University of Southern Indiana

Provide Leadership to Indiana and the Region

Innovation Point

Key Strategies

  • Supply collaborative expertise and applied research for issues impacting the region
  • Make it easier for people to engage with our resources and/or capabilities
  • Elevate our visibility to a level more appropriate to the University's accomplishments and impact in higher education and on the economy

Year Four Update:


  • The Division of Outreach and Engagement and the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development continue lead the way in providing leadership to Indiana and the region, in particular the championing of the I-69 innovation corridor.

  • USI recently was awarded a $3 million grant from the Lilly Foundation to enhance internship and co-operative education programs and create collaborative initiatives aimed at increasing the likelihood of graduates pursuing entrepreneurial-focused careers – thereby nurturing an environment for job creation.

  • USI also received an $800,000 state grant to increase the number of content-rich, classroom-ready science and mathematics teacher candidates graduating from USI.

  • The College of Nursing and Health Professions has opened a third community health center. Located at Lodge Elementary school, this center is focused on serving the Hispanic population of Evansville.

  • USI hosted the third "Start-up Weekend Evansville," a program for entrepreneurs "to pursue their passion and find the people they need to transform their vision in to reality, while providing opportunities to learn how to succeed not only on a local level, but with the ability and potential to become a high-growth venture."

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