Grant Initiative Aims to Boost Higher Ed Institutions
A new initiative from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. aims to help the state's higher education institutions improve their effectiveness and sustainability. Charting the Future for Indiana's Colleges and Universities, the organization says, to...
Data Health Project Aims to Boost Student Performance
A charter school in Indianapolis is using data on visits to the school nurse to improve student academic performance. Paramount Schools of Excellence, which has three campuses on the city's east side, found students who visited the school nurse more...
Gift to IU to Help Veteran and Military Students
A former Indiana University student and his wife have donated $1 million to benefit veteran and military-connected students. Larry and Brenda McDaniel's gift will create a more permanent space for those students on the Bloomington campus. Larry McDaniel attended IU Bloomington after serving in the U.S. Navy and graduated in 1976 before a career with Marathon Petroleum. He returned last year on a campus visit with his granddaughter, which gave him inspiration.
Endowment Leads to Notre Dame Provost
A gift from an Illinois couple will allow the University of Notre Dame to endow an associate provost for innovation position. John and Cathy Martin contributed $5 million to allow Vice President Bryan Ritchie to also hold the title of John and Cathy Martin Associate Provost for Innovation.
Bethel University Approves Athletic Facility
The Bethel University Board of Trustees has approved a new $3.9 million campus athletic training facility. Construction is set to begin in the spring and be done by end the of 2020. Funding for the facility was fueled by Bethel's GROW campaign, with $284,000 still being sought for equipment and furniture.
Two Hoosier Universities Ranked for Entrepreneur Education
MUNCIE, Ind. – Students with an entrepreneurial spirit don’t have to leave Indiana to get an education to help them pursue that business drive. The Princeton Review ranks two in-state universities on its list of Top 50 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2020. Ball State University ranks at No. 25 and Purdue University comes in at No. 50.
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne to Host Apprenticeship Fair
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will today host an Apprenticeship Fair during National Apprenticeship Week. Attendees can watch live demonstrations on skilled trades, meet industry representatives and learn how to become an apprentice.
Website Ranks 'Best Online MBA Programs' in State
College Consensus has released its ranking of the "Best Online MBA Programs by State." The Romain College of Business at the University of Southern Indiana, Ball State University’s Miller College of Business and the Doermer School of Business at Purdue University Fort Wayne took the top three spots for the Hoosier state.
IPS Approves Teacher Pay Increases
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners has approved what it says is the largest teacher pay increase in the district's history. The board approved two, two-year contracts which covers not only teachers, but also service workers such as custodians, and food service and transportation employees.
New Purdue Program Aims to Alleviate Pilot Shortage
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue University has unveiled a "Degree in 3" program intended to get aviation students in the air sooner to help alleviate a global pilot shortage. The Purdue Polytechnic Institute degree also includes new simulator technology and is expected to save students up to $30,000 in tuition and expenses.
Ribbon Cut on Bishop Noll Institute STREAM Lab
A $1.45 million renovation project officially opened last week as the Whelan Innovation Center. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the center, which was funded through the support of community donors and the Gary Diocese, will house the new Bishop Noll Institute STREAM Lab.
Purdue Fort Wayne Partners with Michigan College
Purdue University Fort Wayne is partnering with Michigan-based Macomb Community College. The agreement will allow Macomb students to completely transfer their Associate of Applied Science degree in the areas of business, IT, and health toward a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Purdue Fort Wayne.
Green Flag Waves on Autonomous Vehicle Competition
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Energy Systems Network in Indy have announced a $1 million prize competition surrounding autonomous vehicles. The Indy Autonomous Challenge will feature universities from around the world creating software for self-driving Indy Lights race cars. The speedway says the two-year competition will culminate in a head-to-head, high-speed autonomous vehicle race at the famed oval track in October 2021. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business...
Ivy Tech Awarded Veterans Grant
Ivy Tech Community College is one of two recipients of grants to support a program aimed at helping veterans. Ivy Tech received $1.5 million for the Veterans Accelerated Learning for Licensed Occupations (VALLO) project. Ivy Tech was the only private non-profit awarded under the program, which is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Indiana Among Highest for Student Loan Defaults
A new study from consumer financial website LendEDU says Indiana ranks among the worst states in the country for student loan default rates. The study used data from the U.S. Department of Education, which shows the Hoosier state ranked at No. 47 with a default rate of 14.24%.
Marian President Details Alumni Gift
Marian University in Indianapolis has announced a major gift from a family of alumni. The university says as a result of the estate gift from the Huntington family, owners of AAA Roofing in Indy, it will rename the home of Saint Joseph's College of Marian University-Indianapolis to Huntington Family Hall. A spokesman for the university says the undisclosed amount of the gift is in excess of $1 million. The family made the gift in honor of Mary Ann Busemeyer Huntington...
Small Indiana Colleges Rank High Nationally
Indiana has two institutions of higher learning, with intentionally small enrollments, that rank in the top 30 in the nation for an overall experience. The personal finance website, WalletHub, conducted a survey of what it calls the 2020 Best College Ranking.
'Strong Start For Kindergarten' Prizes Awarded
Nine Indiana schools and organizations have been named winners of the Strong Start for Kindergarten Prize. Early Learning Indiana conducted the program to focus on finding ways to ensure children effectively transition to kndergarten. The new initiative was funded by an Indiana's Preschool Development Grant. Early Learning Indiana received 55 entries from school districts, early-learning centers and non-profits in 24 Hoosier counties.
$60M Gift to Fund AI Center
An Indiana University alumnus who founded the information technology firm, ServiceNow, has given his alma mater $60 million to establish an artificial intelligence center. The university says the gift from cloud-computing pioneer Fred Luddy is the second largest in the history of the IU.
Rose-Hulman to 'Top Out' Academic Building
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will today hold a "topping out" ceremony for its $29 million academic building currently under construction. Crews will attach a steel beam to mark the highest point of the project, which is slated for completion ahead of the 2021-2022 academic year.
Black Expo Bringing Gary Model to New Charter School
Indiana Black Expo Inc. is teaming up with the Indianapolis-based GEO Foundation to open its first school next year. The foundation says the school will be located at IBE's new headquarters on the east side of Indianapolis and use the same college immersion model as the foundation's 21st Century Charter School in Gary. Kevin Teasley, founder and president of the GEO Foundation, says the model provides low-income, minority students the opportunity to attend and...
Notre Dame to Host Presidential Debate
For the first time in its 176-year history, the University of Notre Dame will host a U.S. presidential debate. Set for September of next year, the debate will be the first for the 2020 general election and take place at the Joyce Center on the South Bend campus.
Indiana Names 2020 Teacher of the Year
An elementary school teacher with a penchant for art has been named the 2020 Teacher of the Year by the Indiana Department of Education. Katie Pourcho of Danville Community School Corporation teaches art to students in kindergarten through second grade at North Elementary School.
'Back a Boiler' Gains Interest from Students
The Purdue Research Foundation says a record number of Purdue University students are taking advantage of the Back a Boiler income share agreement program. The program is an alternative way to pay for college and forego relying on Federal Parent PLUS and private student loans.
DePauw Marks Completion of $384M Capital Campaign
DePauw University is celebrating its capital campaign as the most successful campaign in the school’s history. The Campaign for DePauw, which launched in 2014 and officially ended this week, has raised nearly $384 million, which exceeds the university’s goal by more than $83 million. The campaign in May broke the university's previous record of $376.6 million, which was set in 2000. The university says the funds raised through the campaign will support a variety of...
Economic Development Personnel Get Boost with New Program
The Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University has launched a training program designed to boost the skills of regional economic development leaders. The program, which will begin later this year, is tailored for people working at regional planning organizations and federally-designated economic development districts, who can earn a regional leadership certificate. The institute says the certificate demonstrates the participants have "completed courses and have...
Hoosier Teachers Reporting for Bootcamp
As if teaching wasn’t a hard enough job, now some Hoosier educators are going through boot camp. But this first-of-its-kind training foregoes the military rigors. The Indiana Department of Education says this leadership course was offered to select teachers to engage in professional and leadership development.
Butler to Break Ground on $100M 'Science Project'
Butler University is set to formally break ground Thursday on a $100 million science complex, the largest capital project in the school’s history. Work has already started on the campus in Indianapolis, but Butler says it is holding an official groundbreaking to celebrate this historic occasion.
Pacers Exec Heading to Butler
An executive with Pacer Sports & Entertainment and a Butler University alumnus will become the next chief of staff for the university. Brent Rockwood has been named to the post where he will serve as a vice president and cabinet member for university President James Danko.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Guaranteeing Tuition Rate
No tuition increases are on the horizon for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College students. The college says it will keep its academic year 2020-21 tuition the same as the current rate and will guarantee undergraduate students pay the same rate for four years. The current tuition is set at $29,950 per year.
Grant Creates IU Alzheimer's Center
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $36 million grant to the IU School of Medicine to launch a drug discovery center focused on accelerating the development of treatments for Alzheimer's disease. The center is part of a strategic partnership with the Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery, and IU says the partnership is one of only two multi-institution teams in the country selected for a new federal program designed to grow the drug development pipeline for the disease.
Wabash College to Build New Football Stadium
A new Little Giant Stadium will be built on the campus of Wabash College to begin its 2020 football season. Wabash President Gregory Hess has announced the $13 million Little Giant Stadium will include seating for 3,550 fans in the main grandstand, four second-level suites and the W Club Lounge.
IU Ventures Invests $500K in Boston Tech Firm
IU Ventures has joined in a $3 million funding round for a tech company co-founded by an Indiana University alumnus. The nonprofit has invested $500,000 in Boston-based Mentor Collective as part of the round, which was led by Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation.
Ivy Tech Chancellor Finalists to Visit Richmond Campus
The three individuals vying to become chancellor of the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Richmond will visit with the community this week. The campus will Tuesday host the first of three public forums featuring each of the finalists for the position.
Economic Impact of Independent Colleges, Universities
An Indianapolis-based association representing 30 non-profit colleges and universities in the state says collectively they have a $5.4 billion impact on Indiana’s economy every year. Independent Colleges of Indiana has released an economic impact study to illustrate what role the institutions have.
Lumina Report Targets Credential Quality Assurance
Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation has released a report focusing on the quality of postsecondary credentials. The report, Unlocking the Nation's Potential: A Model to Advance Quality and Equity in Education Beyond High School, is the result of a year of research by the foundation's Quality Credentials Task Force. Debra Humphreys, vice president of strategic engagement for Lumina and co-chair of the task force, says the group aimed to find clarity on what quality really looks...
International School Launches Capital Campaign
The International School of Indiana has publicly launched a capital campaign to establish a unified campus in Indianapolis. As part of the ONE ISI campaign, the school is looking to raise $6.5 million to build a new school building for pre-elementary and elementary students at the site of its middle and high schools. The public launch follows a 10-month silent phase of the campaign, during which ISI raised $5 million from more than two dozen donors. Currently, ISI's operations are...
UIndy to Debut Finance Institute
The School of Business at the University of Indianapolis will soon launch what it calls a first-of-its-kind initiative. The university says the John C. Adams Finance Institute will enhance opportunities for students to engage in research, competitions and internships as they prepare for the workforce.
Marian University Announces New Residence Hall
Marian University plans to build a new campus residence hall following a seven-figure lead gift from Phil and Brigitt Caito. The gift will help facilitate Caito-Wagner Hall, with construction set for May 2020. The 57,000 square foot facility will include 112 rooms to house 210 students when it's scheduled to open in August 2021.
IU Among Universities Involved in Education Initiative
Indiana University is joining an initiative designed to help improve doctoral students' educational experience and to better promote diverse career paths. The university joins seven other higher education institutions in the AAU PhD Education Initiative.
'Day of Impact' Stresses Importance of Early Learning
Indianapolis-based Early Learning Indiana is celebrating its inaugural Early Learning Day of Impact. The event features more than 200 volunteers from throughout the city working to give a boost to the organization's nine Day Early Learning centers. Jennifer Dzwonar, partner at Borshoff in Indianapolis and board member of Early Learning Indiana, is one of the volunteers and says the effort aims to shine a light on the importance of early learning. In an interview with...
Kelley School Makes Changes to Evening MBA Program
The Kelley School of Business at IUPUI says recent changes to its evening MBA program are all about "continuous improvement." Kyle Anderson, faculty chair for the program, says the curriculum needs to match ongoing changes in the business community, including the needs of employers. Some of the changes include switching to an intensive, 24-month program and adding a new course in business innovation and disruptive technology. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business...
Allen County Superintendent Earns Top Honors
Dr. Phillip Downs has been named Superintendent of the Year for 2020 by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. Downs has led the MSD of Southwest Allen County in Fort Wayne since 2014. Prior to that, Downs served as assistant superintendent in the suburban school district.
Shakespeare Program Targeting Vets
Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington will this week launch a unique program aimed at supporting military veterans. Shakespeare + Vets is a conversation group the college says will give veterans the chance to talk about their experiences and tie them into Shakespeare's work. Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center and producer of the program, says the goal is to help veterans gain confidence through the discussions and shared experiences.
$40M Grant to Help Purdue Expand STEM Studies
Purdue University has announced a multi-million-dollar investment into its efforts to meet the growing demand for STEM graduates. The Purdue Research Foundation has received a $40 million grant from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. to go towards the creation of Purdue’s Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway Complex. The building project has an estimated $140 million price tag. The complex will include two buildings designed to be an interdisciplinary hub.
Indiana Colleges and Universities Ranked Among Best
Several Indiana colleges and universities are among the best in the country, according to annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The publication ranked the best national universities, along with regional universities and colleges. The rankings are based on several factors, including graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, faculty resources, social mobility and other criteria.
Results Show Sharp Drop in ILEARN Test Scores
The Indiana Department of Education has released the results of the first ILEARN exam conducted in the spring. The results show only 37.1 percent of students in grades 3-8 passed the exam, a decrease of more than 13 percent from the previous year's ISTEP+ test. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says a drop in test scores was expected with the implementation of a new exam and the 2019 results "do not provide a true reflection of the performance...
IU Northwest to Offer Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience
Indiana University Northwest has opened registration for its new bachelor's degree program in neuroscience. Assistant Professor of Psychology Maureen Rutherford says IU Northwest is the first university in the region to offer a program in the field.
Notre Dame Philosopher Appointed to Vatican Academy
A University of Notre Dame associate professor has been named a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Pope Francis appointed Therese Cory one of 50 total members, and one of only two women to be honored. Cory is an Aquinas specialist and studies Aristotle's thoughts as they pertain to Catholicism and the philosophies that connect Muslim, Jewish and Christian thinkers in the Middle Ages.
Last Mile Celebrates Graduates, Expansion
A coding program targeting prison inmates has graduated its first class in Indiana. California-based nonprofit The Last Mile, which first announced it was coming to Indiana in January 2018, celebrated the graduation of inmates from the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis. During the ceremony, officials announced the program would soon expand to more Hoosier correctional facilities. Governor Eric Holcomb was on hand to congratulate the graduates and told Inside INdiana Business...
Holcomb Seeking Waiver for Schools on ILEARN Scores
Governor Eric Holcomb is looking to keep schools and teachers from being affected by the first year of the ILEARN exam. In a statement, the governor says the results of the first test, set to be released next week, will show a decrease from the previous academic year's ISTEP+ test.
Governor's Workforce Cabinet Awards Grants
The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet has announced grants of nearly $1 million to 14 education-related organizations. The Local Career Coaching Grant allows K-12 and post-secondary institutions, employers and community-based organizations to work together to improve communities. The goal is for students and adults to be able to participate in experiential learning and training to make better choices concerning their future employment.
Center for Health and Justice Research Hires Director
An interim director has been named at the Center for Health and Justice Research at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. Eric Grommon, an associate professor at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, will fill the position.
Gift Establishes IU Endowed Chair
The Kinsey Institute has established an endowed chair following a $2 million gift from donor Scott Schurz. The gift establishes the Kinsey Institute Bicentennial Endowed Chair and will be used to support the Institute's research and education initiatives. The support includes expansion of existing research projects, pilot studies of sexological research and partnership programs with Indiana University schools and departments.
The Mind Trust Receives Walton Family Foundation Grant
Indianapolis-based education nonprofit, The Mind Trust, has received a $4.6 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation. The grant will provide funding for the Relay Graduate School of Education Teaching Residency, School Leader Fellowships and general operations.
Ivy Tech Names Vice President
Ivy Tech Community College has named a new vice president of career coaching and employer connections. Caroline Dowd-Higgins will begin her role on September 16. She most recently served as executive director of career and professional development for the Indiana University Alumni Association.
Butler Unveils New Building for Lacy School
The president of Butler University says the new building for the Lacy School of Business will create better engagement for students and faculty. The university unveiled the building Wednesday on the Indianapolis campus. James Danko says the new facility adds five times the classroom space and square footage for the school, which previously didn't have enough space for half of its classes. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Danko called...
Federal Grant Supports Food Safety Lab at Purdue
Purdue University has unveiled a new lab designed to increase awareness and develop environments for food safety. The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded the university nearly $10 million to establish the first Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety. Associate Professor of Food Science Haley Oliver will direct the lab in collaboration with Cornell University and says the goal is to train domestic and global graduate students in research to develop the next...
Phalen Leadership Academies Awarded Glick Fund Grant
Phalen Leadership Academies in Indianapolis has received a grant from the Glick Fund to help provide college and career readiness for families and teens on the far east side of Indianapolis. The Glick Fund awarded PLA with a $125,000 grant to build a readiness program helping students in grades 7-10, with plans to extend as the school grows to grades 7-12 for families and teens on the city's far east side.
Franklin College to Launch 'The Pursuit'
Franklin College plans to roll out what it calls its most comprehensive curricular reform in the college's 185-year history later this month. The college says the effort, known as The Pursuit at Franklin College, will make "engaged learning an integral part of every student's Franklin experience." The reimagined curriculum is the result of more than a year of collaboration between the faculty and administration at Franklin. The college says The Pursuit leverages many of the...
New Summer Internship Program at Crane
Five U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen are the first to be accepted to participate in a new Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center summer internship program. The midshipmen will support the fleet in strategic missions. Three of the new interns, studying STEM courses, completed their final projects and presented to Crane experts and leaders.
Valparaiso University Begins Search for New President
Valparaiso University's Board of Directors is beginning the search for a new president after Mark Heckler informed the board he intends to step down from the position he's held since 2008. Heckler has agreed to serve as president until a successor has been found and takes office.
West Lafayette Tops '2020 Best School Districts' Statewide
A website that uses quality of life data, Niche, has ranked the top school districts in Indiana. The 2020 Best School Districts rankings are based on analysis of statistics, such as test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, teacher quality, and other factors.
Indiana Rural School Clinic Expands
Elementary school students in two southeastern Indiana schools will now receive enhanced access to medical care after new telehealth centers formally opened in Ripley County. The Indiana Rural School Clinic has expanded into Batesville Primary School and Milan Elementary School.
State Finalists Announced For Teaching Awards
Six Indiana teachers have been recognized as state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The awards are the nation's highest honors for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering or math and computer science. Recipients serve as mentors and leaders in their fields and also receive a certificate, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend recognition events and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
Notre Dame to Begin Provost Search
The University of Notre Dame will soon begin a search to replace Thomas Burish as the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, after Burish announced he will step down at the end of his current term on July 1, 2020. Burish has served as provost since 2005 and also serves as chief academic officer who is responsible for the operations of all academics.
Purdue Approves First Steps Toward Ross-Ade Renovations
Purdue University took a big step towards a major facelift of Ross-Ade Stadium. The board of trustees on Friday gave approval to a renovation project for the stadium built in 1924. Estimates on the project have run as high as $125 million. The board authorized Purdue Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Bill Sullivan to select and retain an architectural and engineering firm to oversee the project. The university wants to enhance the stadium appearance and improve the game-day...
Regenstrief Scientist Helping Lead $21M Study
A research scientist with the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis and the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs has been chosen to co-lead a national study to find a way to manage chronic lower back pain. The Department of Veterans Affairs is funding the $21 million, 20-site trial.
Taylor University Appoints Interim President
The Taylor University Board of Trustees has unanimously approved Paige Comstock Cunningham as interim president. The appointment will be effective August 15. Cunningham serves as board chair, but will now step down to succeed outgoing President Lowell Haines, who resigned in June.
Marian University Hires First Walker Center Director
Marian University has hired the inaugural director of the Walker Center for Applied Ethics. Elizabeth Coit will oversee all of the Walker Center's operations, while collaborating with the board, Marian faculty, and business leaders and stakeholders to implement a long term strategy. The Walker Center was created in November 2018 to improve and evolve the interdisciplinary teaching of ethics, with a focus on research and certificate programs for ethics professionals.
New Purdue Polytechnic High School Ready for Students
Officials have cut the ribbon on the new Purdue Polytechnic High School North in Indianapolis. The STEM-based high school, located in the city's Broad Ripple neighborhood, is its second campus in Indy. Principal Keeanna Warren says the school will meet the needs of students by creating an environment where they can easily innovate, collaborate and communicate with each other. The school is set to open its doors to students August 5 and Warren says there are about...
Purdue Polytechnic HS to Open New Campus
Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis will Monday cut the ribbon on its new campus in the Broad Ripple neighborhood. Head of School Scott Bess says the new location at the former Central Indiana Community Foundation building was created to help meet demand. In a recent interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Bess said the school will open for grades nine and 10 with 400 students expected to be enrolled at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.
Eskenazi Health Establishes Fehribach Center
Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis will expand its efforts to increase employment for students with physical disabilities by establishing the Gregory S. Fehribach Center. The announcement coincides with the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Purdue University Northwest Appoints Director
The Purdue University Northwest College of Business has announced Godwin-Charles Ogbeide as the next director of the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Ogbeide previously served as an associate professor and director of strategy and hospitality and founding director of the Events and Tourism Institute at IUPUI.
'Biowall' Project Targeting Cleaner Homes, Businesses
Researchers at Purdue University are turning to plants as a way to clean the air in homes and businesses. The university says the research team has created the Biowall, an eco-friendly air filtration system for residential buildings that uses plants to absorb volatile organic compounds from the passing air and remove them from circulation. The team is being led by Bill Hutzel, a professor of mechanical engineering technology at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Purdue says the...
Parkview Health, Ivy Tech Reach Unique Agreement
Parkview Health and Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne are teaming up to address a shortage of registered nurses in the area by providing a nursing instructor to Ivy Tech’s School of Nursing beginning this fall. The instructor will be a full-time Ivy Tech Fort Wayne faculty member but the salary and benefits will be paid by Parkview.
'Banner Year' for Butler Fundraising
Butler University is celebrating what it calls a ‘banner year’ for its fundraising efforts. As Fiscal Year 2019 ended, the university had received $41.4 million from 15,823 donors. Butler says it was the second-highest fundraising total over the past decade. “This level of generosity demonstrates the incredible loyalty of our alumni, faculty, staff, and community, and the commitment we share to advancing Butler’s mission of providing the highest quality liberal...
New Endowment at Purdue University Northwest
A newly-established endowment at Purdue University Northwest will support nursing students facing financial uncertainty. The Robert Winstown Milos endowment will support nursing students in good academic standing who are facing sudden financial emergencies that may interrupt their studies. Milos made an initial $50,0000 gift and hopes more people will contribute and grow the fund.
Infosys Continues Pathfinders Institute in Bloomington
Educators from throughout the country have been in Bloomington this week for professional development in computer science. Infosys Foundation USA, the nonprofit arm of India-based Infosys (NYSE: INFY), says its second annual Pathfinders Summer Institute on the Indiana University campus is part of an ongoing effort to boost computer science education in schools nationwide. More than 400 teachers have spent the week in Bloomington and Infosys President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer...
Butler Adds Old National Bank Chairman
Butler University's Lacy School of Business has added Old National Bank Chairman Bob Jones as a senior advisor of ethical leadership. Jones will be a member of the school's leadership team and will also mentor students, faculty and staff. Jones served as Old National Bank's Chief Executive from 2004 until May and is now serving as chairman till January 2020.
Crave Food Hall Coming to Purdue
An 8,000 square-foot food hall will open next month on the first floor of the Aspire at Discovery Park apartment complex on the west side of the Purdue University campus.The university says Crave Food Hall will feature nine vendor stalls offering coffee, gelato, pizza, burgers and more. The space will also be highlighted by Kevin Sbraga, winner of "Top Chef" season 7, who is opening Sonny & Son's Hot Chicken in the new space.
Two Indiana Teachers Eligible for $1M Prize
Two Hoosier high school skilled trade teachers are among 50 from across the country named as semifinalists for the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. The teachers and their school's trade programs are eligible for a share of $1 million in total cash awards.
New Director Chosen for Regenstrief Institute
A new director has been chosen to lead the Indiana University Center for Aging Research at the Regenstrief Institute. Susan Hickman will be only the second director in the center's history. She is a clinical geropsychologist focused on older adults and their quality of life.
Purdue Among 'Top Colleges That Pay Off'
With the ever-increasing cost of higher education, college students and their parents want to ensure they’re getting a good value for that diploma. A new report from CNBC seems to indicate that students who choose Purdue University will indeed get a return on their investment, especially those who choose engineering.
German American Bank Funds UE Baseball Improvements
The home of the University of Evansville baseball team will undergo renovations after a financial commitment from German American Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: GABC). The Jasper-based bank's funding will result in a new name for the university's baseball stadium: German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium.
Elevate Ventures Launches Pitch Competition Program
Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures has launched a pitch competition program targeting entrepreneurs and higher education institutions throughout the state. The organization says the goal of Elevate Nexus is to "nurture Indiana companies and jobs of tomorrow." Led by Jacob Schpok, entrepreneur-in-residence and executive director of university initiatives, Elevate Nexus will organize pitch competitions and guide colleges and universities with best practices as they work...
Trine University Receives Gift
The Auburn-based James Foundation is pledging to help with an expansion on the campus of Trine University. The foundation has pledged $1.5 million toward the expansion of Fawick Hall, which is home for several of the university's engineering departments. The expansion will add space and materials for many programs, including biomedical, chemical, civil and design engineering technology.
Water Utility Mapping Startup Receives Funding
A digital mapping startup has received a significant investment from the Indiana University Philanthropic Venture Fund. The fund has invested $250,000 in Bloomington-based Ziptility. The startup uses digital mapping technology to help utility workers maintain buried infrastructure.
Indiana State University Sees Uptick in Fundraising
Fundraising for Indiana State University has increased 40-percent for fiscal year 2018-2019. The Division of University Advancement raised $8,885,724 for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The fundraising includes cash gifts, in-kind gifts, pledges and planned gifts, which amounts to a $2.5 million increase over last fiscal year. The number of donors also increased by 16-percent with 7,582 contributors.
Study: College Completion Rates Continue to Rise
A new report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education says the percentage of students graduating from public colleges throughout the state is on the rise. The 2019 College Completion Report says more than 40 percent of students graduated on-time, up 2 percent from the previous year and nearly 13 percent over the last five years.
Teacher Compensation Commission Launches Input Sessions
Governor Eric Holcomb has announced the Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission will hold input sessions as part of his effort to make teacher pay competitive with surrounding states. Holcomb's office says the commission and advisory council, which includes education and business leaders, has been created to develop a plan to achieve competitive compensation for teachers. The commission will voice the recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly prior to...
Purdue Approves Update to Gateway Project
The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved an updated schedule and plans for the construction of the Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway on the West Lafayette campus. The project will replace the current Nuclear Engineering Building and Michael Golden Laboratories with a new facility to serve both the College of Engineering and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. The board also gave approval to plan, finance, construct and award contracts for the updated project.
IDOE Recognizes School Counseling Programs
Eleven Indiana schools have been recognized by the American School Counselor Program Association for implementing comprehensive counseling programs. The schools were honored during ASCA's conference in Boston, MA, where the schools also received the Recognized ASCA Model Program designation.
Purdue Lands Federal Grant for Cybersecurity Program
During his visit to the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced a $12 million award to Purdue Polytechnic Institute. The funding will be used to develop a program to help fill what the university says is a growing need for cybersecurity professionals.
Muncie Community Schools Hires CEO
Muncie Community Schools has a new director of public education and chief executive officer. The Board of Trustees approved Lee Ann Kwiatkowski for the position, which she will begin on July 11. Kwiatkowski has over 35 years experience in Indiana public education, including 18 years as a teacher and also as senior education advisor to Governor Eric Holcomb.
IDOE Announces Language Grant Recipients
The Indiana Department of Education has announced the grant recipients of the Indiana Dual Language Immersion Program. The DLI Program provides funding to school corporations that implement or expand dual language immersion programs in Mandarin, Spanish, French, or other IDOE-approved languages.
IUPUI School of Science Receives Gift
A $1.5 million gift from Betsy Fife will benefit the School of Science at IUPUI. The gift will endow a chemistry department chair in honor of Fife's late husband, Wilmer Fife. The planned gift will help support the endowed chair in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology to help recruiting, retaining and honoring a faculty member. The gift also counts toward the For All: Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.
DePauw to Host High School Ethics Bowl
Groups of students from throughout the country are in Greencastle this week for the Summer High School Ethics Bowl Invitational. The three-day event, being held at the Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University, features a debate-style competition focusing on contemporary moral problems.
Former Board Chair Commits $5M to Butler
Craig and Mary Stover-Fenneman have made a $5 million gift to their alma mater, Butler University, to help expand and renovate the university's science complex. The commitment will also support the construction of the new Andre B. Lacy School of Business, the Craig Fenneman Endowed Scholarship and future university priorities.
Purdue Center to Grow Software Programming Collaboration
Purdue University has launched a new center focused on combining research in the construction of computer software. The Purdue Center for Programming Principles and Software Systems will create collaboration among researchers from the university's Department of Computer Science and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The university says the center aims to connect fundamental research in programming languages and software engineering with domains including...
Taylor University President to Resign
The president of Taylor University is stepping down. The university's board of trustees says Paul Lowell Haines has resigned from the position and will leave the Upland campus August 15. A specific reason for Haines' resignation was not given, however the Board Chair Paige Cunningham noted the move was "neither solicited nor encouraged" by the board. Haines graduated from Taylor in 1975. He later held various positions at the university including vice president for...
UIndy to Host Guitar Foundation Convention
The single largest classical guitar event in the world is coming to the University of Indianapolis next year. The university will host the six-day Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competition in June. The convention will feature hundreds of classical guitar masters and enthusiasts from across the globe.
Fairbanks Foundation Grants Funding to Marian University
Marian University's Klipsch Educators College is set to receive $900,000 over a three-year period from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The funding will help with operating costs of Klipsch College's New Teacher Preparation Program, which will receive installments of $400,000, $300,000 and $200,000 through 2021. Fairbanks has awarded over $2.6M to the Klipsch College since 2016.
Johnson Named IPS Superintendent
Indianapolis Public Schools has announced Aleesia Johnson will become the district's next superintendent. Johnson has served in the role on an interim basis since January following the resignation of former superintendent Lewis Ferebee. Johnson is the first African-American woman to serve as superintendent of IPS. The district's Board of School Commissioners cited Johnson's work over the past six months, including the creation of the Family and Community Engagement Team...
Bethel University Names New Vice President
Bethel University has named Jerry White as vice president for administration & fiance and chief financial officer. White will assume his new role on August 19. The veteran of business and finance for higher education has also held vice president roles at Albion College and Spring Arbor University, along with a controller position at Huntington University. He most recently served as chief operations officer at Culver Academics.
Holcomb Names First '21st Century Talent Region'
Governor Eric Holcomb has officially named northeast Indiana the first 21st Century Talent Region. The program encourages communities to work with businesses, schools and workforce organizations to enact a plan to boost educational attainment, income and population in a region. Specific goals include hitting a population of one million, increasing post-secondary education and credential attainment to more than 60 percent and raising per capita personal income to at least...
Settlement Provides Loan Relief For Former ITT Students
Attorney General Curtis Hill's office says it has secured a deal for $5.4 million in debt relief for more than 600 former ITT Tech students in Indiana. The agreement is part of a $168 million multistate settlement involving more than 22,000 former students of the former for-profit college shut down operations in 2016. The school had faced high-profile troubles for years. The Consumer Financial Protection Agency in 2014 filed a suit claiming ITT participated in predatory lending...
Purdue Global, Trilogy Health Form Partnership
Purdue University Global is teaming up with Trilogy Health Services to provide an education employee benefit program. Trilogy employees will be able to seek any degree of their choice at no cost to them. Purdue Global students also may accelerate their progress toward a degree by receiving credit for prior work and training experiences.
UIndy and Ivy Tech Enter Credit Transfer Agreement
The University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College have signed a credit transfer agreement to make it easier for students to earn a bachelor's degree. Students will be able to freely move from the Associate of Science in Business Administration curriculum at Ivy Tech to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration accelerated adult program at the University of Indianapolis.
Academy Targets ‘Red Hot’ Cyber Job Market
The founder of Fishers-based Eleven Fifty Academy believes two new course offerings can help fill a growing cybersecurity job market in Indiana and he plans on rolling out the curriculum in markets statewide. Scott Jones says the full and part-time courses, which feature a “cyber range” to give students hands on experience, are the first of their kind in Indiana. "We teach it in twelve weeks and you come out with two industry certifications that virtually...
Education Groups Partner on Tech Apprenticeships
Indianapolis-based EduSource and Crossroads Education are teaming up in an effort to fill the talent pipeline in Indiana's tech sector. EduSource has acquired an DEVshop apprenticeship program from Crossroads, which it says makes it the only Indy company offering an apprenticeship approach to training Indiana residents to work in software and data analytics fields. As a result of the deal, Crossroads founder Kevin Berkopes has joined EduSource as co-owner and chief scientific officer....
Purdue Board Approves Tuition Freeze, Construction
The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the previously-announced tuition freeze for the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years, as well as the university's 2020 operating budget. Purdue says the total cost of attending the university's West Lafayette campus will continue to be less than it was in 2012. The board also approved the fee schedule for both years with general fees being held steady, except for flight program fees. Two major construction projects also received approval...
Ball State Approves Tuition Hike, New College Name
The Ball State University Board of Trustees has approved an increase in undergraduate tuition rates for the next two academic years. The university says the increase, which amounts to 1.25 percent each year, keeps Ball State with the lowest tuition in the Mid-American Conference.
Minar Touts Science Center Ahead of Stepping Down
As Franklin College President Thomas Minar prepares to step down at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, he says the school is well-prepared to leverage its science heritage well into the future. During an interview on Inside INdiana Business With Gerry Dick, he says the school's new $17 million Health Science Center features "the most modern science facilities imaginable." Minar, who has been the school's president since July 2015, says a fundraising campaigning topping...
Butler Approves 'Significant And Historic' Project
Butler University's board of trustees have approved what the school calls the largest-ever investment in its future. The $100 million renovation and expansion effort will create a new sciences complex with high-tech classrooms, labs and work spaces. The project will begin with the creation of a connector building linking Gallahue Hall and the Holcomb Building. Butler expects to begin Phases I and II of the project soon, with a planned 18-month timeline.
Franklin College President to Step Down
Franklin College has announced President Thomas Minar will step down at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Minar notified the college's Board of Trustees of his decision Wednesday, saying he is "looking at distinct possibilities for the future." Minar became the college's 16th president in July 2015 after serving as vice president for development and alumni relations at American University in Washington D.C. James Due, chairman of the Franklin College Board of Trustees...
Purdue Names New Executive Vice President
Purdue University has named Theresa Mayer as the university's next executive vice president for research and partnerships. Mayer assumes her role on August 1 and succeeds Suresh Garimellla, who will become president at the University of Vermont. Mayer is currently vice president for research and innovation at Virginia Tech.
IU Northwest Offers New Master's Degree
Indiana University Northwest has opened registration for their new master's degree program in computer information systems. Students interested in systems analysis, computer science, data mining and more will start the program in the fall of 2019. The program also will prepare students for doctoral degrees in computer science or informatics.
Purdue Holding Furniture Liquidation Sale
Purdue University Surplus will host a three-day liquidation sale With the upcoming Purdue Memorial Union Club hotel renovation, Purdue University Surplus will host a public, three-day furniture liquidation sale. The sale will take place onsite at the hotel, 101 N. Grant Street, on June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and June 10-11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Butler Receives Gift from FirstPerson Founder
Butler University has received a gift to be used toward construction of the new Andre B. Lacy School of Business building opening in August. FirstPerson Founder and Chief Executive Officer Bryan Brenner and his wife Elaine made the gift of $250,000, which will culminate in the Career Development Interview Suite in the new building to be named the FirstPerson Interview Suite in honor of the consulting company founded in 1998.
Purdue Northwest to Offer Banking Concentration
Purdue University Northwest’s College of Business will launch a new banking concentration for undergraduate students majoring in Finance beginning in the fall. The new concentration is being offered through a partnership with the Indiana Bankers Association, which is the first of its kind in Indiana. The IBA made a $135,000 donation which supports a three-year program beginning in the fall.
Elevate Purdue Foundry Awards Investments
Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund has announced $80,000 in investment funding to four Purdue University-affiliated startups. The startups have been selected to receive tier-one "Black Award" investments of $20,000 each. They are Covert Defenses, BDYWR, Rogo Ag LLC and C2 Medical Robotics Inc. Covert Defenses develops technology to prevent computer attacks on systems such as a nuclear reactor or power plant.
IU Board to Hold Public Hearing on Tuition
The Indiana University Board of Trustees will Wednesday hold a public hearing in Indianapolis on tuition and fees for the next two academic years. The university says a recommended increase would support academic programs at every IU campus throughout the state.
DNR Wants Input on Historic Sites
Indiana's Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology is conducting an online survey to gather input regarding upcoming projects and initiatives. The department says feedback will help ensure preservation programs, staff resources and federal funding will meet the needs of Indiana communities.