Education & Workforce Development

Blood Center retrenches after losing major clients to Red Cross

August 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Blood Center is set to lose more than one-third of its revenue early next year, as three hospital systems bolt for cheaper prices offered by the American Red Cross.
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Indiana teachers face new standards, revised test

August 30, 2014
Associated Press
With the school year underway, teachers are still scrambling to bring themselves and their students up to speed on the state's new education standards only months before students take a revamped, high-stakes exam assessing their grasp of the new curriculum.
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Hendricks County pitching motorsports skill, expertise to medical manufacturers

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Hendricks County finds pay dirt pitching skills of racing industry to medical device manufacturers.
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PENNY: Collegiate reform could hurt Olympic teamsRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Steve Penny / Special to IBJ
Changes in governance might risk pipeline of athletes in sports that generate little income.
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Researchers delve into brain functionRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
Norm Heikens
Early results of studies show exercise, training help keep mind active later in life.
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Remodelings might await boomers wanting to stay in their homes

June 14, 2014
Norm Heikens
Many homes will be difficult for aging boomers to navigate without changing doors, bathrooms, hallways and kitchens.
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Can Ball State University keep its vibrancy?

May 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
Incoming President Paul W. Ferguson must escape harsh realities to continue the university's impressive gains.
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Credit unions back to normal following unusual 2012 highRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Net income growth among nine big credit unions serving the metro area moderated in 2013 after record earnings for the industry locally and largely across the nation in 2012.
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Indiana college towns lag in snaring startup activityRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Dan Human
Bloomington, Lafayette metro areas are not capitalizing fully on tech transfer from their universities.
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Purdue, Indiana universities churning out more patents, startupsRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Dan Human
Unbelievable as it would have sounded even a few years ago, Purdue and IU now both produce more startup companies annually than most of the schools at the heart of the famed entrepreneurial hubs in Colorado, Utah and North Carolina.
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IU chief visits India for knowledge network

March 20, 2014
Associated Press
President Michael McRobbie and others in a delegation hope to promote research, education, Internet freedom and other interests.
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Southern Indiana school district lowers graduation standard

January 11, 2014
Associated Press
A southern Indiana school system has reduced the number of credits required for a high school diploma for students this year, saying its higher standard put it at a disadvantage with neighboring districts.
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Indiana charter school backers fret about losing movement's edge

January 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
State lawmakers inadvertently made it too easy for poor-performing schools to stay open, some advocates say.
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Educator starts business to simplify teacher ratingsRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Jessica Contrera
Software helps administrators eliminate mountains of paperwork.
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Indiana robotics event aims to boost STEM interest

November 30, 2013
Jessica Contrera
Indianapolis Vex Robotics Competition is designed to buttress science, technology, engineering and math skills.
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Butler University's Danko seeks lasting gains from hoops glory

November 30, 2013
Sam Stall
The new president is seeking to build lasting gains from the school’s 15 minutes of hoops glory.
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Biomass could power 1/3 of Hoosier homes, report saysRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Dan Human
Despite ongoing research, the energy form is still not economical in many cases.
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MCCANN: Energy research evolving to meet massive demandsRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Maureen McCann / Special to IBJ
The days of lone-wolf researchers shouting 'Eureka' are over.
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Purdue makes big push into state's pharma industry

November 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
With a $60 million-plus investment, the university aims to take molecules from discovery to clinical trials.
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Education board members ask Ritz to drop lawsuit

October 28, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Four members of the State Board of Education have asked Superintendent Glenda Ritz to drop a lawsuit she filed accusing them of taking secret, illegal action.
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The brain drain in Indiana is a myth

September 14, 2013
An IBJ analysis of surveys of the nation’s college seniors shows Indiana has less of a brain drain than most other states. Instead, what ails Indiana is the lack of a “brain gain” of educated adults.
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Too few jobs in Indiana for science, tech graduatesRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana’s problem with brain drain is that its business community is too weak to offer enough jobs or high enough pay to keep graduates with the best money-making potential—those with degrees in science, technology, engineering, math and business.
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Indiana State gives permission for company to drill

September 8, 2013
Associated Press
The university in Terre Haute has given permission for Pioneer Oil of Lawrenceville, Ill., to drill on university-owned land.
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State leaders vow transparency post-Bennett

September 8, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's education leaders are learning from the mistakes of former School Superintendent Tony Bennett, starting with their promise to spend more time crafting Indiana's new school grading formula and doing so in the open.
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Indiana 8th-graders best most nations in math, scienceRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
In the same year the Legislature passed a set of sweeping reforms to improve Indiana’s public schools, Indiana’s eighth-graders were scoring No. 7 in the world on an international math test.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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