Centers, Institutional Research, and Strategy
Taylor’s commitment to quality, excellence, and accountability is foundational through our institutional programs, research, and centers put in place to uphold continuous learning and research. Through these methods, all faculty, staff, and students develop new relationships that spur academic, relational, and spiritual growth and hold our university to a new standard of quality, excellence, accountability, and educational practice.
Taylor University Centers exist to promote specific areas that are crucial to Taylor’s mission of developing servant-leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.
Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
The Bedi Center is all about effective education. It serves to advance teaching and learning methods through seminars, workshops, and scholarship, while also conducting teaching assessments and offering grants for summer research projects on teaching and learning. For more information, contact Dr. Barb Bird.
Center for Faith, Film, and Media
The Center for Faith, Film, and Media promotes intelligent, faith-informed engagement with film and other media. The Center sponsors Taylor’s annual Envision Film Festival, as well as various other campus events that encourage thoughtful connection of faith and culture. For more information, contact Professor Kathy Bruner.
Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship serves as the focal point for encouraging and gathering innovation from across campus and the community, developing servant-leaders equipped for success. Its mission is to train, mentor, and equip Kingdom-class innovators for a lifetime of creative flourishing. Programs such as the IMPACT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Camp for high schoolers and Founders Fellows provide training and direct engagement with investors, business professionals, and mentors for aspiring entrepreneurs. Competitions on- and off-campus engage students with real-world experience of pitching ideas to investors with opportunities to win cash prizes. Space at the upcoming Innovation Hub will create a common location and more importantly, a community, for students and faculty to work on their ideas. Additionally, this community has access to expertise from internal and external entrepreneurial professionals. Contact Dr. Mick Bates for more information.
Center for Missions Computing
The Center for Missions Computing enables current students to serve Taylor’s missions partners with computing expertise, technology resources, software project management, team leadership, and software engineering services.
Center for Musical Development
The Center for Musical Development provides musical instruction to students from the surrounding community. This program gives Taylor students practical experience in teaching music to young learners. Children ages six to 16 can receive piano lessons from Taylor students and professional instructors at a reasonable cost, with no prior musical training required. Contact Dr. Becky Baker for more information at 317-432-2029, or contact Andrea Baker, Music Program Assistant, at 765-998-5232.
Center for Scripture Engagement
The Center for Scripture Engagement equips people to engage with the Bible in ways that drive evangelism, personal discipleship, worldview formation, and church planting. This is accomplished through research conducted by the Center, resources provided by a partnership with Bible Gateway, and training offered in studying Scripture. For more information, contact Dr. Phil Collins.
Pulliam Journalism Center
The Pulliam Journalism Center fosters the discipling, mentoring, teaching and training of Christian journalism students who have committed their story writing talents for the glory of God. Founded in 2019, the Center provides scholarships to journalism students and funds Christian journalists to serve as guest lecturers, introducing Taylor students to journalists who are both committed to their careers and to their Christian faith. For more information, contact Dr. Alan Blanchard.
Spencer Centre for Global Engagement
The Spencer Centre actively promotes global engagement within Taylor’s student body by providing leaders for global outreach, coordinating with regional partners, and encouraging cross-cultural opportunities through Taylor World Outreach, which sends as many as 400 students, faculty, and staff each year all over the world for outreach.
The Institutional Research Office supports decision-making by assisting in data collection, interpreting institutional data, and creating strategic reports across the university. The Institutional Research Analyst is responsible for collecting, maintaining, analyzing, projecting, and reporting institutional data for our strategic planning and assessment process. They respond to surveys, fulfill requests from the department of Education such as IPEDS, complete guidebooks like US News & World Report, and prepare a collection of University Facts. These provide support for university-wide planning activities through data-enriched decision making for recommending policy, processes, and program changes based on reports and data. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Research.
Our goal for quality improvement of our academic and student affairs programs is sustained and strengthened through our strategic plan. The Cabinet and Board of Trustees continually assesses the improvement we strive for by making sure our mission and goals are accomplished. These groups receive reports, review the institutional performance, and evaluate the long-range planning system to identify key needs and priorities to fulfill the university’s mission and purpose.