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Strategic Plan

Maximize learner success statewide

We have a responsibility of training the next generation of physicians, researchers and other health care professionals. To do that we must provide learners with the support needed for educational success, including for their health and well-being as well the skills and resiliency to succeed in a highly dynamic and challenging health care landscape.

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  • Maintain on-time graduation rate for all learners.
  • Ensure learners are well prepared for the next professional transition.
  • Define academic outcome metrics and exceed national benchmarks for each degree program.
  • Maintain student debt at or below median relative to peer institutions.
  • Increase learner satisfaction with educational experience.


  • Provide high quality student support services (career, personal, academic, mental health counseling), mentorship, wellness and coaching programs available to students from all campuses.
  • Engage learners in learning communities.
  • Use data analytics to enhance instruction, competency assessment, advising and support.
  • Include diversity, equity and inclusion content in all degree programs.
  • Develop infrastructure for tracking and surveying of graduates for educational program improvement, recruitment, and assessment of educational and professional outcomes.
  • Responsibly steward IU resources to update and replace educational facilities to optimize learner experience.
  • Leverage IU Foundation and school resources to increase number of endowed scholarships.



Exceed national average for student satisfaction with medical education.

93.7% of medical students were satisfied with their education in the 2021–2022 academic year.

The percentage of medical students who respond "Strongly Agree" or "Agree" to the question "Overall I am satisfied with the quality of my medical education" on the annual AAMC Medical School Graduation Questionnaire.

Data displayed is for the 2021–2022 academic year.

Updated 9/1/2022.

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Maintain or exceed 90% on-time graduation rate for medical students.

90.2% of medical students graduated on time in the 2021–2022 academic year.

The percentage of the annual graduating class who completed their degree within the expected timeframe for their program/classification.

Students are expected to graduate within four academic years of their matriculation date unless they receive a research or graduate study delay or are pursuing an MD/PhD. Those who receive a research or graduate study delay are expected to graduate within six years of matriculation. Those who are pursuing an MD/PhD are expected to graduate within eight years of matriculation.

Students who complete their program after July 31 of the year they graduate are considered graduates of the following academic year.

Data displayed is for the 2021–2022 academic year. 

Updated 7/31/2022.


Limit graduating medical student debt to below the national average.

IU medical students graduate with an average $198,907 in debt.


The anticipated average IU medical school debt per indebted current year graduate. Undergraduate and consumer debt is excluded. 

2022 graduates of public medical schools who graduated with education debt averaged $182,699 in education debt.

Data displayed is for the 2021–2022 academic year. 

Updated 10/31/2022

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