Indiana University President Michael McRobbie appeared live on Afternoons with Amos to discuss efforts by the University to increase the numbers of African-American students both on the Bloomington campus and on IU’s seven other Indiana campuses, including IUPUI in Indianapolis. Between 2011 and 2013, the number of African-American students enrolled at Indiana University declined by 11.8% or 1,027 students. For the current Fall Semester, 6,895 African-Americans attend IU campuses. Some 6.9% of the overall enrollment of 115,412. The largest number of African-American students attend IUPUI, 2,783 or 9.5% of the total. The second largest total is the Bloomington Campus, 1,652, some 4.0% of the total enrollment. Last Spring, scores of African-American students, faculty and staff protested on the Bloomington campus concerned about declining African-American enrollment, and a lack of commitment of money, staff and other resources towards keeping the University’s commitment of dramatically increasing African-American enrollment.
In the interview, President McRobbie talked with Amos and listeners about the University’s efforts to increase the numbers of African-American students and efforts to retain them and have them graduate on time within four years. President McRobbie, joined by IU’s new Vice-President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs James Wimbush, outlined talked efforts to add more advisers and staff in programs like IU’s Hudson/Holland Scholars program which seeks to recruit and retain talented African-American students to IU. Both academic officials talked about issues of tuition, college remediation, the role of Ivy Tech as a school that helps provide remediation and feeds students to IU. President McRobbie talked about keeping tuition costs low and IU’s efforts to try and recruit, attract and retain minority faculty. Click Arrow to Hear Amos’ Interview with Indiana University President Dr. Michael McRobbie and Dean James Wimbush. Runs 47 Minutes ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.