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History

The IUPUI Solution Center was created in 2004 through IUPUI funding and generous support from the Lilly Endowment. The Solution Center’s mission was to serve as IUPUI’s “Front Door” to the community to assist in the economic development of Central Indiana by connecting the university’s intellectual capital to the pressing demands of business, government, and the nonprofit sector. Drawing on the talent of IUPUI’s faculty and students, the Solution Center facilitated partnerships designed to build human capital, respond to external challenges, and retain the best and brightest baccalaureate and graduate degreed professionals in the state.

On July 1, 2014, the IUPUI Solution Center ended a successful five-year partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR).  Since joining the OVCR in 2009, the Solution Center facilitated nearly 2,000 specific engagements with 593 community partners on behalf of students and faculty involved in internships, community-based research and technical assistance projects, course-based and for-credit projects, and other connections.  Through the Venture Fund, the Solution Center leveraged over $5 million in grants and other support for community engagement as part of a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.  We also coordinated a large-scale community-health and well-being project that involved 100 students, faculty, and community partners in 12 projects on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis as part of a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.  Finally, we assisted the OVCR in developing the new IUPUI Strategic Research Plan:  Innovation and Discovery through Research, and helped to plan and coordinate events and activities including the annual IUPUI Research Day.

Program Accomplishments

From 2004 – June 2013, the Solution Center coordinated:

  • 976 total community partners
  • 1,246 internship opportunities with community partners
  • 1,272 community and class-based or service projects
  • 207 faculty-led research collaborations
  • $2.59 million granted to community partners and researchers through the Venture Fund
  • $4.09 million leveraged in community match support for internships and projects

Moving Forward!

The Solution Center, now Professional Development and Corporate Education, is under the leadership of Amy Conrad Warner, Vice Chancellor for the Office of Community Engagement.

For more information, please contact an IUPUI Professional Development and Corporate Education staff member.



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