A new statewide survey commissioned as part of the Indiana University Grand Challenges program reveals that three out of four Hoosiers agree that universities in Indiana have a responsibility to help improve their surrounding communities. The survey's release coincides with today's IU Grand Challenges Summit, a virtual program featuring Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and IU President Michael A. McRobbie.
Survey respondents also overwhelmingly support universities partnering with policymakers and government officials, with 74% saying they want to see increased collaboration between Indiana's government officials and state universities when it comes to initiatives that strengthen and improve Hoosier communities.
As part of its Grand Challenges program, IU has been partnering with the business community, local officials, nonprofit organizations and state government leaders since 2016 to address some of the state's most pressing issues. This includes advancing medical research, seeking solutions to the addictions crisis and developing responses to environmental change.