ANGOLA, Ind. – Trine University welcomed its fourth straight freshman class of more
than 400 students and debuted changes and upgrades when classes started today (Aug.
The class of 2017 has a higher grade point average than previous classes and 20 percent
were in the top 10 of their high school classes.
"We're pleased to have more than 400 in the freshmen class at a time when many schools
are experiencing a decrease in enrollment," said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president.
"We'll continue to focus on rigorous academic standards, a low student-to-faculty
ratio and competitive scholarships and financial aid to help our students succeed."
"Trine graduates have been highly sought after because of their job-ready skills and
real world experience and we want to continue that trend," Brooks said.
This is also the first freshmen class to be offered Trine's lifetime guarantee that
promises, among other things, that students graduate in four years or the fifth year
of tuition is free.
Trine's growth is also fueled by its retention success and efforts.
The student retention team, led by Kim Bennett, assistant vice president for enrollment
management, has adopted changes based on student feedback and created a culture of
awareness on campus.
"We have implemented initiatives campus-wide, such as student focus groups, second-year
student surveys and complete review of academic advising; increased the focus on a
holistic approach to include residence life, financial aid and academics; and are
using a new software system to help track changes," Bennett said.
Other campus initiatives
Just as retention efforts seem to have hit on a winning system, so has Innovation
One, which is also marking its first anniversary.
Innovation One (i1), Trine's incubator for new ideas and support for new and existing
businesses, has completed more than 30 projects and has formed partnerships with area
business and industry. i1 offers assistance in a variety of areas, including testing,
research and development, marketing and prototyping.
To learn how your company or idea might benefit from a partnership with i1, contact
Tom DeAgostino, director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Michael Bock, senior vice president,
Despite such accomplishments, Trine continues to push forward and is enrolling students
in its emerging Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in Fort Wayne. The program
aims to help meet the national need for physical therapists with doctorate degrees
because that field is one of the fastest growing in the nation.
"We continue to partner with Parkview Health System and Lutheran Health Network for
clinical education and we're also partnering with Turnstone for clinical education
opportunities," said Max Baumgartner, dean of the School of Health Sciences. Turnstone
Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Inc., is dedicated to providing
therapeutic, educational, wellness and recreational programs to empower people with
For more information or to apply to Trine's emerging DPT program, visit trine.edu/dpt.
The Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering is finished
and the former campus operations structure is being transformed for use by engineering
The Bock Center's south end is anchored by a cast metals lab while the north end has
a new plastics laboratory to support Trine's plastics engineering curriculum, which
is offered for the first time this year. Other labs in the building include rapid
prototyping, materials testing and motion analysis.
The two-story building, located between Fawick Hall, home of Trine's Allen School
of Engineering & Technology, and the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center,
also houses i1, additional classrooms and Career Services.
The engineering program also gained space with the former campus operations building.
That building's north side is used for the senior design center, a place for senior
engineering students to work on projects, with the south side reserved for installation
of the supersonic wind tunnel. The tunnel was removed from the aero building that
was torn down to make way for the Bock Center. Plans call for the supersonic wind
tunnel to be re-installed before the winter semester.
The sound of music
Renovation and expansion of the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, scheduled for
completion in spring 2014, will enable Trine to bring its music program back to campus
from its rented quarters in downtown Angola. The theater program will also be at Furth.
Next up for revitalization is Ford Hall, home to the Ketner School of Business and
the Rhoads Center for Entrepreneurship. Ford is slated for a facelift and interior
renovation. The exterior will be cloaked in brick and topped with a green metal roof
to match other campus buildings.
The interior space will be revamped for new classrooms, labs, enhanced technology
and faculty offices. The start date is spring 2014 for exterior renovation with interior
demolition to follow.
Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission
on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street,
Alexandria, VA 22314; phone, 703-706-3245; email@example.com is necessary for
eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Trine University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program
from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal
application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does
not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement
of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional
phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses
until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement
of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation,
it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.