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Should Indiana take Gates' money?

October 26, 2009
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Indiana wants to apply for controversial funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to seek federal education grants.
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Taking Ostrom to Indiana forests

October 13, 2009
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How rich that Elinor Ostrom, the Indiana University professor who won a Nobel prize for economics yesterday, got her nails dirty researching how people in pockets of forests in undeveloped nations allocate their natural resources.
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Steady as he goes at Purdue's Krannert School

October 8, 2009
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As Rick Cosier's tenure as dean of Purdue University's MBA program nears an end, expect the program to continue turning out top "Quant Jock" operations managers--people who relentlessly figure out how to manufacture things better and cheaper.

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IU shines in entrepreneurship

September 1, 2009
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Entrepreneurship has become one of the hottest areas of academic research in business schools. And, by at least one measure, Indiana University churns out the papers as well as any institution in the world.
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Lumina chair Mutz preps for a W downturn

August 31, 2009
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John Mutz, former lieutenant governor and chairman of the Lumina Foundation, is digging in for extended hard times.
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Neurosis and dying: Now you know

August 19, 2009
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Believe it or not, until Purdue University psychologist Daniel Mroczek tackled the question, no one had delved into why people who freak out easily die earlier than mellow folks. Experts have long known that stressed, neurotic folks kick the bucket earlier....
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Elementary smarts

June 24, 2009
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Tony Bennett, the stateâ??s new education chief, has said children who canâ??t read or write before reaching middle school years are all but doomed to struggle through the rest of their academic careers. So, IBJ reporter J.K. Wall notes...
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Merits, demerits of adjunct profs

June 19, 2009
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Ivy Tech Community College canâ??t hire adjunct faculty fast enough to teach its ballooning number of students. The system is scouring locales where its campuses are located for people with masterâ??s degrees who could teach part time: The going...
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Happy, unhappy teachers

May 28, 2009
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Teachers in private schools are happier â?? much happier â?? than their public school counterparts, according to a new study by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. The Indianapolis foundation, created by one of the 20th Centuryâ??s most influential...
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Stressed college grads

May 19, 2009
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A new poll shows college grads are worried about finding jobs â?? no surprise there, considering the sorry state of the economy. But the poll, taken by Edison Media Research, also shows a third of them fretting about their...
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Mass transit potential

April 27, 2009
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For an interesting take on how mass transit could help revitalize Indianapolis, see IBJ reporter Chris Oâ??Malleyâ??s story this week on the topic. Ball State grad students dreamed up several concepts for plunking new rail stations along existing...
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The new education chief

April 22, 2009
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Tony Bennett has been state superintendent of public instruction for just three months, but heâ??s making plenty of waves. Bennett, who replaced longtime chief Suellen Reed after she decided not to run for re-election, has not abandoned his campaign...
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The (your name here) bat

December 4, 2008
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Purdue University is jumping on a trend toward offering naming rights for newly discovered species. The university plans to announce Monday that a bat discovered by one of its researchers can be named for a company, a person â??...
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Grading racism on a curve

November 11, 2008
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An Indiana University committee made the right call yesterday when it recommended leaving the name of a segregationist on an athletics facility, says a Ball State University historian. John Mathew Glen says the committee appropriately recognized contributions of former judge and...
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Scandal singes MBA entry exam

September 11, 2008
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Not everyone who takes the Graduate Management Admission Test, which is required to get into business graduate programs, is honest. The organization that publishes the test, the Graduate Management Admission Council, disclosed yesterday that it has tossed scores of 84...
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Getting Hoosiers through college

September 9, 2008
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The Indiana Commission on Higher Education rolled out an ambitious goal yesterday â?? to increase the number of graduates from state-supported colleges and universities by a third within four years. Indiana isnâ??t plagued by too few high school grads...
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SAT scores stuck below average

August 26, 2008
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This yearâ??s SAT scores are out, and there isnâ??t much to cheer about. Indiana saw math scores improve slightly, but reading and writing scores dropped a few points. All three remain below national averages. Educators say the tests are...
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Vaunted program hits turbulence

August 20, 2008
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Ball State Universityâ??s entrepreneurship program has long been considered one of the stateâ??s crown jewels in business academics. Former funeral director Don Kuratko started the program before entrepreneurship was cool and pushed it to national prominence. Real-world business types like the...
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Is college for everyone?

August 15, 2008
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Parents and teachers for more than a generation have steered students toward college and white-collar work, and few states need the graduates more than Indiana, which has one of the lowest levels of college attainment in the country. Lost in the...
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Back to school in hard times

August 12, 2008
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Colleges and universities tend to see enrollment boom when the economy goes south, and this down cycle appears to be little different. Indiana University, Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Indianapolis all have announced in recent weeks that enrollments...
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Friedman's influence on Indy

July 30, 2008
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As fans of the late Milton Friedman gather at the Conrad Hotel tomorrow night to celebrate the libertarian economist, theyâ??ll have plenty to crow about. Ironically, though, Friedmanâ??s ideas about turning education over to market forces have failed to gain much...
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IUPUI apologizes to janitor

July 14, 2008
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How did we get to the point where someone can be accused of racial harassment for reading a scholarly book about the Ku Klux Klan â?? a book in which the good guys, Notre Dame students, whip the bad guys,...
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Match your wits with an Indian child

July 8, 2008
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Bob Compton has taken a few arrows in the back since he began screening the film he funded, â??2 Million Minutes,â?? last fall. Compton, who was a venture capitalist at CID Equity Partners before striking out on his own to bankroll...
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Depending on a three-legged stool

June 9, 2008
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Economic development experts have long contended that business investment and good jobs gravitate to places where business, government and higher education are on the ball and get along together. If one of the three legs doesnâ??t carry its weight, the other...
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The sum of IU and Purdue

April 25, 2008
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It wasnâ??t so long ago that the thought of Indiana and Purdue universitiesâ?? doing anything of consequence together was a nonstarter. Then they began working on economic development together, and later life science projects. But the person who dreamed up Indianaâ??s first...
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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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