Indiana University East

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Indiana University East
Type public coeducational
Established 1971
Endowment $4.67 million[1]
Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe
Academic staff
87 (full-time), 117 (part-time)
Students 4,573 (fall 2014)
Undergraduates 4,052
Postgraduates 134
Location Richmond, IN, United States
Campus large town: 174 acres (0.704 km²)
Athletics Red Wolves
Colors Cream and Crimson          
Affiliations Indiana University System

Indiana University East is a regional campus in the Indiana University system located in Richmond, Indiana. It is colloquially known as IU East. The local campus is four buildings on 174 acres and has an enrollment of 4573 students (fall 2014). It was established in 1971 as an extension of Earlham College. IU East offers four-year degree programs in areas of Business & Economics, Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Natural Science & Mathematics, Informatics, General Studies, Nursing, and Social Work. There are also off-campus degree programs in New Castle, Lawrenceburg, and Connersville, as well as online degree completion programs. The University also offers master's degrees in several areas. The University hosts men's and women's sports teams known as the Red Wolves.


Indiana University East grew out of an extension established at Earlham College that was operated cooperatively by Earlham and Indiana University. In 1967, the arrangement was expanded to include Purdue and Ball State Universities and the extension became the Eastern Indiana Center of Earlham College.

In 1969, reflecting the community's response to this opportunity to take state university courses at home, Richmond citizens formed an association known as Eastern Indiana Community College, Inc., to raise funds for the construction of a new campus. Following a successful campaign in which they raised over $1 million, members of the community college organization, with the consent of the four educational institutions involved in the center, asked Indiana University to establish a regional campus in Richmond and to assume responsibility for the operation.

The Indiana General Assembly approved this plan, and on July 1, 1971, the Eastern Indiana Center of Earlham College became Indiana University East, the sixth campus in the Indiana University regional system. On October 3, 1972, ground was broken at the new campus site north of Richmond. The first building, an all-purpose academic facility, was completed in late 1974 and dedicated February 23, 1975. IU East earned its first accreditation in 1975.

The Indiana University East campus included 225 acres (0.911 km²) of land, purchased with community donations, on the northern edge of Richmond, Indiana. Of those 225 acres (0.91 km2), 174 acres (0.70 km2) are for IU East and 51 acres (0.21 km²) are for other non-IU East post-secondary educational uses, such as Ivy Tech Community College.

Whitewater Hall opened in 1976 as the first of five buildings. This was followed by Hayes Hall in 1992, Middlefork Hall in 1995 (renamed Tom Raper Hall in 2009), Springwood Hall in 1999 and the Student Events and Activities Center in 2016.

Additionally, the IU East Henry County Danielson Learning Center in New Castle, Indiana was dedicated in May 1999 to serve the citizens of Henry County, Indiana. IU East offers degree programs off-campus at the Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg Riverfront Campus and in Connersville, Indiana.

Recent Chancellors include David Fulton, Dr. Nassar Paydar, Larry Richards (interim), and Kathryn Cruz-Uribe (current).

Since awarding its first bachelor's degrees in 1977, IU East has expanded its academic portfolio to include 60 bachelor’s degree options and selected master's degrees.


IU East is both a traditional campus and a virtual campus with select online degree completion programs.

IU East offers over 50 degree programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Forty-eight of these are conferred through Indiana University, whereas six are conferred through Purdue University.[1]

Academic schools[edit]

Indiana University East is organized into seven schools:

  • School of Business & Economics
The School of Business & Economics at Indiana University East hosts the following areas of academic study: Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Marketing, and Management Information Services and is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).[2] On-campus programs offered by the school include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting (CPA or Managerial tracks), Finance, and Management Information Systems, minors in Economics and Entrepreneurship, undergraduate certificates in Fundamental Business and International Business, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in General Business. In addition to on-campus courses and programs, the School of Business & Economics offers a degree completion program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in cooperation with Ivy Tech Community College at the Ivy Tech Riverfront Campus in Lawrenceburg, IN , as well as online. The online degree completion program, several introductory courses in Business and Economics, and the concentration in Finance are available through IUEverywhere, the online division of Indiana University East.
  • School of Education
The School of Education at Indiana University East is accredited by the NCATE,[3] and hosts the following areas of academic study: Elementary Education, Secondary Education with specialization in English, Social Studies, and Science as well as Master of Science in Education.
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
The School of Humanities & Social Sciences at Indiana University East hosts the following areas of academic study: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Fine Arts, World Languages and Cultures, Women's & Gender Studies, Geography, History, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theater and the Department of English. In addition to on-campus courses and programs, the School of Humanities & Social Sciences offers online degree completion programs available through IUEverywhere. Two programs are available: a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in English (Technical and Professional Writing).
  • School of Natural Science & Mathematics
The School of Natural Science & Mathematics at Indiana University East hosts the following areas of academic study: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics.
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • School of General Studies
  • School of Informatics

Special programs[edit]

  • IUEverywhere is the online division of IU East. Through IUEverywhere, the university offers numerous online courses, as well as three bachelor's degree completion programs and one online graduate certificate. The online programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Bachelor of Arts in English-Technical & Professional Writing, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees received official approval in the Fall of 2009 and are accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[4] The programs are designed to offer students who have already completed most, if not all, of the necessary general education and program prerequisite courses an opportunity to complete their junior and senior level courses online. In addition to its three degree completion programs, IU East offers a 20-credit Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies also available online through IUEverywhere.
  • Internships
  • Service Learning
  • Study Abroad

Purdue University College of Technology[edit]

Indiana University East hosts a branch of Purdue University College of Technology. Certificates and degrees for the following programs at IU East are awarded by Purdue University College of Technology:

  • Computer Graphics Technology (B.S., A.S.)
  • Engineering Technology (B.S)
  • Industrial Technology (B.S., Certificate)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology (A.S.)
  • Organizational Leadership and Supervision (B.S., A.S., Certificate)


Indiana University East (IUE) teams are known as the Red Wolves. The university competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a member of the River States Conference (RSC). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, tennis, track & field and volleyball.


IU East's campus lies on 174 acres (0.70 km2)[5] (0.704 km²) of land on the northern edge of Richmond, Indiana, near Interstate 70. IU East, Ivy Tech, and Earlham College are the immediate area's largest colleges. IU East has four academic buildings, Springwood, Whitewater, Tom Raper and Hayes Halls, with more planned over coming years. There are no student housing dormitories on campus.

Whitewater Hall hosts Vivian Auditorium, the Campus Bookstore, and the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Bursar and Registrar, English Department, The School of Natural Science and Mathematics, administration, and the Den, the campuses cafe. Hayes Hall opened in 1992 and houses the Campus Library, Information Technology, School of Nursing, School of Business and Economics, Center for Teaching & Learning, and Center for Health Promotion. Middlefork Hall houses the School of Humanities and Social Sciences including the art studios, the School of Education, School of Social Work and the Purdue University College of Technology programs. Middlefork Hall was renamed to Tom Raper Hall, in honor of a prominent donor. Springwood Hall is home to the Office of the Chancellor, the athletics program, Office of External Affairs, Campus Life office, Music program and studios, lastly the Graf Recreation Center. The Graf Recreation Center contains a coffee bar, Brewfus, a weight facility, and half-court basketball gym.

IU East campus is adjacent to another public college, the Richmond campus of the Ivy Tech Community College system. IU East also houses the Purdue University College of Technology's statewide presence in Richmond.

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Dr. Jerome Mahaffey - John & Corrine Graf Endowed Chair[6] of Communication Studies, researcher in Rhetoric Communications and author of Preaching Politics: The Religious Rhetoric of George Whitefield and the Founding of a New Nation and The Accidental Revolutionary.[7]
  • T.J. Rivard - Professor of English, Chief Academic Advisor for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and author.[8]
  • Dr. Joanne Passet - Professor of U.S. History and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, a Fulbright scholar in Vietnam, researcher of U.S. Women's History.
  • Mary Fell - Professor of English, Chair of English Department] and poet.
  • Jean Harper - Associate Professor of English, documentary, 1:47, and nonfiction writer, author of award-winning memoir Rose City: A Memoir of Work. National Endowment for the Arts Fellow (Prose, 2012).
  • Dr. Catherine Foos - Associate Professor of Philosophy, Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and researcher.
  • Dr. Paul Kriese - Professor of Political Science, a member of Organizing for America for President Barack Obama, American Democracy Project


  1. ^ "Academics & Programs". Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  2. ^ "School of Business and Economics". Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Bachelor of Science Education Degrees - Elementary - Secondary". Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  4. ^ "Statement of Affiliation Status for Indiana University East". Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived June 5, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ [2] Archived June 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ [3] Archived June 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "English - School of Humanities & Social Sciences - Indiana University East". Retrieved 2015-05-22. 

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