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University Faculty And Staff Reel From Trump's Travel Ban

Jan 30, 2017

For Babak Seradjeh, it’s routine by now – as a celebrated physicist at Indiana University, he travels abroad three or four times a year for work. Last Saturday, the assistant professor, with dual Iranian-Canadian citizenship, was heading to Israel.

“I left my house at 8:30, I took a shuttle to the airport,” Seradjeh says.

An executive order issued by President Donald Trump on Friday halts entry to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries, and has left Indiana colleges and universities scrambling to adjust.

Donnelly To Oppose Betsy DeVos For Ed Secretary

Jan 25, 2017
Joe Donnelly

Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says he will oppose Betsy DeVos -- President Trump’s pick for education secretary.

In a video posted Wednesday, Donnelly says DeVos lacks a commitment to public education. 

Ball State Taps Northern Kentucky Prez To Lead University

Jan 24, 2017
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Ball State University has chosen the current president of Northern Kentucky University to be the Muncie school’s next leader.  

Geoff Mearns was appointed the 17th president of the university that celebrates its centennial year in 2018.

Report: Indiana’s Teacher Evaluation Law Needs Update

Jan 10, 2017

Researchers studying Indiana methods for evaluating teacher performance say districts should develop clearer and more consistent reviews.

As part of an ongoing project to help schools meet a state law that changed teacher evaluations in Indiana, a research group spent the last four years studying how districts measure and deliver feedback to their teachers. The group is based at the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning at Indiana University and led by researches Hardy Murphy and Sandi Cole,

Whose Line Is It? How Improv Helps Children With Autism

Jan 9, 2017
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Indiana Public Broadcasting

Improv theater has a few main rules, such as think quickly and work as a team.

Those lessons have taken improv out of the theater and into corporate trainings and classrooms. 

Now, as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Peter Balonon-Rosen reports, improv is being used to teach social skills to children who have autism.

For children with autism, socializing can be hard. Because it involves things like taking turns.

"And waiting is very very very hard for people with autism and anxiety," says Jann Graff.


Indiana Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb wants to create an appointed secretary of education position. In this file photo, Holcomb appears at a campaign event on Aug. 1, 2016. (Brandon J. Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting)

Indiana Governor-elect Eric Holcomb says changing the state’s top education official into an appointed, not elected, position will be one his top priorities during the 2017 legislative session.

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As expected, the Purdue University Trustees have approved the broad outlines of a plan to realign Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

But unlike the vast majority of the board’s votes, Friday’s was not without its dissenters.

Some trustees worry there isn’t enough detail in the plan, outside of noting which programs are slated for elimination or for a switch from one school’s governance to the other.

Others say they’re concerned the agreement may become a financial drain on Purdue.

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Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

The Purdue Board of Trustees will vote later this week on whether to split Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne into two separate institutions. On Monday, representatives from IU, Purdue and IPFW met in Fort Wayne, along with Senator David Long, to answer some questions from the public.

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A list that claims to document and expose professors who discriminate against conservative students includes three Indiana educators.

It’s the work of Turning Point USA, a nonprofit organization whose website says it seeks out young conservative activists. But spokesman Matt Lamb says it’s a non-partisan group.

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