College degrees

Feds' ITT lawsuit built on reports from mystery shoppers

March 8, 2014
J.K. Wall
The shoppers, who were hired by the Carmel-based operator of for-profit colleges, generated the bulk of the material cited in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s complaint.
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Ivy Tech seeking millions to churn out more degrees

March 1, 2014
J.K. Wall
State leaders want twice as many Hoosiers earning post-high-school credentials by 2025 as there are today. And the only realistic way for the state to get there is for Indianapolis-based Ivy Tech to double its enrollment and double its graduation rates.
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Ivy Tech to debut new academic model in 2014

December 15, 2013
Associated Press
Ivy Tech Community College is moving to an automated system to advise students about what classes they need each semester and eliminating their ability to enroll as "undecided."
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Endowment pledges $63M toward fight against brain drain

December 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Lilly Endowment will give nearly $63 million in grants to 39 Indiana colleges and universities to boost job prospects for their graduates, pushing the endowment's anti-brain-drain campaign to $120 million over the past decade.
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Lumina initiative aims to boost college grad ranks

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation's overall goal is to raise the percentage of Americans with college degrees from 38 percent to 60 percent by 2025.
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Study: IU, Purdue rank best in return on investmentRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
J.K. Wall
Big budgets used to rule in college rankings. But that could be changing. A new report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education is the latest effort among several nationally to score universities on their bang for the buck.
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Record number of foreign students hit U.S., Indiana

November 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Purdue finished second in international enrollment among public universities, with 9,509 students in the 2012-13 academic year. IU finished 13th, with 6,547.
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Kelley School expands executive degree programs

August 26, 2013
Bloomberg News
Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business is expanding its certificate programs for executives, combining noncredit webinars, for-credit certificates, and graduate degrees into a single educational program, mostly for corporate clients.
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HETRICK: One-size higher-ed funding formulas do not fit all students

April 20, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
Graduating college in four years isn't always the ideal scenario.
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DeVoe gift helps Indiana Wesleyan create business school

April 8, 2013
The $5 million donation from the family of late Indianapolis businessman James F. DeVoe will help found a new school of business on the university’s Marion campus.
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Factory workers struggling to bounce backRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Dan Human
Thousands of Indiana’s rank-and-file factory workers have seen their earnings lose ground to that of white-collar workers. The gap has grown even as manufacturers expect their assembly-line workers to have more skills and more advanced education.
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IU study: Health majors have best shot at jobs

September 2, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana University study has found that what people studied in college had a direct effect on their chances of employment during the Great Recession.
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Lumina betting $10M on startupsRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation, one of the nation’s largest donors to education groups, has given $10 million to a venture capital firm to fund for-profit startups with ideas to meet the nation’s education challenges.
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Purdue seeks new revenue with online-education initiative

May 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
Purdue HUB-U, which will be funded with $2 million over its first four years, is similar to an initiative announced May 2 by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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For-profit university eyes College Park office space

May 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
South Dakota-based National American University wants to turn 35,000 square feet on the second floor of a building in the College Park office complex into its latest campus.
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Indiana panel sets new college degree goals

March 28, 2012
Associated Press
The resolution looks to increase on-time graduation rates at both two- and four-year campuses and double the number of college graduates produced in the state by 2025. The plan also aims to have 60 percent of Indiana adults with college degrees by 2025.
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University education schools inflate grades, critics chargeRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Nearly four of five students received A's in Indiana University education classes in 2010-2011, but education deans at IU and other universities say grading is approached differently than in other schools, such as math.
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IU to offer tuition discount for summer classes

October 24, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana University will cut tuition for undergraduates enrolled in summer classes to make college more affordable and decrease the amount of time needed to earn a degree, President Michael McRobbie said Monday.
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For-profit education firm denies lawsuit charges

October 5, 2011
Associated Press
Education Management Corp., which operates two schools in Indianapolis, has asked a judge to throw out a Department of Justice lawsuit that claims it used improper sales tactics to lure unqualified students and the billions of dollars in financial aid they bring.
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Report: Completion rates woefully low at public colleges

September 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
Of every 100 Hoosiers who enter two- or four-year public colleges in Indiana, only 39 graduate, even when given four years to complete a two-year degree and eight years to complete a four-year degree.
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Harrison, Conexus create logistics degree program

August 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
The associate's programs will begin in September for students at Harrison College, a for-profit school formerly known as Indiana Business College.
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High schools still track students after graduationRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Even after 45 seniors from Indianapolis Metropolitan High School grabbed their diplomas and threw their mortar boards at a June 4 commencement, they knew they wouldn’t lose touch with their school. It’s not allowed at Indy Met.
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Indiana edges toward education guaranteesRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
The state is moving to adopt a system that ensures more high school graduates can perform in college or on the job.
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Online education college moving to Indianapolis

June 7, 2011
American College of Education, once affiliated with DePaul University, is moving its main campus from Chicago to Indianapolis and expects to create up to 40 jobs by 2014. Hiring will begin once the move is complete in August.
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Budget cuts will limit Indiana inmate education

May 29, 2011
Associated Press
ndiana lawmakers' decision to cut off grants to state prison inmates attending college could make it harder for prisoners to find employment when they're released, supporters of the program fear.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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