Education & Workforce Development

Martin professor's ouster sparks student protests

October 27, 2008
Scott Olson
Martin University students upset over the firing of a popular professor are staging protests over the direction the school has taken under new President Algeania Freeman. Freeman in January replaced the Rev. Boniface Hardin, a Benedictine monk who founded the inner-city school 30 years ago. She since has roiled many faculty members and students by letting go employees-many times without reason, they contend-as part of a strategy to cut costs. IBJ reported their concerns in July. But the Oct. 20...
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IU seeking funding to help alleviate doctor shortage: Medical school wants extra $5 million from Legislature to tackle projected shortfall of 1,300 physicians by 2025Restricted Content

October 20, 2008
Scott Olson
An acute physician shortage in Indiana is driving a request for an additional $5 million in annual funding to expand enrollment at the state's only medical school. The Indiana University School of Medicine's Physician Workforce Task Force conducted a study in 2006 that found the state already had 3,500 fewer physicians than it should. Indiana had 12,534 doctors in 2005-a number that remains relatively flat because the medical school churns out the same number of graduates each year. Over the...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Worksite wellness encourages steps to healthier firmRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
Patrick J.
Over the past several years, employers have seen a movement from traditional PPO health plans to consumer-driven health plans, by implementing qualified high-deductible plans such as health savings accounts. This shift has been viewed by most to have initially lowered overall employer and employee cost, but more importantly, it has gotten the employee more involved in their health care choices. Fortunately, consumer-driven health care plans are not the only answer in reducing employer costs. According to the Towers Perrin 2008...
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NOTIONS: The perils and pitfalls of pulling the party leverRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
My sister-in-law is a deputy county prosecutor in Michigan. By all accounts, she's good at her job. But that may not matter. You see, my sisterin-law's boss is up for re-election next month. And because his job is on the line, so is hers. So in addition to her day job, my sister-in-law has been working nights and weekends on the campaign. My sister-in-law is passionate about putting away bad guys. She'd like to keep doing it. But it's not...
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IP law illuminates growing field for women: Increase mirrors rising number of Internet companies and inventionsRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Della Pacheco
But more than a century later, women are protecting more than their own assets-they're increasingly looking out for the intellectual property of business owners large and small. One of the hottest practice groups within law firms today, intellectual property law falls into four basic areas: copyrights, trademarks, patents and publicity rights. With the exception of patent law, which requires a background in science or engineering, no specialized undergraduate degree is required. Gary Roberts, dean and the Gerald L. Bepko professor...
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Bumpy road ahead for truck-driving schools?: Slowing freight and federal standards could hurt prospects and raise costsRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Chris O\'malley
With a driver shortage as bad as the freight industry says, one might think operating a truck-driving school would be a license to print money. But proposed federal rules to toughen training standards and, lately, a fishtailing economy could bring a shakeout among schools. There are even rumblings that a few big carriers that contract with driving schools are poised to eliminate tuition reimbursement as they sweat out the economic downturn. "We're going to start losing schools," predicted John Priest,...
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Clearing up cloudy cases: Growing list of insurers, attorneys turn to television reporter Nicholson to shed light on weather eventsRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Rebecca Berfanger
If someone slips and falls in a parking lot, was it the fault of the property owner because he didn't plow, or was the snow not deep enough in that area to prove a duty to plow? If a child darts in front of a car at dusk, were the conditions at that moment in the day enough for the driver to be able to see the child? Should the driver legally have had his or her headlights on, and...
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PROFILE: HOLLY HART MCKIERNAN: Making higher education more attainable Attorney brings key players together to reach goalsRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Della Pacheco
PROFILE HOLLY HART MCKIERNAN Making higher education more attainable Attorney brings key players together to reach goals When Holly McKiernan was a secondyear law student at Indiana University, she took a seminar course on not-for-profits-and her career path became clear. She wanted a job where she could use her skills as a lawyer in helping charitable and educational organizations. The West Lafayette native had earned a bachelor's degree in communications from DePauw University-magna cum laude-graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1980....
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Firm off to a FAST start: Investors backing company's kidney assessment technologyRestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Scott Olson
FAST Diagnostics quickly is becoming one of the more promising companies in Indiana University's efforts to commercialize its discoveries. Incorporated in November 2006, it is developing a method to measure kidney function faster and more accurately than existing techniques can. While FAST represents speed, the name actually stands for functional assessment and surveillance technology. The fledgling firm so far has attracted more than $4 million from investors, including $2 million from the state's 21st Century Fund. BioCrossroads, Rose Hulman Ventures...
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Education causes attract state foundations' support: Rate of giving outpaces national average 2-to-1Restricted Content

September 29, 2008
Andrea Muirragui
Nearly half the money Indiana foundations gave away in 2005 went to educational organizations-more than twice the rate of such giving nationally, according to a new study from Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy. All told, the state's independent, corporate and community foundations awarded $450 million in grants to support education, 47 percent of the $965 million total. Nationally, about 23 percent of foundation giving goes to education. "My intuition tells me ... foundations are making education a priority as the...
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Orchestrating moves: Firm that specializes in relocating businesses conducting transition of its ownRestricted Content

September 22, 2008
Scott Olson
Moving coordinating company Relocation Strategies Inc. is used to dealing with companies in transition. Now the firm is undergoing one of its own-albeit of a different sort. Relocation Strategies founder David Bayse is relinquishing ownership to partner Melissa Lamb Brown in a purchase agreement set to be completed within the next four years. She already owns a majority of the business and will acquire the rest in stages. In the meantime, Bayse, 57, will continue to guide Brown, 39, who...
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EDITORIAL: Waiting for fallout of Wall Street rout: More regulation in our future?Restricted Content

September 22, 2008
Waiting for fallout of Wall Street rout More regulation in our future? At IBJ deadline, Wall Street was suffering through one of the most tumultuous weeks in its history, and there was no end in sight to the worry consuming investors. The $85 billion Federal Reserve bailout of American International Group Inc. on Sept. 16 did little to shore up markets that had plunged the day before, after Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy and Bank of America rescued Merrill Lynch. The...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: State buildings to go green thanks to executive orderRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Jason Shelley
Green construction projects in Indiana are becoming more the norm than the exception. More office buildings, schools and universities and even residences are being designed and constructed to improve environmental efficiency. And now, new and renovated state buildings will be a whole lot greener, too. Gov. Mitch Daniels signed an executive order this summer establishing the Energy Efficient State Building Initiative, mandating that all new state buildings be designed, constructed and operated for maximum energy efficiency. This is significant for...
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EYE ON THE PIE: What really drives Hoosier economy?Restricted Content

September 15, 2008
Morton Marcus
I enjoy the propaganda of government agencies pleading the causes of special interests. This is the opening sentence of our state profile prepared by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy: "Small businesses are the heart of Indiana's economy." Frequently, we hear that farming is the beating heart of our economy. Others claim the thumping sound we hear is that of manufacturing. Teachers tell us the economy is only as steady as its educational footing. Steel has a claim...
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Green building movement picking up steam in Indiana: More than 100 LEED projects in pipeline statewideRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Scott Olson
The portfolios of local architectural firms are beginning to boast more ecofriendly projects. But it hasn't been that way for long. The trend to seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification is a recent phenomenon that appeals not only to the tree-hugging crowd but corporations and government entities, too. "We're definitely getting to the point where clients are asking us about the LEED process," said Eric Anderson, a project architect at Axis Architecture + Interiors. "Whereas before, even [as...
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Commentary: Can we Bank on Indianapolis?Restricted Content

September 15, 2008
Tawn Parent
Whoa. Those figures, based on national averages from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., don't paint a pretty picture. People without bank accounts tend to keep cash at home or in their pockets, which increases the likelihood of crime. They create a market in which predatory lenders can thrive. They fail to reach their full potential, and so do the cities where they live. We have a problem. Now what can we do about it? We could take a cue from...
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Lilly Endowment crawls toward diversification goal: Bear market, low Lilly stock price slow selloffRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
J.K. Wall
Lilly Endowment Inc. is still on its journey to sell off $2 billion of its Eli Lilly and Co. shares. But after a slow start and a few stops for rest, it may take a little longer to get there than originally thought. The endowment, the single largest holder of Lilly stock, announced its plan to diversify its holdings back in July 2006. For nearly 70 years, the not-for-profit held its wealth almost exclusively in the pharmaceutical company's stock. So...
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Commentary: Worker training program must expandRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Brian Williams
On Sept. 28, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Executive Order 11246. In so doing, he advanced a revolutionary cause by stating clearly that, "It is the policy of the government of the United States to provide equal opportunity in federal employment for all qualified persons, to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color or national origin, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, continuing program in each executive department and agency." The...
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Commentary: Indiana law chases away talentRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Mickey Maurer
The Wellness Community of Central Indiana was established in 1995 as a not-for-profit organization to provide free support, education and hope to individuals and families affected by cancer. At The Wellness Community, cancer patients can share experiences and lend one another encouragement informally or through programs facilitated by professional counselors. The Wellness Community also provides a haven to grieve together in those instances when cancer is the ultimate victor. Today, the folks at The Wellness Community are grieving over a...
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NOTIONS: A pregnant GOP primer on civil liberties: Who decides?Restricted Content

September 8, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
Years ago, I wrote an article about Sheila Suess Kennedy, an Indianapolis author who'd written a book called "What's a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing in the ACLU?" I didn't know Sheila. I didn't know much about the American Civil Liberties Union, either. So I stopped by her office (she directed the organization's Indiana chapter back then) for an education. Sheila, now a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI, explained to...
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Experts: Building boom not over: Big projects wind down, but new ones fill pipelineRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Scott Olson
The completion of $2 billion in city construction projects has left a gaping hole in contractor job schedules-as wide as when the roof opens at Lucas Oil Stadium. Even so, industry leaders remain optimistic about staying busy despite the combination of a tepid economy and the end of a local boom that stretched the limits of the labor pool. The $1.1 billion airport midfield terminal project, the $715 million stadium and $150 million Central Library expansion helped to create so...
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Web site aims to help diversify work force: 70 199 233 220Diversity-One.comgetting push from Radio OneRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
One of the city's largest advertising agencies and a down-state software development firm have brokered a deal with Radio One Indianapolis to launch a Web site that matches minority job seekers with companies looking to diversify their work force. The site, Diversity-One.com, is the product of MZD Advertising and Batesville-based Employment Partners, a firm specializing in Web-based employee and job-search software. The partners in the project wanted a local niche site to compete with national job and employee search portals...
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An unorthodox design: Massive church construction project in Carmel features unique architectureRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Scott Olson
The golden dome that sits atop Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church under construction in Carmel provides a curious sight for those in central Indiana. But what is even more unusual about the massive structure underneath the dome is a Sixth Century Byzantine design like no other in the world. "There's no design like this in history, and it's never been built before," said San Francisco architect Christ [pronounced Chris] Kamages, designer of the church. His CJK Design Group specializes in...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Marriage has some economic consequencesRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Mike Hicks
This month marks my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. And, at the risk of being labeled a hopeless unromantic, I thought I might reflect on some of the economic consequences of marriage. I'll begin with taxes. Until 1969, when my parents celebrated their 11th anniversary, the federal income tax had no marriage penalty. In fact, from its inception in 1913 until then, married couples enjoyed a modest tax advantage (two deductions on the same income provided a small edge over singles)....
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: China, higher education and our economic futureRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Mark Miles
In mid-September, I'll be traveling to China's Liaoning province as part of a delegation led by Indiana State University, hosted by Liaoning University. We'll arrive in the country too late for the Olympics, but we'll be there to talk about another form of global competition-economic development. It's appropriate that the two universities are co-hosting a conference on economic development issues, given the importance of human capital in our economy. It's especially appropriate for China, where higher education has become a...
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