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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.

Ball State Artwork Now Party To Smuggling Investigation

Jul 20, 2015
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A piece of art at a Ball State University museum is now involved in a controversial international theft investigation. The bronze sculpture is more than 1,000 years old and depicts the Hindu god Shiva and his bride, Parvati, the Hindu goddess of love.

But the U.S. Justice Department alleges the dealer, Subhash Kapoor, is one of the world‘s top art smugglers and temple raiders. He is currently targeted by a Justice Department investigation. Ball State Museum Director Robert La France says he’s already talked with federal authorities, but can't say much about the investigation.

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Ball State University – one of only a few charter school authorizers in the state – says it’s tightening requirements for prospective operators and saying no to more applications.

Ball State‘s charter schools have been watched closely since a report more than two years ago said many of them were continuing to receive sponsorships despite being outperformed by traditional public schools.

FCC To Vote On Subsidies For Broadband Service

Jun 9, 2015
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The Federal Communications Commission will vote this month on a plan to provide federal subsidies for high-speed internet access.

The proposal from FCC chairman Tom Wheeler would expand the Lifeline program that was created under President Reagan‘s administration in 1985, a program that provides monthly subsidies for low-income Americans to help them obtain home telephone service.

Purdue RFRA Response Differs From Other Colleges

Apr 1, 2015

More than half a dozen university presidents have penned open letters opposing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA.

“I had been watching the law develop and its repercussions over a couple days and I felt personally very strong about it," says DePauw University President Brian Casey. Like most, Casey's letter is personal – addressed as much from the administrator as from the university.

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It’s been more than a month since the personal information of 80 million Anthem insurance customers was compromised in a data breach.  Since then, people have been watching their credit information.

But it’s also tax season… and Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports that employees at Indiana universities -- many of whom are insured by Anthem -- say they’re rushing to file taxes before identity thieves file in their names.

New Study Questions Effectiveness Of TIF Districts

Feb 3, 2015
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Mayors and city leaders boast about their economic benefits, but a new study says TIF Districts may not be all they're touted to be. 

Ball State University Economist Dr. Mike Hicks says "TIF" refers to "Tax Increment Financing." Cities often set up special TIF "districts" where businesses locate and expand.  Then the city captures the increased property tax value of those areas for alternative purposes not usually associated with the city budget.