Ball State University

Ball State's Tuition Increase Could Make It Pricier Than Purdue

Jun 12, 2019

Ball State University is raising its tuition by a smaller amount than it suggested it might a few weeks ago.  But, as IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, a new fee for online classes could raise that cost significantly for some students.

Ball State University officials proposed a 1.64 percent tuition increase at a public hearing last week, which was just under the non-binding recommendation from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Researchers are seeing more kinds of fish in the Ohio River than they were in the 1960s. A Ball State University study in collaboration with Virginia Tech says part of that may be due to less agricultural land bordering the river and more forests. 

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee. (Zach Herndon/WTIU)
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Indiana’s public universities made their funding requests to Senate legislators Tuesday as that chamber’s budget hearings are underway.

Ball State Will Keep Papa John's Name On Business Program

Aug 3, 2018

Ball State University’s governing board says it will not take the name of the Papa John’s pizza chain founder off a business program at the school.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, several area universities have had to consider actions after something the Ball State alumnus said.

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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