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Martin Receives Grant From USA Funds

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On June 29, 2015, Martin University was award $225,000 in grant funding to further enhance the University's student success and career readiness services.  The grant will also provide a means for the University to develop its communication strategy.

“Consistent with our focus on Completion With a Purpose, promoting success in college and career, USA Funds’ contribution will help this unique institution in our organization’s hometown of Indianapolis enhance its recruitment, retention and graduation of lower-income, minority and adult learners, and other students underrepresented in higher education to prepare them for rewarding careers and fulfilling lives,” said Carol D’Amico, USA Funds executive vice president, National Engagement and Philanthropy.

Click here to read the press release in its entirety.



Martin University Reveals New Strategic Plan

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                                                                                                                                       MARTIN UNIVERSITY REVEALS NEW STRATEGIC PLAN

INDIANAPOLIS – Martin University’s Board of Trustees and administration announced today that they have developed and approved a new strategic plan that will guide the school’s operations through the 2018 academic year.
President Eugene G. White said the school also has adopted a new vision statement:  “To be a Haven of Hope, a Community of Support, and a Premier Leader among Institutions of Higher Education.”
Dr. White said the new strategic plan includes five major goals:


  1. Build solid financial stability for the University;
  2. Enhance academic programs and services to students;
  3. Enhance, expand and improve Martin University’s campus and infrastructure;
  4. Improve the quality of operations and working conditions for faculty, staff and administrative personnel;  and
  5. Enhance the University’s engagement and services to the community.
“This plan provides a road map for us to take the institution to a higher level of financial stability, program effectiveness, operational efficiency, and to enhance an environment and culture for greater educational achievement and growth,” said Dr. White.


“The plan is a continuation of the legacy and hopes of our founders, Father Boniface Hardin and Sister Jane Schilling,” added Board Chairman Gregory Gill.


The strategic plan includes numerous quantifiable objectives, including raising the school’s total full time equivalent enrollment by five percent a year from a base of 306 FTE students in 2016; increasing the retention and graduation rates of Martin students; creation of an office of University Development and Advancement; developing a doctoral program in urban leadership; and starting the School of Education in the fall semester of 2017. 


Additional goals include increasing faculty, administrative and staff salaries by six percent over the next three years and contributing leadership to the development of a Martindale-Brightwood Educational Zone. 
To review the plan in its entirety, go to www.martin.edu/about-martin.
Martin University is a private, not-for-profit, liberal arts institution founded in 1977 by Rev. Father Boniface Hardin and Sister Jane Schilling.  Martin is Indiana’s only Predominately Black Institution (PBI) of higher education.  It is steeped in a history of service and open to a diverse population of students from all walks of life.  Martin University’s mission is to provide excellence in educating and developing traditional and non-traditional students in an inclusive, supportive and healthy collegiate environment.



Martin University Receives Approval for New Mission & Vision Statements

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The Martin University Board of Trustees voted to approve the new Martin University mission statement at the May 8, 2015 Board of Trustees’ Meeting.  The Higher Learning Commission was notified of the Boards’ decision and the University’s request to revise the mission statement was received and accepted by HLC.

Changes to mission statement, vision statement and University values were included in the development of the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan.  Each represents the consensus of participants in the Strategic Planning process which began in December 2014.

Mission Statement

Martin University’s Mission is to provide excellence in educating and developing traditional and non-traditional students in an inclusive, supportive and healthy collegiate environment.


Martin University’s Vision is to be a Haven of Hope, a Community of Support, and a Premier Leader among Institutions of Higher Education.

Martin University Values

In order to establish and maintain a University Culture that will produce educated, responsible, and accountable student graduates, the University will incorporate the following values in all actions, programs and endeavors:

  • Professionalism (In all personal interactions, products produced, and University activities)
  • Communication (Clear, appropriate, thoughtful and intelligent)
  • Support and Respect for All (People, Relationships, Citizenship, Families and Social Justice).




Why Martin University is Worth Saving - IndyStar May 20, 2015

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Martin University was featured in two articles in the IndyStar, May 20, 2015  - "To Get Off Accreditation Probation, Martin U Hits Refresh" and "Why Martin University is Saving", written by Stephanie Wang.

Both articles note the need for Martin to be a viable option for those pursuing higher education and its ability to overcome obstacles; seeing its students through academic rigor to opportunity and promise.  Read the articles by clicking on the links below.

"To Get Off Accreditation Probation, Martin U Hits Refresh"

"Why Martin University is Saving"



Jasmound Calloway and Paula Wilburn Receive UNCF Scholarships

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Congratulations to Jasmound Calloway and Paula Wilburn.  Each has received a scholarship from the United Negro College Fund.

The United Negro College Fund provides need-based scholarships to students who attend historically black collges and universities.  It also provides scholarship dollars to minority students attending in-state colleges and universities.  Visit http://www.martin.edu/financial-aid and click on the available scholarship link for information on UNCF and other scholarship resources.



Martin University Drop In Center

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Martin is providing a new service for its students.  On Monday, February 2nd, the University opened the Drop In Center.  The Drop In Center will provide childcare for the children of Martin students while they attend classes on campus.

Located in the Andrew J. Brown Building, the Center will provide a safe, activity field environment for children ages 2 to 6 years old.  Martin University Early Childhood Education majors will serve as staff in the facility, under the direction of Dr. Mattie Solomon, Director of Early Childhood Education.  The service is provided at a minimal cost to Martin students.

Students interested in learning more about this service can contact Dr. Solomon at msolomon@martin.edu.



"All In For Martin!" 2015 Fundraising Campaign

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On Monday, February 2nd, Martin Univeristy kicked off its 2nd "All In For Martin!" fundraising campaign.  This year's campaign is spearheaded by Martin's President, Dr. Eugene White, and Mr. Wayne Schmidt of Schmidt Associates, co-chairs for this year's campaign.  

The campaign will also be supported by the efforts of the Martin University Board of Trustees, community leaders, and Martin faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

The goal of the campaign is to continue to support and grow the dream of Fr. Boniface Hardin, O.S.B. and Sr. Jane Schilling, C.S.F.

Support the dream, grow the dream, make the decision to be "All In For Martin!"

Click here for information on how to Donate.



Inclement Weather

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To keep track of weather-related delays or potential closings, check the local news media outlets for information, the University website, or your Martin University e-mail for information.



USDOE Gives Martin Advanced Status For Title IV Federal Student Aid Program

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Martin University has been awarded the highest rating by the U.S. Department of Education for the handling of the Title IV program (Federal Student Aid).  This rating allows the University to participate in the Federal Student Aid program without any internal oversite.

Click here to view the press release.



2014 Realizing the Dream Recipients

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Congratulations to Martin University's "Realizing the Dream" Recipients. The "Realizing the Dream" Award is given to First Generation College Students that have completed their freshman year of college.  Each chosen student has the opportunity to select a faculty member that has been influential in their efforts to "Realize the Dream".  Winners selected from Martin University are:

Kelvin Turner (Student) Recipient

Professor Nicole Kearney (Faculty)

Congratulations Kelvin and Professor Kearney!

Click here to see the press release.

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