four to five courses per term over three terms, from August to August each year, for a total of 42 credit hours.  Classes, led by faculty with industry experience, will meet on the UIndy campus from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The tuition includes the cost of a laptop and required software, as well as the cost of international travel for an independent study course on global business issues. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. More information is available at 317-788-6206 or mba.uindy.edu.

New master’s program hones organizational leadership

A new master’s degree program at the University of Indianapolis takes a fresh approach to the study of leadership, emphasizing human-resources and problem-solving skills that can boost the effectiveness of businesses or not-for-profit organizations. The Master of Science in Strategic Leadership & Design is the first graduate program to be offered by UIndy’s School for Adult Learning, which specializes in evening programs for working adults. Judy Apple-VanAlstine, dean of the School for Adult Learning, notes that the program looks at leadership in its societal, economic and psychological contexts; the focus is less quantitative and more qualitative and behaviorally oriented and examines all the systems within an organization.

Developing vital skills

The program includes entire courses dedicated to vital skills that sometimes are glossed over in management and leadership training, such as performance appraisal and conflict resolution. Courses include Organizational Design, Cognitive Systems, and Managing Information Technology Systems. As a capstone project, each student designs an organization or redesigns an existing one. The courses are offered in a hybrid format of online activities and weekly evening meetings, with students being grouped in cohorts for mutual support. Students can work full-time while completing the 36 credit hours in just two years. The degree is applicable to a range of career options in nonprofit or public-sector leadership, commercial business, project management, consulting, and other fields. Find more information at http://www.uindy.edu/sal/strategic-leadership.