Colleges and Universities

UPDATE: Presidential debate interest renewed at Purdue

April 28, 2014
Associated Press
The appointment of Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to the Commission on Presidential Debates raises the question of whether the university would bid to host one of the debates for the 2016 race.
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Ball State challenges ruling on transcripts

April 27, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State University is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to hear its challenge of a court ruling that would require it to release transcripts of students who leave the school with unpaid tuition.
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Northwestern players to cast historic union vote

April 25, 2014
Associated Press
Northwestern University's football players will cast ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes — a potentially landmark vote for college sports.
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Plan approved for wind farm; Purdue to do research

April 24, 2014
Associated Press
Zoning officials have approved scaled-back plans for a northern Indiana wind farm where Purdue University researchers plan to study the impact of the towering turbines.
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NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

April 24, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA's board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation's biggest schools more autonomy.
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NCAA president seeking big changes, quickly

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for major-conference college athletes — regardless of whether a players union is pushing for them.
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Late biologist's estate gives $4.2 million to IU

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
IU said the gifts from the Carlos O. Miller estate now total nearly $5.5 million and fund a faculty chair and a student fellowship.
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IU research-to-market center plans move to Wishard

April 14, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. wants to sell its existing Innovation Center building in downtown Indianapolis and move into the former Wishard Memorial Hospital on the edge of the IUPUI campus.
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Downtown Evansville picked for new IU med school

April 11, 2014
Associated Press
Evansville officials had pushed the location covering nearly six city blocks as a key for downtown redevelopment. The center that could draw some 2,000 health care students.
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Hanover College president announces retirement

April 11, 2014
Associated Press
Sue DeWine became the 15th president in Hanover College history in 2007. She plans to retire in June 2015.
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NCAA's Emmert: Unionization 'grossly inappropriate'

April 7, 2014
Associated Press
President Mark Emmert said Sunday that the NCAA wants to allow the big conferences with moneymaking teams to write their own rules, and those changes could solve many athletes' complaints more effectively than unionization.
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Private colleges may be among first to see fallout from NLRB ruling

April 5, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
A March 26 decision by the National Labor Relations Board to let football players at Northwestern University unionize could trigger a tidal wave of changes across college athletics, including in Indiana, and for the NCAA itself.
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Big money under close scrutiny at NCAA Final Four

April 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
Kentucky's coaching staff will reap an extra $736,000 if the team wins the NCAA basketball tournament. Meanwhile, players are being asked by security to remove labels from water bottles at practice to avoid conflicts with a sponsorship agreement.
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Ball State down to five presidential finalists

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
The new president will replace Jo Ann Gora, who plans to retire in June after 10 years leading the 18,000-student university in Muncie.
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Purdue loses appeal to shield discrimination report

March 24, 2014
Dave Stafford
An appellate panel had harsh words for Purdue University’s conduct in shielding a report investigating a former chancellor’s complaint of gender discrimination and harassment against former university president France Cordova.
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Butler taps Evansville dean to lead biz school

March 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Stephen Standifird, dean of the Schroeder School of Business at Evansville since 2011, will take over the Butler College of Business on July 1.
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Ball State prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State University officials are preparing to stop burning coal at the campus steam plant as the school pushes ahead with its partial conversion to geothermal energy.
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Ex-Purdue president taking over science foundation

March 14, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Senate this week confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of France Cordova to lead the federal agency that has a $7 billion budget to award grants for scientific research around the country.
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Accrediting agency places Martin University on probation

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
Only 2.6 percent of Martin University's full-time students graduated within four years and its six-year completion rate of 14.3 percent "was also extremely low," the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission said.
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IU philanthropy school dean Tempel to step down

March 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gene Tempel will leave his post as the founding dean of the IU School of Philanthropy in December. The university has begun a national search for his replacement.
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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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UIndy looking for developer for health sciences centerRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
J.K. Wall
UIndy would be the main tenant in the 134,000-square-foot building, which is expected to cost as much as $30 million.
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Anderson University president plans to step down

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
James Edwards plans to leave his position by the end of the 2014-15 academic year. He has served in the role for nearly 25 years and is only the fourth person to hold the office in the school's 97-year history.
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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 moves Franklin campus to central region

February 28, 2014
Associated Press
The shift follows several Ivy Tech consolidations, including those of the Columbus and southeast regions and of the Bloomington and Evansville regions.
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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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