Education & Workforce Development

Indiana workplace deaths rise slightly

August 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The number of Hoosiers who died on the job last year ticked up from the previous year. But the total still represents the second-fewest workplace fatalities since the federal government began tracking the statistic in 1992, the Indiana Department of Labor said today.
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Fast-growing Harrison College hires Trinkle as provost

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Harrison College, formerly Indiana Business College, hired its first provost and chief academic officer as the for-profit educator experiences rapid growth.
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Butler launches search for more moneyRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
J.K. Wall
In five years, Butler University President Bobby Fong wants to vault his school into the top 10 of the nation’s master’s universities—schools that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees but few doctorates.
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Summer program turns teens into entrepreneursRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Eighteen students from Indianapolis’ Haughville neighborhood sold their wares— ranging from caps and sunglasses to purses to home-baked cookies—as part of a summer business-education program for low-income youth.
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IU Trustees elect Fort Wayne doctor president

August 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana University Board of Trustees have elected Fort Wayne surgeon Dr. William Cast to a two-year term as the board's president.
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State picks first virtual charter-school operator

August 6, 2009
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Franklin University hires local dean

August 4, 2009
Franklin University of Ohio hired Michael Szakaly to serve as dean of its new Indianapolis campus, the not-for-profit educator announced today. Szakaly most recently served as the business school dean at Ivy Tech Community College's east-central region, which includes Anderson, Marion and Muncie.
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New Franklin College office to help not-for-profits recruit volunteers

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Franklin College has a new office that helps Johnson County not-for-profits develop Web sites and recruit volunteers. The Nonprofit Resource Center was sparked in part by the lack of volunteer coordination during the summer floods of 2008.
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New higher-ed chief takes aim at dropout rates

August 3, 2009
J.K. Wall
Teresa Lubbers became Indiana commissioner for higher education on July 7 after serving 17 years as a Republican state senator from Indianapolis. She says every Hoosier needs some college-level training. Lubbers got a running start on her new job, having served as chairwoman of the senate education committee for years. She also worked frequently at the commission’s downtown offices during May and June—after her predecessor had left but before the Legislature returned for a special session to pass a budget. Her new staff dubbed her SenComm.
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State unveils $31M tuition-funding program

July 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels failed to get the legislature to bite on his plan to lease out the Hoosier Lottery in order to pay for two-year college scholarships. So he's now he's using $31 million in federal stimulus funds to create a similar program for about 9,000 Hoosiers.
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Dueling Franklins iron out trademark dispute

July 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana-based Franklin College and Ohio-based Franklin University resolved their legal case last night, with Franklin University agreeing to take specific steps in its advertisements to distinguish itself from Franklin College.
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Hoosier Academies leads chase for virtual charter schoolsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Hoosier Academies is the leading candidate to operate a controversial virtual charter school pilot program authorized last month by the Legislature.
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WILLIAMS: IPS needs leadership overhaulRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Brian Williams
The challenges facing Indianapolis Public Schools are daunting. The socioeconomic level of its students and their families, fiscal constraints, and a necessary heightened focus on security issues are just a few, but all contribute to high dropout rates, low academic achievement, achievement gaps between middle-class and low-income children and declining enrollment.
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Florida system considering Ivy Tech president for leadership post

July 10, 2009
Scott Olson
Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder is one of 13 candidates being considered for the position of chancellor of the State University System of Florida.
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Franklin College sues like-named competitor over marketing push

July 6, 2009
J.K. Wall
Franklin College filed a lawsuit today alleging trademark infringement against Ohio-based Franklin University, which will open a campus in Castleton this fall. The liberal arts college south of Indianapolis said the newcomer's marketing blitz has been too close to Franklin College’s own branding.

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KATTERJOHN: Leaders in education primed for successRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Chris Katterjohn
There's reason to believe serious progress is coming, due to the people in leadership positions for the state in three key areas: the Department of Education, the Commission for Higher Education and Ivy Tech Community College.
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Below-average test scores raise questions about elementary teachers, collegesRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
Students going into and out of Indiana's teacher education programs tend to score below average on standardized test scores. And national data indicate the gap is entirely attributable to those headed into elementary education.
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Law grants teachers immunity from civil suitsRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Scott Olson
Educators widely support a new state law that gives teachers immunity from civil lawsuits for trying to discipline students. But opponents of corporal punishment are giving it a frosty reception, fearing Indiana students could be subjected to more paddling without legal recourse.
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KINDELSPERGER: Historical advantages of endowments dive with marketRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Kris Kindelsperger
Life has changed in higher education and changed very rapidly. The value of most endowments, just like our portfolios and 401(k)s, has plummeted. Today, institutions with the strongest bottom lines are likely to be those with strong management and business plans that work in today's economy.
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IUPUI pumps up sports journalism assetsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
The Associated Press Sports Editors, the nation's largest professional sports journalism organization, is establishing its headquarters at Indiana University's new National Sports Journalism Center.
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Led by educators instead of investment specialists, state teachers fund fell into $67M holeRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
J.K. Wall
The people overseeing the Indiana State Teachers Association Insurance Trust had no background in investments or insurance, likely leaving them ill-equipped to grasp the ever-larger amounts of complicated investments the trust was buying.
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Pay for diplomas is smart incentiveRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Incentives have long been used as an effective tool in business to improve employee performance. But can a concept that helps companies motivate workers also work in public education?
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'Fellows' make career change to teaching math and scienceRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
A new scholarship to promote teaching math and science in "high-need" schools was awarded to . 59 recipients, and most of them are changing professions to become teachers.
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NFP of NOTE: School on Wheels Corp.

May 18, 2009
School on Wheels provides a continuum of academic care for homeless children by tackling one of the leading causes of homelessness: lack of education.
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Velodrome plans in limboRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
While the Marian College cycling team has been off this month hunting national championships in Colorado, a plan by school officials to manage the Major Taylor Velodrome has not yet won support from Indy Parks.
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