Education & Workforce Development

State high school graduation rates keep rising

January 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
According to data released Friday by the Indiana Department of Education, 81.2 percent of Hoosier high school students scheduled to graduate in 2009 did.
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Board approves revamp of Indiana teacher licensing

January 7, 2010
Associated Press
The new rules are expected spur future teachers to spend more time learning subject matter and less time taking education classes.
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MedTech College bought by private equity firm

January 7, 2010
MedTech, whose flagship campus is located on the city's northeast side, provides degrees in biotechnology and nursing, as well as in other health-care related programs.
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IUPUI dedicates engineering lab funded by Carrier Corp.

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Over the past four years, Carrier has donated $71,000 for the purchase of equipment and software that will allow mechanical engineering students at IUPUI to do more advanced work.
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School foundations step up to pay for programs as funding dries upRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Washington Township Schools Foundation on the north side is among those that wants to raise money for buildings and other high-cost needs.
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NEWSMAKER: Myles Brand led NCAA reforms

December 26, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
President Myles Brand died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He is remembered for firing Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight, but he later became hailed as a reformer as head of the NCAA.
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College cuts will favor some schools over others

December 23, 2009
Associated Press
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education said state colleges and universities need to find new ways to be efficient—without new tuition hikes—to cope with spending cuts ordered by Gov. Mitch Daniels.
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$60M Lilly Endowment grant to fund IU physician research

December 15, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana University, which has received nearly $600 million from the endowment over the last three decades, will leverage the new gift to increase its scientific discoveries and commercialize life science innovations.
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Obama reforms not necessarily dire for Sallie Mae in IndianaRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
The plan to nationalize the federal student loan program threatens to force Sallie Mae to hack its network of 26 offices down to five. Yet the company's Indiana operations have several advantages that could help weather the cuts.
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INDOT using federal funds to improve transportation options near schools

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Safe Routes to School program “aims to influence a new generation of healthy, sustainable travel behavior,” says INDOT.
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University of Indianapolis names new business dean

December 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Sheela Yadav, a supply chain and engineering management expert, has been interim dean since July 2008.
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Indiana University extends president's contract

December 4, 2009
Associated Press
IU trustees have approved a contract extension for school president Michael McRobbie.
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Indiana University launches $10M seed fund

December 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Innovate Indiana Fund will invest $5 million over the next five years to commercialize IU technologies and another $5 million to help IU-affiliated startups get off the ground.
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Ivy Tech offers fast degree for at-risk students

December 4, 2009
Associated Press
Ivy Tech Community College is offering at-risk students a chance to earn an associate's degree in just 10 months instead of two years.
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Ivy Tech names new academic programs chief

December 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Mary Ostrye, 52, will have oversight of 150 different academic programs at Ivy Tech's 23 campuses around the state.
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State sues teachers' union for securities fraud

December 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Secretary of State's securities division says Indiana State Teachers Association can't account for $23 million intended for school districts, requests assets be frozen.
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University of Indianapolis education center receives $7.5 million

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Lilly Endowment Inc. gave another $7.5 million to a team of education experts at the school's Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning.
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Lumina awards $831,000 to state chamber, commission

November 23, 2009
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education announced Monday afternoon that the Lumina Foundation for Education has awarded them $831,000 to help fund an initiative designed to increase the number of college graduates.
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Scott Watanabe looks to transform digital textbooksRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
J.K. Wall
Watanabe, son of the late Eli Lilly and Co. scientist, has hired investment bankers to help raise $10 million for his business, Encompass Media.
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HICKS: Content expertise best basis for teacher licensingRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Mike Hicks
At a time when we are desperate for science and math teachers, and when several big firms are laying off scientists, we should be jumping at the chance to get them into the classroom.
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Voters OK Hamilton Southeastern school-funding tax hike

November 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Voters in the Hamilton Southeastern school district on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bump to their property taxes to provide the growing system an extra $5.5 million in funding each year for the next seven years.
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Indiana voters trending against schools in tax votes

November 7, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana voters seem willing to pay more in property taxes to help school districts cover operating costs. The results of last week's referendums, however, continue the trend against supporting plans for bigger, better schools during tough economic times.
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IUPUI mulling options for old Wishard Hospital siteRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
J.K. Wall
The most obvious use for the old Wishard site is an expansion of the Indiana University School of Medicine, particularly for medical research space, university administrators said.
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Education cuts could be coming, state schools chief says

November 5, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana's school chief warned school superintendents Thursday that declining state revenues could force cuts in public education spending, education officials said.
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Beech Grove school referendum passes, two others fail

November 4, 2009
Voters in Beech Grove on Tuesday endorsed a tax increase to keep school buses operating, while other education-related measures in two Marion County townships failed.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

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  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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