Education & Workforce Development

UPDATE: Teachers union tells Bennett to start over on reform

April 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett invites heads of teachers unions to meeting to publicly share reform ideas instead of "bureaucratic rhetoric and no specifics."
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IUPUI cracks top 10 in MBA program rankings

April 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Kelley School of Business' "Evening MBA" program at IUPUI finished 10th overall and fourth among public business schools in U.S. News & World Report's inaugural ranking of part-time MBA programs.
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Butler's Hayward declares himself eligible for NBA draft

April 14, 2010
Butler University star sophomore Gordon Hayward does not plan to hire an agent, which means he could return to school if he does not like his draft status.
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Study: Ditch reform, add public option

April 14, 2010
J.K. Wall
In poll after poll, calls for repealing the new health insurance law get strong support. But if the law were repealed, an Indiana University survey released this week shows that Americans want a surprising thing in its place: a public option.
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Education stocks rise as reports hint at looser rules

April 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Shares of ITT Educational Services rose 9.6 percent Tuesday, their biggest gain in seven months.
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Purdue secures $15M to expand cancer research building

April 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Stimulus dollars from the National Institutes of Health expected to spark 30 to 40 new research jobs by 2013.
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Ivy Tech gets $4.7M energy grant to retrain 1,500 workers

April 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Federal money will help create programs at community college and Purdue University to offer skills in smart-grid technologies.
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Adjunct instructors organize at IUPUI

April 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
Two problems come with prevalent use of adjunct instructors: a perception that adjuncts reduce the quality of instruction and the adjuncts' frustration with low levels of pay, security and benefits, and appreciation.
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Keeping Stevens key to Butler's fund-raising plans

April 9, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Assuring Stevens stayed in the Bulldogs' kennel is part of a multi-prong plan to grow the Indianapolis school's $11.2 million athletics department budget.
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Bennett demands ISTA support for school reforms

April 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
State superintendent of public instruction says teacher union support imperative to win federal grant.
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Butler locks up Stevens with new contract

April 8, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The 12-year deal signed by men's basketball coach Brad Stevens extends his Butler contract through the 2021-22 season.
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Catholic schools get final OK to become charters

April 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The City-County Council gave its official blessing to two Catholic schools in poor neighborhoods converting into secular charters; they will receive new names by fall.
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Obama, Manning, Letterman help Butler celebrate

April 6, 2010
Associated Press
From the White House to Main Street, the Bulldogs opened eyes and turned heads.
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Butler loses title game, but wins massive publicity

April 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler received so many visits to its main Web site, school officials had to beef up the computer system. School President Bobby Fong is commissioning a study to gauge the value of the publicity earned through the Bulldogs' run to the Final Four.
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Butler victory would mean big payday for school

April 5, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler BookstoreButler is winning the war of merchandise sales, leading the other three schools in the Final Four. A victory tonight, sports marketers said, would increase those sales fivefold.
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Interactive Intelligence taps college to connect with BlackBerryRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
Shortly after Interactive Intelligence Inc. decided two years ago to push beyond its roots in call centers and pitch its communications software to more insurance agents and money managers, the company ran up against a tricky hurdle: the BlackBerry.
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Butler mulling makeover for Hinkle Fieldhouse

April 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Butler University is planning to raise as much as $12 million to modernize Hinkle Fieldhouse, the home of its Bulldogs basketball team.
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State names second virtual charter school

March 31, 2010
J.K. Wall
Rural Community Academy, in Sullivan, south of Terre Haute, can enroll as many as 280 students in the 2010-11 academic year. Those students would do most of their work from home, accessing lectures and school materials via the Internet.
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NCAA puts IUPUI on probation, vacates wins in six sports

March 30, 2010
Associated Press
The NCAA said IUPUI allowed erroneous eligibility certification for 97 student-athletes from 2003-04 through 2006-07, demonstrating a lack of institutional control and a failure to monitor by the university.
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Governor approves new teacher licensing rules

March 30, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels signed the new rules Tuesday, three months after a state panel approved them amid criticism from college educators.
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Junior Achievement CEO awaits results of auditRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jennifer Burk, who took the helm in July, wishes she'd asked more questions when she was a board member.
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Universities spare fund-raisers amid budget cutsRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The IU Foundation recently cut 18 of 201 staff members but nonetheless is looking at adding reinforcements in fund raising.
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Butler benefiting big from basketball run

March 26, 2010
Scott Olson
Besides an immediate bump in apparel sales, the university is expecting a jump in student applications, alumni contributions and season-ticket sales, as well.
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Approval of college-aid overhaul to shake Sallie Mae

March 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The legislation, piggybacked to the health care bill that passed Congress Sunday night, could also mean major job losses for Sallie Mae, which employs about 2,400 people in Indiana, including 1,700 in Fishers.
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ITT 'buying accreditation' strategy makes critics uneasy

March 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
ITT Educational Services and other for-profit educators are buying not-for-profit colleges to gain access to their regional accreditation. The tactic could fuel rapid growth but makes critics uncomfortable.
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