• VU Approves Tuition Increases, Record Budget

    The Vincennes University Board of Trustees has approved a record-high budget for the next two academic years. The budget includes increases in tuition for each year, though the university says it will continue to have the state's second-lowest tuition rates. 

  • (Image courtesy of the town of Bloomfield) Bloomfield Schools were the first participants in the southern Indiana program.

    Work Simulation Program Growing

    A program designed to create a pipeline for workers at the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center is expanding. The Workplace Simulation Project, which launched two years ago in southern Indiana, will be offered at the school districts in Shoals, Paoli and Spring Valley and at French Lick and at Loogootee-based STIMULUS Engineering Services Inc. The WSP, which is organized by NSWC Crane, Indiana University and DirectEmployers, was first started in Bloomfield Schools in 2015.

  • Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett (podium) helped make the announcement Wednesday.

    IUPUI Joining Horizon League

    IUPUI's athletics programs will have a new home next month. The university has announced it has received approval to join the Horizon League and it will begin competing in the league in the 2017-2018 academic year. 

  • IPS Unveils Plans For High School Closures

    Indianapolis Public Schools has announced recommendations for closing four schools before the 2018-2019 academic year. Superintendent Lewis Ferebee tells our partners at WTHR low enrollment in the schools led to the decision, which will affect Arlington, Broad Ripple, Northwest and John Marshall high schools. The district is also recommending the sale of two administrative buildings which, combined with the sale of the Broad Ripple High School building, could save millions of dollars.

  • Image of the Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington campus courtesy of Ivy Tech.

    New Ivy Tech Campus Chancellors in Place Statewide

    As part of its new organizational structure, Ivy Tech Community College has announced the 19 chancellors that will head its statewide campuses. President Sue Ellspermann says it represents the next step "in putting more 'community' into community college." The more localized structure, Ivy Tech says, will create self-sustaining units led by the chancellors. The new setup replaces the regional or bi-regional leadership structure that had been in place.

  • Bill Stephan serves as vice president for engagement at Indiana University.

    IU Targets Entrepreneurship With Reorganization

    Indiana University is detailing measures it says will boost entrepreneurial activity at its campuses statewide. President Michael McRobbie has reorganized the IU Research and Technology Corp. in ways the school says will better address challenges such as talent identification, capital, startup space and programming for the companies behind innovations at IU.

  • (Image of Scott College of Business courtesy of Indiana State University.)

    ISU Announces Insurance Partnership

    A global claims management company is partnering with Indiana State University on insurance classes. Georgia-based Crawford & Co. will partner with the school to offer its professional-level training courses to students. The training "modules" will be integrated into regular coursework beginning this summer in 300-level classes. They include focusing on adjuster safety, auto, casualty, ethics, fraud, liability, property, risk management, soft skills...

  • The program involves a three-year nursing program at Taylor University, followed by a 14-month program at IWU.

    Taylor, IWU Partner on Nursing Program

    Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University are partnering on a nursing program. The schools say the cooperative effort will allow students to earn two bachelor's degrees in four years at a similar cost to earning a single four-year degree. The program involves a three-year nursing program at Taylor University, followed by a 14-month concentrated nursing training program at IWU. The schools say students will gain experience in a variety of allied health professions and...

  • Lawmakers Celebrate Pre-K Expansion

    Governor Eric Holcomb held a ceremonial signing at the Statehouse Monday for the bill to expand the state's pre-kindergarten pilot program. House Enrolled Act 1004 grows the On My Way Pre-K program from five Indiana counties to 20.

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    Ag Industry Puts Heads Together For Strategic Plan

    Key stakeholders from the state's agriculture sector have released a strategic plan designed to boost the sector over the next decade. The priorities include supporting infrastructure improvement, extending high-speed broadband to all parts of the state and better coordinating ag education with the private sector. The committee that drafted the plan includes leaders from...

  • Jobs to Come With Easterseals Crossroads Acquisition

    An organization that mainly employs people with disabilities has announced an acquisition it says will create around a dozen jobs in Indianapolis. Easterseals Crossroads has added the pressure switch product line of Illinois-based A.J. Antunes & Co. The process to locate production to the organization's plant on the east side of Indianapolis is underway and expected to be complete by August 1.

  • ISU Trustees Approve Tuition Increase

    Students at Indiana State University will be paying more over the next two years. The university's board of trustees has approved an increase in tuition and fees as well as operating budgets for the 2017-2019 biennium.

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    IWU Boosts Military Focus

    Indiana Wesleyan University is upping its efforts to recruit current members of the armed forces and veterans. The school, which has a presence in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and online, has created a position for the task. KC Haight will serve as director of military and veteran recruitment and will work from IWU's Louisville Education Center. Haight retired after 23 years as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force.

  • Mearns comes to Ball State from Northern Kentucky University.

    New Ball State President: We Want to be Better Partners

    New Ball State University President Geoffrey Mearns says he is using his first 100 days in office to gather input on a strategic plan for the university, which he expects to begin to roll out in the fall. Mearns, who began his tenure on the Muncie campus last month, says his vision for the school includes a commitment to Muncie and east central Indiana, a region that has been hit hard by a changing manufacturing economy.

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    VU Names Dean of Jasper Campus

    Vincennes University has named Christian Blome assistant vice president and dean of the university's Jasper campus. Blome, who currently serves as executive director of Kentucky campuses at McKendree University, will begin his new role July 5. 

  • Sherilyn Emberton came to Huntington University in 2013.

    Huntington Ag Focus Growing

    The president of Huntington University says the needs of the work force are driving the school's continued focus on agriculture. Sherilyn Emberton says HU's two-year-old ag program taps into a field that has meaning to the region and will "at the end of the day, produce jobs." Agriculture is a $37 billion industry in the state, and in an interview with Inside INdiana Business Television, Emberton said the concept of venturing into ag began when she started asking...

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    IPFW Names Community Research Institute Director

    IPFW has named Rachel Blakeman director of the Community Research Institute. Blakeman, a licensed attorney who most recently served as a project manager for the city of Fort Wayne, will begin her new role July 10.

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    Connecting Students to Manufacturing, Logistics Experience

    The two-day kick-off of a statewide program that exposes high school students to careers in advanced manufacturing and logistics continues Friday at several Hoosier companies. The Conexus Indiana Interns initiative involves paid, six week summer internships. Participating companies include Rolls-Royce, Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) and Merchandise Warehousing Co. Conexus Indiana says 280 students are enrolled in this year's session.

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    Video Provides Peek at Vision of Hulman Center Revamp

    A principal with Indianapolis-based Ratio Architects says a conceptual video of the proposed $75 million renovation of the Hulman Center in Terre Haute represents an opportunity for the city to step up to the same level as other prominent venues throughout the state. Our partners at WTHI-TV attended a Vigo County Capital Improvement Board meeting Wednesday for a first public look at the firm's vision for the more than 40-year-old sports and convention facility.

  • Each multi-year agreement includes the potential for increased scope and funding levels.

    Purdue, Crane Detail Research Projects

    Purdue University and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division have announced two cooperative research agreements as part of a recently-announced R&D collaboration. The projects involve improved communications and eliminating dangerous laptops and other electronics. Global Security and Defense Innovation Interim Director Daniel DeLaurentis is leading the communications project.

  • (Graphic courtesy of Ball State University)

    Ball State Study Warns of Automation, Offshoring Threats

    A new report from Ball State University provides a snapshot of two forces that could have a big impact on the work force of the future: automation and offshoring. The research looks at communities throughout the country and suggests 10 counties in Indiana could be especially susceptible. Nationwide, the analysis found approximately one in four U.S. jobs faces future threats from foreign competition.

  • Ivy Tech, IWU Create Reverse Transfer Agreement

    Ivy Tech Community College has inked a reverse transfer agreement with Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion. The partnership will assist students who transfer to IWU before completing an associate degree at Ivy Tech. 

  • Memnon Archiving Services will use film digitization scanners to preserve IU's film collection. (photo courtesy Indiana University)

    IU Digitization Initiative Moves to Second Phase

    Indiana University has begun the second phase of its Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative. In collaboration with Bloomington-based Memnon Archiving Services Inc., IU plans to digitize about 25,000 film reels by 2020 in what the university calls "one of the most ambitious programs of film digitization" in the world.

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    Skills Gap at Heart of IU, Microsoft Partnership

    Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is partnering with a big name on a new online program. The collaboration with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) involves a 12-hour dual certification in cloud-based analytics. Participants in the year-long program will use curriculum from Microsoft's Professional Program and credits could go toward other online IU Kelley degrees.

  • (photo courtesy IPFW)

    Fort Wayne, IPFW Developing Trail App

    The city of Fort Wayne is partnering with IPFW to develop a mobile app for users of the city's greenways and trail systems. IPFW says the app will collect data on trail usage and trail conditions, which it says will benefit the entire community.

  • (Rendering provided by Wernle)

    Wernle Ready For Admin Building Groundbreaking

    The Richmond-based Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center will break ground Wednesday on a new administration building. The project is part of the nonprofit's $10 million Community of Hope Campaign, which also includes new outpatient care facilities. Early last year, Wernle received two gifts of more than $1 million toward the campaign within a month of each other.

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    Dwyer to Retire From Conexus Indiana

    The chief executive officer of Conexus Indiana has announced his retirement. Steven Dwyer has led Indiana's advanced manufacturing and logistics industry initiative since 2009. He helped launch Conexus Indiana as a founding board member in 2007. Dwyer previously served as chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce Corp. in Indianapolis. He spent 30 years in the aerospace and defense industries.

  • Purdue Northwest Adds Sports Management Major

    Purdue University Northwest will provide students in its College of Business a new major offering beginning this fall. The university is adding a Sports Management major as part of its Bachelor of Science in Business degree program. 

  • Tiffany White, board president of Women & Hi Tech talks about mentoring women entering the tech workforce.

    Partnership Strengthens Women in Tech

    Fishers-based Eleven Fifty Academy is partnering with Women & Hi Tech to help mentor women pursuing technology-related careers. Members of the nonprofit organization will meet each week with women currently enrolled in the Academy’s software development course. Women & Hi Tech says it will also use its vast network of members to assist Eleven Fifty in identifying companies willing to interview students for internships and apprenticeship opportunities.

  • Pilot Mary McCarty (left) and co-pilot Alyssa Harvey comprise one of the Purdue teams in the race.

    Purdue Teams to Take Off in Air Race

    Two teams from Purdue University will take part Tuesday in the annual Air Race Classic women's cross-country competition. The students, representing Indiana, Ohio, Cyprus and France, will take off from Maryland and travel more than 2,600 miles to Santa Fe, New Mexico by Friday.

  • Aco Sikoski (left) and Thomas Coley (photos courtesy Ivy Tech Community College)

    Ivy Tech Names New Chancellors

    Ivy Tech Community College has named chancellors for two of its newly-reorganized campuses in northern Indiana. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report Aco Sikoski will serve as chancellor of the Valparaiso campus, while Thomas Coley will lead the South Bend/Elkhart campus.

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    Ball Brothers Foundation Details $3M in Grants

    The Muncie-based Ball Brothers Foundation has announced a $3 million grant cycle. Two of the biggest beneficiaries are Muncie Community Schools and Burris Laboratory School. The combined $580,000 for the local schools will go toward what the foundation calls "innovative and digitally rich programming," which includes...

  • Governor Eric Holcomb led an economic development mission to Europe, which included time at the Paris Air Show.

    Aerospace 'Partnership For The Ages' Grows

    The vice president of public affairs with Rolls-Royce North America in Indianapolis says a new research and development collaboration among the company, Purdue University and the state demonstrates a "comprehensive approach" to pushing forward the engine technology of tomorrow. Joel Reuter says the turbine airfoil technology that will be the focus of a planned $24 million gas turbine engine laboratory will have implications in the commercial and defense sectors.

  • (Rendering of proposed volleyball and wrestling arena provided by Indiana University)

    Projects Move Forward on Multiple IU Campuses

    The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved six renovation projects and four design proposals for work on several campuses throughout the state. The approvals include golf course renovation and reconfiguration in Bloomington, improvements to the Primary Care Center at IUPUI and maintenance at IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest and IU Southeast.

  • (Image courtesy of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.) The announcement caps off an economic development mission in France and Hungary.

    Purdue, Rolls-Royce Announce $24M Aerospace R&D Partnership

    Purdue University and Rolls-Royce, which employs more than 4,000 Hoosiers, have announced a $24 million partnership. The agreement, announced Monday by Governor Eric Holcomb and Rolls-Royce officials at the Paris Air Show, involves launching a turbine laboratory for gas turbine engine research and development at Purdue. It will be housed at Zucrow Laboratories on Purdue's campus, which is one of the largest propulsion labs of its kind at a university in the U.S.

  • Purdue, IU Finalize IPFW Realignment

    The boards of trustees for Indiana University and Purdue University have approved agreements for the realignment of IPFW into separate institutions. The agreements will create a one-year transition period before the realignment takes complete effect in July 2018.

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    Vincennes Names College of Technology Dean

    Vincennes University has named Ty Freed dean of the College of Technology. Freed, who has been a member of the VU faculty for 17 years, has served as interim dean since January.

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    Hoosiers Competing in Braille Challenge

    Four Indiana students will take part in the 2017 Braille Challenge finals in California this weekend. The competition, which will take place at the University of Southern California, is the only national reading and writing contest in braille for students who are blind or visually impaired.

  • Julie Burns (photo courtesy Jump IN for Healthy Kids)

    New Jump IN CEO Sets Focus on Health in Schools

    The new chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Jump IN for Healthy Kids says Indiana's poor health rankings present the greatest challenges for improving the health of children in the state. Julie Burns says while the organization has many areas of focus, she believes they can make the greatest impact in childcare and schools by helping to give kids an early understanding of the benefits of healthy eating and physical activity. Burns was appointed CEO earlier this week.

  • IU Trustees Approve Operating Budget

    The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved the school's operating budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The university says the budget calls for $3.5 billion in spending across IU's seven Indiana campuses, a 3.4 percent increase over the previous year. 

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    Purdue Railyard Shrinks 'Capital Barrier' For Startups

    The director of the Purdue Research Parks says the recently-launched Purdue Railyard coworking space will benefit the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the university and the region. The facility is billed as one of the largest of its kind in the country. Greg Napier says at $40 per month, the space reduces the "capital barrier" to finding a home for early-stage businesses.

  • IU East to Offer Applied Health Science Degree

    Indiana University East has announced plans to offer a new Applied Health Science degree this fall. The bachelor's degree program will offer two tracks in community health education and health administration.

  • WGU Indiana Marks Seven Years

    Indiana's online, nonprofit university is celebrating its seventh anniversary. WGU Indiana, which has a current enrollment of 5,000, says it has granted degrees to 4,700 graduates since 2010. WGU Indiana's first graduating class seven years ago consisted of seven graduates. Chancellor Allison Barber, who has led the university since its launch, says...

  • Edward Berger is the executive director of MEERCat Purdue.

    Purdue Launches Mechanical Engineering Center

    Purdue University has launched a center that aims to better transition mechanical engineering students to the work force. The Mechanical Engineering Education Research Center at Purdue, or MEERCat Purdue, will create a research consortium with industry partners that focuses on the transition.

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    ISU Measures Economic Impact

    Indiana State University has released a study that says that connects the school to 4 percent of all jobs in the Wabash Valley. The analysis, conducted by Indianapolis-based Thomas P. Miller & Associates LLC, says ISU contributes $334 million a year to the local economy. It suggests 4,537 jobs were created statewide last year by ISU, which had earnings of $172 million and output of $411 million.

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    Butler Brings Back Jordan as Hoops Head Coach

    One of the state's most storied college basketball programs has a new head coach. LaVall Jordan, who played and has served as an assistant coach for Butler University, has been selected to lead the men's basketball team. He succeeds Chris Holtmann, who left for the head coaching gig at Ohio State University.

  • (Pictured left to right) Mayor Tom Henry, UAW Local 2209 President Brian Hartman, Shop Chairman Rich LeTourneau, General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Plant Manager Mike Thomas, United Way of Allen County CEO David Nicole.

    General Motors Contributes to United Way Allen County

    United Way of Allen County has received a nearly $265,000 contribution from the General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly plant. The organization says the donation equals the total from employees during the 2015-2016 campaign. The gift is part of an "equal contribution initiative" from General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM). The focus of the giving is on STEM education, vehicle and road safety and sustainable communities.

  • Ivy Tech Changing Organizational Structure

    Ivy Tech Community College has announced a new organizational structure which it says will better serve students and the state. Under the new structure, Ivy Tech will have 19 campuses throughout the state, which will be "self-sustaining units" with their own chancellors.

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    Purdue Names College of Science Dean

    Purdue University has selected Patrick Wolfe as dean of the College of Science. Wolfe, a professor of statistics and computer science and founding executive director of the Big Data Institute at University College London, will begin his new role July 17. 

  • Greg Deason is the senior vice president of the Purdue Research Foundation.

    Purdue, WestGate, Crane Joining Forces

    Purdue University and the Purdue Research Foundation are joining forces with WestGate Authority and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division on R&D and technology commercialization efforts throughout Indiana and beyond. As part of the agreement, Purdue will provide programming, intellectual property support and entrepreneurial services for WestGate tenants. The school says it is also exploring partnership opportunities with Indiana University at WestGate.

  • (Graphic courtesy of Ball State University and Conexus Indiana)

    Report: Manufacturing, Logistics Outpacing Neighbors

    While the manufacturing and logistics industries in most Midwest states have lost ground over the last 20 years, Indiana has grown in a big way. A new study from the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research and Conexus Indiana shows the industries have grown by 41 percent in the state since 1997, beating Wisconsin's 4 percent growth and losses in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

  • Nextech Launches Externship For Teachers

    Indianapolis-based nonprofit Nextech is launching an initiative to connect teachers with leaders in the local tech sector. The Nextech Educator Externship will help middle and high school teachers connect their classroom curriculum to career opportunities and student interests.

  • (Image of central Indiana campus courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College.)

    Ivy Tech Honored For Cyber Security 'Excellence'

    Ivy Tech Community College has secured a key federal designation. The National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have named it a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education. Ivy Tech offers multiple degrees, certificates and technical certificates in Cyber Security and Information Assurance. It says the center of excellence designation means...

  • Holcomb Makes Board of Education Appointments

    Governor Eric Holcomb has appointed two new members to the Indiana State Board of Education and reappointed two others. The terms of all four board members will be effective July 1. 

  • Indiana State to Offer Engineering Degrees

    Indiana State University's request to offer a Bachelor of Science in engineering was approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education on Thursday. The engineering degree will provide three concentrations, including mechanical engineering, civil engineering and industrial engineering, and will prepare students to become licensed professional engineers.

  • Holtmann was named head coach in 2014.

    Butler Coach Heading to Ohio State

    The head coach of Butler University's men's basketball team is leaving Indianapolis. The university has confirmed Chris Holtmann, who has been the head coach of the Bulldogs since 2014, will become the head coach at Ohio State University.

  • Earlham Introduces Peace Corps Program

    Earlham College is starting Peace Corps Prep this fall. The new program through Earlham’s Center for Social Justice aims to help prepare students for service in the Peace Corps.

  • (Image courtesy of Indiana University.) Mark Kelley has three decades of experience as a cancer researcher.

    Biotech Company Licenses IU Discoveries

    An Indianapolis-based biotechnology company is looking to commercialize discoveries made at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Apexian Pharmaceuticals Inc. has licensed all technology discovered by the Mark Kelley, Betty and Earl Herr Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research at the school.

  • New Development, Alumni Center Named For Former DePauw President

    A gift from two of DePauw University's most well-known donors are supporting a new "front door for our returning alumni." The Robert G. Bottoms Alumni and Development Center, named in honor of the former longtime president, will be located in a renovated fraternity and sorority house through a gift from Timothy and Sharon Ubben. In all, the Ubbens, who both graduated from DePauw in 1958, have committed more than $91 million to their alma mater.

  • Purdue Grad Announced as Potential Astronaut

    A Purdue graduate was announced for NASA's 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. Loral O’Hara, a 2009 Purdue University graduate from Sugar Land, Texas, was one of 12 people announced during ceremonies on June 7th at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

  • Frank Levinson graduated from Butler in 1975. (photo courtesy Phoenix Venture Partners)

    'Transformational' Gift to Support Sciences at Butler

    A Butler University alumnus has awarded a $5 million gift to support the sciences. The university says the gift from Frank Levinson will be used to help transform its science teaching and laboratory spaces, which will be designed to complement those of companies throughout the world. 

  • During high school, Raven Osborne (pictured to the left of GEO Foundation founder Kevin Teasley) earned an associate's degree, then bachelor's degree.

    Gary Charter Program Opens Bachelor Degree Pathway

    A dual-credit program at a Gary charter school and a graduate to also receive a high school diploma and bachelor's degree are drawing national attention. The Indianapolis-based GEO Foundation runs the 21st Century Charter School in Gary and founder Kevin Teasley says high schools "can do a better job" providing opportunities for college credit. He was joined on Inside INdiana Business Television by Raven Osborne, who discussed her educational journey.

  • (photo courtesy Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance)

    IU, Ball State Approve Tuition Hikes

    The boards of trustees for Indiana University and Ball State University have each approved increases in tuition and mandatory fees for the next two academic years. The Ball State board also approved an increase in the university's salary funding pool. 

  • Major Gift To Benefit Natural Sciences at Earlham

    A $2.7 million dollar gift to Earlham College will establish endowed funds that benefit students and faculty in the natural sciences. This major gift will support both an endowed chair in biology for ornithology, totaling about $2.6 million, and general scholarships that support students pursuing degrees in the natural sciences, totaling about $100,000. 

  • Holcomb Appoints Trustees

    Governor Eric Holcomb has announced several board appointments and reappointments. They include trustees at four state universities and the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board. 

  • State Unveils Next On My Way Pre-K Counties

    The state has released the list of 15 counties eligible to take part in the expanded On My Way Pre-K program. The General Assembly approved an additional $10 million per year to cover the new counties, bringing the total to 20. Approved local providers will enroll students for the 2018/2019 school year and limited participation could begin as early as January. Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties were in the pilot group that was approved in 2015.

  • The public forum will be held on the IUPUI campus.

    IU Trustees to Hold Public Tuition Forum

    The Indiana University Board of Trustees will Wednesday hold a public forum at IUPUI to discuss tuition and fee rates. IU President Michael McRobbie is recommending a 1.4 percent increase in tuition and mandatory fees for the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses over the next two academic years.

  • Purdue, IU Among Top For Patents

    The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association have released its list of the top 100 worldwide universities to receive the most U.S. utility patents in 2016. Purdue University and Indiana University are included on the list and are the only Hoosier representatives.

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    Nonprofit Launches Makerspace Crowdfunding Campaign

    Columbus-based nonprofit Foundation for Youth has launched a crowdfunding campaign to create the city's first public makerspace. The Maker Studio project aims to transform an underutilized classroom with state-of-the-art technology into a space for kids to learn and develop modern job skills.

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    Grant to Support Rose-Hulman STEM Initiative

    The Indiana Department of Education has awarded a $300,000 grant to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in an effort to enhance its partnership with the Vigo County School Corp. The funding will support a program aimed at enhancing the awareness of STEM innovations in teachers and students.

  • 'Momentum is Palpable' For More Pre-K

    A conference focusing on the connections among the economy, work force and early childhood education has drawn hundreds from throughout the state to Bloomington. Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County Chief Executive Officer Tina Peterson says the event gives leaders throughout the state resources to take back to their communities and reminds them they have partners. Peterson says "the momentum is palpable."

  • Ivy Tech says it offers over 1,000 online courses in more than 15 programs.

    Ivy Tech Touts Distance Education Ranking

    A distance education research group ranks Ivy Tech Community College as the top community college in the United States with students taking at least one distance education course. Digital Learning Compass ranks the school in the top 15 overall in its 2017 Distance Education Enrollment Report. The report analyzes distance education trends among higher education institutions throughout the United States.

  • The school expects to complete the renovation in September.

    IU East Renovating Campus' Oldest Building

    Indiana University East has begun work on the renovation of Whitewater Hall Lobby. Richmond-based Wisenhunt Construction Inc. says the project will enhance the space and improve energy efficiency at the campus' oldest building.

  • Founding Dean to Retire From USF

    The founding dean of the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis is retiring. The university says Rick Cartwright, who has been a part of the USF faculty since 1975, will step down at the end of the current academic year. 

  • Growth Plans on The Horizon For Young Life Sciences Incubator

    A "collaborative ecosystem" for life sciences startups in Indianapolis is marking its first anniversary with potential growth plans. Director JaiPal Singh says 11 companies have launched from the Indiana Center for Biomedical Innovations at IU Health Methodist Hospital and many have been "quite well-funded." He says some 45 professionals are now associated with the center, which has already maxed-out its space. During an interview with Inside INdiana Business...

  • (Image courtesy of the National Football Foundation) The 2018 class will be announced at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on the same night as the National Championship in January.

    College Football Hall Ballot Includes Indiana Connections

    Eight players from Indiana colleges are on the ballot for the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame. A total of 110 players and coaches in multiple levels of the game are represented. Winners will be announced during a ceremony January 8 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Players from the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Indiana University, the University of Indianapolis, Valparaiso University and Ball State University are on this year's ballot.

  • The Vincennes Aviation Technology Center is located at Indianapolis International Airport.

    VU, Aviation Academy Partner

    Vincennes University has announced a partnership designed to serve as a pathway to careers in aviation. The collaboration with the Indianapolis Aviation Career Education Academy and VU's Aviation Technology Center at Indianapolis International Airport involves exposure and training for high school students to positions in maintenance and flight.

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    Event Seeks Early Learning Coalitions

    Hundreds of business, education and community leaders will get together next week in Bloomington for a conference focused on the role of early childhood education in economic development. Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee Kevin Bain says the goal is to spark a "more informed, more organized and more passionate" coalition behind early learning opportunities throughout the state.

  • Purdue Trustees Approve Tuition Freeze, Budget

    The Purdue University Board of Trustees Executive Committee has given final approval to another two-year tuition freeze on the West Lafayette campus. The approval, which covers the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years, means Purdue will have six consecutive years with no changes in base tuition.

  • Titans to Play Ball For Ivy Tech Northeast

    Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has launched a baseball program. Longtime Fort Wayne area coach Lance Hershberger will be the team's first head coach. He started Indiana Tech's baseball program in 1990 and later took it to five consecutive NAIA World Series. Ivy Tech Northeast has submitted a letter of intent to join Division II of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Officials are exploring the possibility of hooking up with a regional conference.

  • Image (left) of Ben Zarzaur provided by Eskenazi Health, image (right) of Malaz Boustani provided by Regenstrief Institute.

    Hoosier Researchers Receive $2.5M For Trauma Recovery

    Researchers at Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute are testing a new collaborative care model designed to help patients over the age of 50 fully recover from injury. Work on the Trauma Medical Home model has received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. The researchers say the majority of the estimated 1.4 million Americans over the age of 50 who are hospitalized each year for injury have the potential to...

  • 'Phoenix Project' Rises at St. Joe

    The recently-appointed rector of Saint Joseph's College has announced the team charged with what officials are calling the "re-engineering" of the Rensselaer school. Father Barry Fischer has launched "Saint Joseph's Phoenix Project" to take on what he says is the "enormous and daunting" task of attempting to reopen the college. St. Joe officially suspended operations May 5. In a letter to the St. Joe community...

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    New Degree Brings International Flavor to Notre Dame

    The Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame will host its inaugural class of Master of Global Affairs students this fall. The university says the 38 students, who were chosen from more than 300 applicants, represent 21 countries and will each receive fellowships as part of the program.

  • (Image provided by the Indiana Department of Education) From L-to-R: Ujwala Pamidimukkala, Samantha Fassnacht, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, Governor Eric Holcomb, Miranda Shook, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, Truman Bennet

    STEM Team Winners to Enter Work Force That Needs Them

    Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says as future work force needs continue to trend toward STEM-related fields, it's important to recognize student achievements. The state has introduced the winners of the 2017 Governor's STEM Team awards, the program replacing the former Mr. and Miss Indiana Science and Math awards. McCormick says "success in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math drives our students and our state forward."

  • Michael Manfra (photo courtesy Purdue University)

    Purdue, Microsoft Extend Partnership

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  • IDOE Names 'Family Friendly Schools'

    The Indiana Department of Education has announced more than 30 schools as Family Friendly Schools for the 2017-2018 academic year. The designation recognizes schools that "excel in the involvement of families and communities in their children's education.

  • Notre Dame 3D Tech Inspires Nonprofit Startup

    A nonprofit sprouted from high-tech laboratory projects at the University of Notre Dame is continuing to grow. Flourish3D, which is located at Innovation Park, creates images of flowers picked at sites throughout the South Bend campus and several other colleges. The plants are duplicated through CT scanning, then digitized and etched inside crystals to give to patients who can't receive fresh flowers due to the effects of illness or cancer treatment.

  • State Announces More 'Four Star Schools'

    The Indiana Department of Education has released its second round of Four Star Schools for the 2015-2016 academic year. The designation is given to "recognize the very best schools in Indiana." The list includes 207 schools, in addition to the 41 named in the first round earlier this month.

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    Angie's List Co-Founder Honored by Harvard

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  • (Image courtesy of the IHSAA) Pat Roy -- October 3, 1938 - May 23, 2017.

    'Pioneer For Girls' Athletics in Indiana' Dies

    An influential figure in advancing and growing the presence of girl's high school sports in the state has died. Pat Roy, who served the Indiana High School Athletic Association Inc. longer than any other executive staff member, retired as an assistant commissioner in 1999. In the mid-1950s, she played for the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Pat Roy was 78.

  • (photo courtesy Valparaiso University Athletics)

    Valpo to Join Missouri Valley Conference

    Valparaiso University says it has accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference. The university, which has spent the last 10 years in the Horizon League, will officially make the move in July with 17 athletics programs competing in MVC play in the 2017-2018 academic year. 

  • Rebecca Stoltzfus is a GC graduate and previously served on its board of trustees.

    Committee Selects Next Goshen College President

    The presidential search committee at Goshen College has announced Rebecca Stoltzfus as its choice to be the school's 18th president. A 1983 Goshen graduate, she currently serves as vice provost for undergraduate education at Cornell University in New York. Stoltzfus must still receive final approval from the Goshen College and Mennonite Education Agency boards.

  • State Looking to Boost STEM Teachers

    The state's efforts to attract and retain teaching talent continue. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is making $10 million in STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund grants available to organizations seeking to address the shortage of STEM teachers throughout Indiana. 

  • The competition involved nine teams from Indiana and Illinois.

    'Next Launch' Showcases Young Innovators

    Launch Fishers founder John Wechsler says this week's first "Next Launch" business idea competition is the first step of what he hopes will ultimately become a national program. High school students from Culver, Fishers and Illinois competed for more than $17,000 in prizes. The top prizes went to teams developing technology for artificial intelligence, arthritis therapy and using sound to extinguish fires.

  • (Image provided by GE)

    GE Looks to 'Balance The Equation' For Women

    General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), which has three manufacturing sites throughout the state, is launching an effort designed to get more women into its tech-driven work force. Balance the Equation is looking to attract 20,000 women into STEM fields by 2020 and boosting its representation of women and men in entry-level programs to a 50:50 ratio. Other facets of Balance the Equation include...

  • McCormick was a lifelong resident of Knox County.

    Vincennes Mourns McCormick

    Longtime businessman and Vincennes University board member C. James McCormick has passed away. Vincennes President Chuck Johnson says McCormick's time on the board marked "remarkable years of progress, thanks in part to his visionary leadership and generous philanthropy." Service to Vincennes ran in McCormick's family. McCormick served on the Vincennes board from 1990-1999 and 2007-2017.

  • (photo courtesy Indiana State University)

    ISU Names College of Education Dean

    Indiana State University has selected Janet Buckenmeyer as dean of the Bayh College of Education. Buckenmeyer, who currently serves as dean of the college of education at Armstrong State University in Georgia, will begin her new role July 31.

  • (photo courtesy University of Notre Dame)

    Notre Dame to Host Job Fairs

    The University of Notre Dame is looking to fill more than 100 regular part-time and full-time positions. The university is hosting a series of job fairs, beginning Wednesday, to fill the jobs it says have been created by campus growth and existing vacancies. 

  • (Image courtesy of Lilly Endowment Inc.) Organizations supported in 2016 by Lilly Endowment include CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, which was founded by Holocaust survivor Eva Kor.

    Lilly Endowment: Grant Awards Rise, Assets Dip in 2016

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  • New Board Members at Trine, Holtz Takes Emeritus Role

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  • Akanocure is also researching technology that could synthesize and develop anticancer chemotherapeutic drugs derived from natural sources.

    Startups Land Ag-celerator Funding

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  • Sherard Clinkscales is ISU's director of athletics.

    ISU Looks to Elevate Athletics With New Campaign

    Indiana State University has launched its first-ever athletics-only fundraising campaign. Elevate - The Campaign For Sycamore Athletics, which is looking to raise $600,000, will focus on primary areas "targeted for implementation or improvement." They include...

  • (Still image from video provided by Purdue University)

    Purdue Polytechnic Preps For Launch

    With just a few months before classes begin for the first time, the head of Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis says the model is poised for expansion. Scott Bess says he envisions two additional schools in Marion County and a total of six-to-nine locations throughout the state. He was joined on Inside INdiana Business Television by Fairbanks Foundation CEO Claire Fiddian-Green, who discussed the organization's recent $1.25 million contribution to the school.

  • The tuition and fee recommendations will now go to the Executive Committee for a May 31 public hearing, followed by a vote for final approval.

    Purdue Trustees Endorse Tuition Freeze

    Purdue University's board of trustees has endorsed another two-year tuition freeze on the West Lafayette campus, which would result in a total of six years with no change in base tuition. The board has also approved an operating budget for fiscal year 2018 that includes a 2.5 percent merit pay increase for employees on the main campus.

  • (Rendering provided by Franklin College)

    Franklin College Science Center to Serve 'Future of Industry'

    Franklin College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday on what President Tom Minar says will be a "cultural magnet" for students from STEM fields and beyond. The $17 million project involves gutting the current, 90-year-old Barnes Hall and nearly doubling the space with an addition that will create the Franklin College Science Center. Minar says graduates and interns from Franklin science programs will serve Hoosier businesses of all sizes.

  • (L to R) Justin Watson and Michael Griffin (photos courtesy Holy Cross College)

    Provost, VP Appointed For Holy Cross

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  • Rose-Hulman Names Dean of Faculty

    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has named Russell Warley dean of faculty and professor of chemical engineering. Warley, who currently serves as interim director of the School of Engineering at Penn State Eric, the Behrend College, will begin his new role in July. 

  • (Image courtesy of Purdue University/ Mark Simons)

    Japanese Government to Recognize Mitch Daniels

    Purdue University President Mitch Daniels Thursday will receive one of the highest honors from the government of Japan. During a ceremony at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., Daniels will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for "significant contributions to the strengthening of economic relations and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States."

  • Ivy Tech has awarded more than 225 associate degrees through reverse transfer to date.

    Indiana Tech, Ivy Tech Ink Reverse Transfer Agreement

    Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech Community College have launched a statewide reverse transfer agreement. It is designed for students who have transferred to Indiana Tech before completing an associate degree at Ivy Tech. To be eligible, students must have completed at least 15 credit hours from Ivy Tech and be currently enrolled as an Indiana Tech undergraduate.

  • (Image courtesy of Indiana University.) Mark Kelley has three decades of experience as a cancer researcher.

    IU Research Targets Chemo Side Effects

    A $2.9 million National Cancer Institute grant will support Indiana University School of Medicine research into some of the negative side effects of chemotherapy. Pediatric Oncology Professor Mark Kelley was awarded the funding to investigate chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, which currently has no effective treatment or prevention. Previous efforts by Kelley and colleagues have shown some promise.

  • (Image courtesy of Indiana University)

    McRobbie Leads IU Delegation to Spain, France

    Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is leading a delegation of university officials on a trip to Spain and France. Among the items on the itinerary is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Madrid Program managed by IU.

  • Pictured left to right: Purdue Motorsports Manager Danny White, IMS President Doug Boles, LHP Engineering Solutions CEO David Glass.

    Autonomous Racing Series Sprouts From Indiana Connection

    An all-electric, autonomous racing division with strong connections to Indiana has been launched at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Purdue University is teaming up with Columbus-based LHP Engineering Solutions and Bolton University in England to add the division to its existing evGrand Prix program. The series will begin in May of 2018 and include vehicles controlled remotely, blending the disciplines of mechanical and electrical engineering with information technology.

  • Gilliam says Anderson Now offers mentoring and networking opportunities.

    'Anderson Now' Paying Off For Small Business

    One of the first recipients of funding from an Anderson initiative aiming to attract entrepreneurs says the program seems "too good to be true." Anderson Now offers school loan repayment for graduates of Indiana colleges who start or relocate a business to the city. PlainSong Music Services provides music therapy and adaptive lessons for people with special needs.

  • ISU Board OKs Several Key Actions

    The Indiana State University Board of Trustees has approved three majors and multiple other development on the Terre Haute campus. The new academic programs are physics, intelligence analysis and cyber security studies. Financing for the fourth and final stage of renovations to the Sycamore Towers complex was also approved.

  • The Military Family Research Institute is located on the campus of Purdue University.

    Military Family Research Institute Scores $4.8M Grant

    Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $4.8 million grant to the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. MFRI Executive Director Shelly MacDermid Wadsworth says the grant "presents an exciting opportunity" to build the institute's future.

  • Ball State's computer science program is located in the Robert Bell Building on the Muncie campus.

    Computer Scientist: Tech Still Vulnerable to 'WannaCry'

    A computer science instructor at Ball State University says Hoosier businesses and individuals are "not out of the woods yet" when it comes to potential future threats from the WannaCry ransomware attacks that have swept the world. Vinayak Tanksale urges computer users, especially with Microsoft Windows, to update their software immediately to help "nip this in the bud." He says medical facilities are particularly vulnerable because...

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      Federal student loan interest rates are set to increase next week, and an Indiana nonprofit is looking to help students navigate the loan process. InvestEd Chief Executive Officer Joe Wood says rates for undergraduates will increase from 3.76 percent to 4.45 percent, resulting in average payments of about $10 more per month, or $1,100 over the life of a loan.

    • Ivy Tech Unveils Organizational Transition

      Ivy Tech is undergoing a major statewide makeover. The college will no longer operate on a regional basis, but instead as 19 self-sustaining campuses, each with their own chancellors. Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann and COO Andy Bowne weigh-in on the new structure. 

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      This year, Congress has worked hard to craft solutions to real challenges being experienced in the healthcare marketplace. The fact is that in many states the individual insurance market needs to offer more health plan options at lower cost for Hoosiers. We need Congress to act now. Throughout this debate, St. Vincent, part of Ascension, has sought to be a voice for our patients by calling on Congress to pass legislation that meets three simple principles...

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