Ball State University

The board of the chronically failing Hoosier Academies Virtual School voted Tuesday not to seek renewal of their charter, a decision that will cause the school of 2,000 students to close in June.

John Marske, Hoosier Academies board president, told WFYI News in an email Wednesday that the school had until Oct. 1 to submit a renewal application.

A new study from Ball State University underscores how higher education can boost wages – especially in certain parts of the state.

Its author, at the Center for Business and Economic Researcher, says the study suggests poorer counties have lots to gain from regional educational partnerships.

Graduate researcher Nathan Law found that since the recession, it’s been easier for Hoosiers with at least a bachelor’s degree to find full-time work.

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A Ball State University economic forecast says the United States has fully recovered from the Great Recession and growth is coming.  The annual prediction also shows slow growth in Indiana, especially in the state’s manufacturing sector.

Ball State economist Michael Hicks predicts the national economy will grow by 2.1 percent next year.  Compared to other national forecasts, that’s conservative – some predict up to 2.4 percent growth.

Study: Odds Of Indiana Deer-Car Crashes Increasing

Sep 20, 2016
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The odds of colliding with a deer while driving in Indiana are increasing, according to a study conducted by State Farm Insurance.

In 2016, State Farm says Indiana drivers are 5-percent more likely to collide with a deer than they were last year. The data is based on claims data from the insurance company.

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Two Indiana laws intended to prevent failing charter schools from escaping closure or accountability through finding another sponsor could face their first test soon.

Thea Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary, one of the state’s oldest charter schools, is set to lose its charter this summer after sponsor Ball State University declined to renew it -- citing an ongoing lack of governance and fiscal concerns.

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Board of Trustee members at Ball State University say a search for the school’s new president could take well into the next academic year.

Ball State Trustee Chairman Rick Hall says the Muncie school will not speed the presidential search process so that a new leader could start when the academic year does in August.

“We’re going to move methodically and thoughtfully forward, but we’re also not going to let time pressure us into a decision that we don’t feel 100 percent comfortable with,” says Hall. “Because Ball State University deserves the very best person.”

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Two Ball State University Board of Trustee members have resigned from the school’s governing board before their appointed terms were up.  The school has known about the resignations since December.

Two of the nine trustees – Frank Hancock and Marianne Glick – submitted resignation letters to Indiana Governor Mike Pence in mid-December.  The governor appoints trustees to all public university boards for four-year terms.  Both Hancock and Glick’s appointed terms were to end in 2017.

Ball State President Abruptly Resigns

Jan 25, 2016
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Ball State University has announced the school’s president, Paul Ferguson, is resigning. 

In an email to employees Monday afternoon, the Ball State Board of Trustees says Paul Ferguson has submitted his resignation to the university.  He will take a two-month sabbatical leave immediately and his resignation will be official after that.

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A Ball State University economist predicts the U.S. economy will grow about 2.2-percent next year. 

The annual forecast is lower than in previous years, but this year’s predictions take into account the inherent trouble with forecasts.

Last year, Ball State economist Michael Hicks predicted the U.S. would grow its gross domestic product – or GDP – by around 2.7-percent.  So did many others. 

Indiana Schools Hope Iran Nuclear Deal Helps Their Programs

Aug 4, 2015
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While Congress debates the proposed nuclear agreement between the US and Iran, some officials at Indiana universities are working to strengthen ties with the Middle Eastern country for the future benefit of students. 

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Iran was sending more than 50,000 students a year to American universities before that country’s 1979 revolution. 

Now, there are about 10,000 a year -- including at universities like Ball State in Muncie.

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