Keon welcomes Chancellor’s Community Council
The Chancellor’s Community Council gathered for its first meeting on Sept. 15 at the Portage Meeting Facility. This opportunity allowed community partners, college advisory board members and university faculty and administrators to discover what is currently happening and what may be changing at PNW.
Chancellor Keon shared a range of exciting PNW facts at this event, including:
- Our freshmen to sophomore retention has increased nearly 8 percent since last year.
- PNW is working on defining a “new” market where we are looking to understand the increased student and community expectations.
- PNW is recognized among the best regional universities in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.
- Last semester, the average GPA of our student-athletes as a whole was 3.23. This demonstrates that they are students first and athletes second.
- Starting this semester, we are competing in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) as a provisional member of the NCAA Division II.
- Next summer, we will break ground on the Bioscience Innovation Building.
- At PNW we shouldn’t observe economic development, we should be a part of it. We have been involved in various economic development impact efforts and we plan to do more across the entire Northwest Indiana region. We want our students and faculty to work throughout Northwest Indiana to help develop the community.
- The Sinai Forum has begun and Friday University will start next month. These are both ways for PNW to interact on a different level with the community.
- The PNW Alumni Community will soon be offering new PNW license plates, pending approval by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.