Article by Augusto De Venanzi and Donna Holland published in Venezuelan Journal of Social Indicators

The article “The Application of Multidimensional Poverty Maps to High-Income Countries: A Project Proposal for Allen County, Indiana, USA,” by Augusto De Venanzi, professor of sociology, and Donna Holland, director of social research and associate professor of sociology, was recently published in Venezuelan Journal of Social Indicators.

From the abstract:

In high-income countries poverty maps are typically applied to represent concentrations of poor populations according to a single demographic variable, such as race. Notwithstanding, in low to mid-income countries these maps are used to maximum effect gradations of adverse living conditions understood as unmet basic needs. Our aim in this paper is to offer a model for the study of multidimensional poverty in high-income countries -Allen County, Indiana – that is able to capture the ways in which problems of need in housing, education, health, employment, nutrition, and environmental safety combine to produce households with joint disadvantages. We believe that multidimensional poverty maps constitute a superior way to grasp the needs of populations than single variable maps or poverty line methods. Data gathering will proceed by mailing a questionnaire to a sample of 3500 households in Allen County. Data will be processed through the application of cluster analysis and GIS mapping techniques. The presentation of these detailed estimates in the form of maps is a powerful communication tool that is readily understandable by a wide audience; further, mapping creates an important opportunity for different actors to join in the public debate on poverty.

Dina Mansour-Cole and Linda Wright-Bower present at NCCA Conference

Dina Mansour-Cole, associate professor of organizational leadership and supervision, and Linda Wright-Bower, assistant professor of music therapy, presented at the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) Conference, The Creative Age: Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging. The even took place in Washington, D. C., on September 24-28.

From the session description:

Wright-Bower and Mansour-Cole will guide participants through a multi-arts experiential session where participants will assess their own leadership gifts based on the premise that leadership skills of the future are the necessary foundation to launch and sustain creative aging programs. Overall, the conference and leadership exchange will immerse participants via a global perspective that informs and empowers international, national, regional and local expression of creative aging.


Facing our challenges and working through them together

The following message was sent to faculty, staff, and students on October 25.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

Events over the past year and continuing enrollment and financial challenges have made this a very difficult time on our campus. In January the recommendations of the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) study were announced, then the University Strategic Alignment Process (USAP) task force recommendations were released in May, and in September Action 41 plan was released. Now, in the midst of considerable changes, our serious and ongoing enrollment declines and revenue shortfalls have required additional measures to reduce our spending.

Amid the emotions arising from the announcement of program suspensions and other changes, the impact has rippled across college lines and through faculty, administration, staff and students—as it will in a community like ours, in which colleagues and those we serve care so deeply for one another.

Unfortunately, difficult decisions had to be made in response to five consecutive years of drastic enrollment declines and budget deficits. These painful decisions were not made easily and came only after much deliberation. The urgent need for change was predicated by the following core facts:

  • Credit hours enrolled decreased by 30 percent since peaking in 2010-11. The College of Arts and Sciences had the largest decline at 36%.
  • Revenues, primarily tuition, have declined along with enrollment.
  • Almost half of our reserves have been spent in the past five years to cover lost revenue.
  • Enrollment projections for fall 2016 are flat, perhaps a slight increase. This will result in a continuing budget deficit.

The bottom line is that our expenses are significantly more than our income. This is unsustainable.

It is also critical to understand the facts regarding Vice Chancellor Drummond’s restructuring plan, which include the following:

  • Each of the five degree programs identified for elimination has averaged fewer than five graduates per year since 2011. Total enrollment of all five programs has averaged 81 students (less than 1% of total degree seeking students) over the five years, with all programs experiencing a decline in enrollment during this same period. A plan is in development to support students currently enrolled to complete their degrees. 
  • It is untrue that all courses in these disciplines are being eliminated. Students will continue to have a wide variety of courses available to them.
  • A majority of the affected majors listed have essentially been dormant for many years—averaging, to cite three representative examples, 0.8, 0.6, and 0.2 graduates per year.
  • No tenured faculty will be laid off.
  • The projected cost savings of the restructuring plan is $1.1 million, or 2.6% of the total Academic Affairs budget.

I understand and share the deep concern for program suspensions and changes involving members of this campus community. I appreciate the faculty and staff commitment to this campus, to our students, and to maintaining support for our mission, in spite of individual disagreements we may have with the outcome or process of these decisions.

I have always tried to work within, and had the highest regard for shared governance. I also have an exceptionally deep respect for all members of our campus community. The greatest test of, and the greatest pressures on all of our processes and decision making come when difficult, painful actions must be taken in times of changing trends and demands and serious enrollment and financial challenges.

Times of significant uncertainty and change such as IPFW is currently experiencing bring out both the best and the worst in the structures and processes available to us. The norms that served us well during times of relative stability, however, are not sufficient during times of upheaval and stress. I have urged and continue to urge new thinking, new processes, and new ideas from all members of the campus community to better help us deal with the realities of today and the future. Surely IPFW deserves no less than our best collective thinking and wisdom.

In the midst of the reality of significant change, I am confident we can work through these difficult financial challenges and subsequent fiscal decisions together. Thank you for your dedication to IPFW and most importantly, to faculty and staff, for keeping our students and their success your top priority.

Very sincerely,


Four Student Success and Transitions staffers present at NACADA national conference

Four members of the Student Success and Transitions team presented at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference in Atlanta, October 5-8.

 Corrie Fox, associate director, and Karen Case, academic advisor and coordinator of peer leadership, presented a concurrent session titled 50 Shades of Gray: Ethics in Advising. 

Kim Myers, academic advisor, and Cassie Antos, academic advisor, presented a pre-conference workshop titled Advising for Learning: Proactive Advising of Academically At-Risk Students.

Dissertation research by Tao Yang earns recognition from Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Dissertation research by Tao Yang, assistant professor of organizational leadership and supervision, received the S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award Honorable Mention from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

The award is given for the best doctoral dissertation research germane to the field of industrial and organizational psychology.

He will be presented with the award at the 2017 SIOP Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Review of Academic Programs and Departments Recommendation Update

This information was emailed to all IPFW students on October 18, 2016. The original attached document is available here (PDF).

As you will recall, two years ago we initiated the University Strategic Alignment Process as a forward-thinking study focused on our future, enhancing our ability to make strategic decisions to allocate resources according to the priorities identified in Plan 2020. Over the past several months, a series of recommendations have been released to the campus community.

An updated Review of Academic Programs and Departments Recommendation was released to the Deans of each college this morning. The updated recommendation is attached to this message.

The academic deans will work with department chairs and faculty to establish a procedure for the successful completion of currently enrolled students in academic programs that are closing.  For each program a credit hour and time threshold must be established that defines which students will be allowed to complete their current program of study.  Likewise, the deans, department chairs, and faculty must work out a detailed schedule of course offerings that will allow those students to complete their courses within the minimum possible period of time.  We will strongly encourage the use of summer to accelerate student progress.

The time threshold, or how far along a student must be in completing their degree to be guaranteed we will offer the classes, will be determined shortly. Please look for specific communication from your academic unit and work closely with your academic advisor throughout this process.

We understand that this information may cause you to have additional questions and concerns. Please feel free to contact your academic department or the Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association at for more information.

Rama Cousik Co-authors Chapter in Autism Book

bookRama Cousik, assistant professor of special education, co-authored the chapter “Global Perspectives: Autism Education and Treatment in other Nations” in the book Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, Education & Treatment published by Routledge.

From the publisher:

The fourth edition of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, Education, and Treatment continues the mission of its predecessors: to present a comprehensive, readable, and up-to-date overview of the field of autism; one that links research, theory, and practice in ways that are accessible to students, practitioners, and parents. The structure, content, and format of Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4th Edition have been revised to accommodate changes in the field and to illuminate the current state of the art in the study of autism. New information on early identification, transition education from adolescence through to adulthood, neurobiological research, and technology-based solutions is included.