Education & Workforce Development

Aviation school adds five degree programs: Embry-Riddle considered closing local campusRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Chris O\'malley
One of the nation's most prominent aviation schools is giving Indianapolis another chance. After withstanding a plunge in enrollment, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is adding five degree programs at its center here, with most of them aimed at careers outside the turbulent commercial aviation sector. It also plans to expand beyond its local student base of mostly working adults to court recent high school grads. Though in Indianapolis for 13 years, Embry-Riddle has had all the profile here of a stealth...
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College targets dropouts with new program: Ivy Tech offers high school failures chance to get degree, pursue higher educationRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Chris O\'malley
Ivy Tech Community College this month launched a pilot program that allows high school dropouts to earn their diplomas while simultaneously working toward a certificate or associate's degree in college. Intended to improve the state's labor pool, and as a lifeline to dropouts facing a dismal life in the earnings underclass, it will first be rolled out in Bloomington, Lafayette and Terre Haute. The Indianapolis campus also will offer the program aimed at those 19 or older, although a date...
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Regulator pitches first fee hike in more than a decade: The state Department of Insurance plans to hire 10Restricted Content

January 15, 2007
Tom Murphy
Indiana's thinly funded Insurance Department is pushing to raise nearly $1 million by hiking fees it charges insurers for the first time since 1994. The department also plans to shrink agent licenses from four years to two, in order to raise money and bolster continuing-education requirements. Insurance Commissioner Jim Atterholt hopes to win legislative approval this session for the measures, which would add $960,000 to the department's $5.8 million operating budget and allow it to boost its work force from...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Congress, IRS taking aim at college tax practicesRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Marilee J.
Congress and the IRS have taken a number of significant steps recently to increase their scrutiny of colleges, universities and related organizations. What's the next step? The IRS has already tipped its hand and indicated that it intends to design and initiate unrelated business income tax-or UBIT-inquiries directed toward colleges during 2007 and 2008. This upcoming year will likely usher in a new tax climate focused upon enforcement initiatives and public transparency. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 included several...
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Business elite back alternative high school: Catholic college-prep Cristo Rey puts students to work to earn and learnRestricted Content

January 15, 2007
Chris O\'malley
Every other month, it seems, someone announces another promising alternative to the city's public schools and their low achievement levels and high dropout rates. If it isn't Indianapolis Public Schools announcing another specialty school within a high school, it's a new charter school anointed by Mayor Bart Peterson-a number now approaching 20. So one could be forgiven for being a bit cynical about these schools, as parents who can afford to continue to leave the city for better schools. But...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: Community resolutions for 2007Restricted Content

January 8, 2007
It's a week past the appropriate time to be writing about New Year's resolutions, but from the feel of traffic heading in and out of town during rush hour, it appears a number of folks are still on vacation. I think the vast majority of us are ready now to get back down to business, so I feel justified in my timing. Therefore, be it resolved: Mayor Bart Peterson and Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi should continue to address the...
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Labor sector diversification could spur local economy: $200,000 study targets finance, retail and constructionRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Sexier industry sectors like life sciences or motorsports get all the press. But to remain robust, the Indianapolis Private Industry Council believes, the area economy needs diversification. The 23-year-old work-force-training not-for-profit believes the nine-county area also should target three tried-and-true industries: finance and insurance; retail, hospitality and restaurants; and construction. IPIC, whose $9 million annual budget comes from public and private grants, plans to spend $200,000 during the first quarter studying the three sectors, which collectively employ 270,000 people in...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Investors need to be real about their stockbrokersRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Mark E.
Too many investors view their stockbrokers as "professionals" and not the salesmen they usually are. How do brokers find their customers? Most get their clients from cold-calling or inheriting accounts when fellow brokers leave the firm. Some brokers are adept at finding customers at church, the country club or local service organizations. Compare this point of initial contact to other professionals you deal with. Have you ever been cold-called by a doctor offering you a great deal on that annual...
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STATEHOUSE DISPATCH: Think the state's awash in cash? Think againRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Ed Feigenbaum
Most observers assume there will be a confrontation between House Democrats, led by Speaker Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, and Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels this session. They suggest it's like watching a hockey game and just waiting for a big fight. But confrontation need not be a synonym for breakdown , and while legislative Democrats and Daniels have some different philosophies about the role of government, they also have some basic agreements on just what should be accomplished before the end...
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BRIAN WILLIAMS Commentary: Lottery could help education even moreRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Recently, Gov. Mitch Daniels put forth a proposal to privatize the Hoosier Lottery. As envisioned by the governor, a private contractor would give the state an upfront payment of at least $1 billion and pay the state a guaranteed $200 million per year for the life of the contract. Daniels has proposed two uses for the upfront payment. Dollars would be split between a) scholarships for Indiana high school students attending Indiana universities and colleges and b) funding programs to...
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Business shoved aside: Readers say city should focus on crime, education in 2007Restricted Content

January 1, 2007
Scott Olson
The brutal murders of seven family members, including three children shot dead in their east-side Indianapolis home, cast a dark cloud over the city last summer. Yet the June slayings only served as a harbinger of a wave of violence that later claimed 15 lives in a 10-day span. The crime spree rattled city leaders so severely that Mayor Bart Peterson declared an emergency normally reserved for a natural disaster. 2006 no doubt ranked among the most deadly years in...
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NOTIONS: Skip the big resolution; play New Year's "What if?"Restricted Content

January 1, 2007
Bruce Hetrick
The ball has dropped. The champagne corks have been swept from the floor. And the rose petals have been blown by the breeze down Pasadena Boulevard. And so we begin anew: Another year. Another 12 months. Another 52 weeks. Another 365 days. Another 525,600 minutes. Another chance to live and learn, work and play, grow and love. And blessed with so much time (and it is a blessing), what will you make of yourself, and those dearest to you and...
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Bringing Honda to Greensburg highlights a wild year for Daniels:Restricted Content

January 1, 2007
-Peter Schnitzler
It was a banner economic development year for Gov. Mitch Daniels, topped by the blockbuster Honda auto plant deal. Thanks in part to a second trip to Japan, Daniels landed a $550 million plant for Greensburg in June. Slated to begin production in 2008, the plant is expected to employ more than 2,000 people. Two months earlier, Daniels unveiled "Accelerating Growth," his economic development plan for the state. Its ambitious goal is to boost Hoosiers' per-capita income to the national...
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Beginning lawyers may see salary boost: Experts think big-city pay raises will trickle down hereRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Scott Olson
Starting salaries for young lawyers at the city's largest law firms could be on the cusp of hitting six figures. First-year associates at several top-tier Indianapolis practices currently earn $90,000 a year. But a wage war playing out among firms on both coasts, and in Chicago, might prompt those here to raise the ante as well. "It's just a matter of who blinks first," said Mike McConnell, a former legal consultant who chairs the state's Education Employment Relations Board. "It...
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How far does $1 billion go in the marketplace for superstar students and world-class academics?:Restricted Content

December 25, 2006
-Peter Schnitzler
Gov. Mitch Daniels proposed the Hoosier Lottery lease to fund incentives for higher education. Just how much will $1 billion buy? Daniels wants to put $600 million in a permanent endowment to finance Hoosier Hope Scholarships aimed at retaining the state's top high school graduates. Endowment proceeds, Daniels said, will pay for 1,700 scholarships annually in perpetuity. The program will hand out $5,000 annual scholarships for four-year colleges and $2,500 annual scholarships for two-year degrees. The payouts would be considered...
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SPORTS: Here are two opportunities to help our city's kidsRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Bill Benner
Almost a year ago, IBJ asked me to write a column that placed sports in an educational context. Obviously, I have great passion for the topic, having spent my life writing about sports, those who play the games, and the lessons that can be learned through participation. Sure, there are plentiful examples of excesses, and we certainly just had another in New York's Madison Square Garden. But I maintain those incidents are not reflective of sports as a whole, any...
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VIEWPOINT: Sustained momentum crucial for sessionRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Larry Gigerich
The 2007 Indiana General Assembly session will begin in January. As a result of last month's election, the House of Representatives is now controlled by Democrats, and the Senate is in the hands of Republicans. Regardless of which political party controls which branch of the Legislature, Hoosiers expect collaboration and progress. Indiana has built tremendous momentum in economic development, but more work lies ahead. The momentum must continue into 2007 and beyond. Despite our progress, Indiana must continue to be...
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U of I dean under fire from within departmentRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Chris O'Malley
Two years after Michael Shapiro was hired as dean of the business school at the University of Indianapolis, three current and three former U of I professors have filed a grievance against Shapiro, alleging that he has created a hostile work environment.
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Does gender matter in politics?: Despite high-profile wins, politics still remains a male-dominated fieldRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Julie Young
1992 was dubbed the "Year of the Woman," when four women were elected to the U.S. Senate, but 2006 may be seen as the beginning of a new women's political movement, says Marie Wilson, president of The White House Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group that's working to advance women in political office. Indiana has made some strides, but 85 years after women won the hard-fought right to vote, the number of women in elected office at the national level hasn't...
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Mixing religion, business leads to risks, rewardsRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
Navigating the intersection between creed and commerce can betricky. Fearing lawsuits, many companies prefer to avoid it whenever possible. But others unabashedly intertwine religion and business.
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NOTIONS: Holidays have you anxious? Keep them in contextRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
Just before a month of holidays focused on giving and gratitude, I got sucked into one of those proverbial working-world messes. You know the type: A Lemony Snicketish series of unfortunate events that can put good people at odds with other good people. As I got more and more drawn in, I tensed up, lost sleep, worked late into the night, began anew in the wee hours, and otherwise got distracted from deeds that needed doing, apologies that needed saying...
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Legislators set for full-day push: Everybody seems to want all-day kindergarten, but questions linger over pace of implementation and fundingRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
It's the definition of an issue ripe for bipartisan compromise. Gov. Frank O'Bannon, a Democrat, proposed the state should underwrite full-day kindergarten in public schools. His successor and fellow Democrat, Joe Kernan, supported the idea. And now Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, has taken up the early-education cause. "It's almost universally acknowledged to be a good idea," said Indiana Legislative Insight Publisher Ed Feigenbaum. "It's simply a matter of, 'Where do we come up with the funding?'" According to the...
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ABDUL-HAKIM SHABAZZ Commentary: The war on Christmas is imaginaryRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
With the passing of Thanksgiving, we are now in the official Holiday Season. It means a lot of things to a lot of people, including the "war on Christmas." Yes, it's the time of year when every conservative commentator and organization comes out with the "list" of examples that show America's traditional Christian roots are under attack, and the war against Christmas is living proof. I decided to do a little research. First, most of what we consider Christmas has...
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Bipartisan control will force compromises: With campaigns over, legislators get down to business on new budget, property-tax relief and other issuesRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
In his 2007 legislative preview for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, State Rep. Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, opened with a joke: After a politician's death, he found himself standing before the pearly gates. St. Peter offered the politician a choice of heaven or hell, prefaced by a brief preview of each. During his visit to hell, the politician was surprised to discover all his friends there. What's more, it was a terrific place to be-the most fun and raucous party he'd...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Indiana: a primer for the LegislatureRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Morton Marcus
The General Assembly is organizing itself. This is more difficult than getting fleas to join a union. But I am being disrespectful. My purpose this week is benign. I present for the consideration of our 150 legislators certain facts about Indiana and where it ranks nationally. The data are from the 2005 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. First, let's consider sex. Of the 6.1 million Hoosiers, 50.9 percent are females, which leaves 49.1 percent...
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