On This Day in IUPUI History: August 20, 1997

August 20, 1997 

On this day, Indiana University named Scott E. Evenbeck as the first dean of the new IUPUI University College.

University College was an innovative initiative by campus administration and IUPUI Faculty Council that grew out of previous efforts to assist new students acclimate to higher education. Its goal was to improve retention rates of entering undergraduate students and enhance overall student success. 

Evenbeck had previously been a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychology in the School of Science and later associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education.  University College was to be the "point of entry" for all new undergraduate students preparatory to choosing majors. UC faculty, staff, and student mentors were to provide guidance, tutelage, and help form student communities, all elements seen as critically important for keeping students on track.

Scott Evenbeck, center, with unidentified woman, left, and Uday Sukhatme, 2007 UA24-009815

In the last two decades, University College, a product of studying the best practices employed at other universities and colleges, has helped many undergraduate students adjust to the demands of higher education and succeed.

To learn more about University College and IUPUI in general, please contact IUPUI Special Collections and Archives speccoll@iupui.edu.

Updated Aug 20, 2018 by Editor Name Missing