Education & Workforce Development

A&E: Local duo creates sticker shock

April 7, 2008
Lou Harry
Anyone with young kids knows the value of a sticker. Whether a reward for a hissy-fit-free afternoon or a gift from a friendly grocery bagger, a sticker is a deceptively simple object that brings a surprising amount of pleasure. I'll admit, I didn't give stickers a whole lot of thought until I wandered into Alias, the unique Fountain Square gallery created by Dave and Holly Combs. The couple has been obsessed with stickers since spotting-and pondering the implications of-an "Andre...
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Property-tax reform may force cutbacks in urban school districtsRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Many Indiana school districts say they have no choice but to brace for cutbacks in areas like school repairs, computers and transportation thanks to the property tax reform measure approved by the General Assembly and signed by Gov.Mitch Daniels.
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Free-lancing turns into big-time marketing: Mom-and-pop ExaroMed now growing fat with large drug and device clients from across the countryRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
J.K. Wall
Most free-lance writers eke out a living. The most fortunate live comfortable lives. But Mindy Mascaro turned her freelance writing business into a thriving company. Carmel-based ExaroMed LLC is now producing sales and marketing content for the like of Roche Diagnostics, Eli Lilly and Co. and Amgen Inc. It has also served smaller life sciences companies such as Indigo BioSciences Inc. and Cheetah Medical Inc. The company has zoomed from six employees to 20 in the last year. It's already...
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Real-world experience-for real: IUPUI's Global Design Studio lets students tackle projects around the planetRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Scott Olson
New Orleans and Indonesia are worlds apart, yet linked by devastation from catastrophic floodwaters and by the outpouring of empathy that has ensued. An effort launched four years ago on the campus of IUPUI to involve design students in actual construction projects is responsible for a portion of the good will. The Global Design Studio is helping to rebuild areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and, to a lesser extent, the tsunami. Its projects also include renovating a boarding house in...
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Credit-market turmoil casts uncertainty over ITT Educational ServicesRestricted Content

March 24, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
ITT Educational Services Inc. and other for-profit schools are facing a maelstrom of financial threats that analysts say could hurt student recruiting and profit margins--and already has driven stock prices down sharply. ITT shares are off 61 percent since hitting an all-time high of $131.82 in November.
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Foreclosures keep 'em busy: Bankruptcy attorneys, credit counselors seeing surge in clientsRestricted Content

March 24, 2008
Scott Olson
Many consumer bankruptcies typically can be traced to a divorce, job loss or medical issue. Now another perpetrator-subprime mortgages-is entering the fray. The fallout from the housing crisis, coupled with a weakening economy, is contributing to a rise in bankruptcy filings nationwide. They spiked more than 30 percent in January compared with the same time last year, according to the Virginia-based American Bankruptcy Institute. With more than 1 million subprime mortgages due to reset this year, ABI Executive Director Samuel...
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NCAA, NBA forging youth hoops pactRestricted Content

March 17, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Professional and collegiate basketball are on the brink of a landmark agreement that hoops insiders said will change the landscape of the sport in this country. Proponents say it would be good for basketball, but others say it's an attempt to further commercialize the sport.
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EYE ON THE PIE: Governor gets his priorities rightRestricted Content

March 17, 2008
Morton Marcus
Mitch Daniels has done many controversial things as governor. He leased the Indiana Toll Road. He got rid of the state employees' union. He convinced the Legislature to switch to daylight-saving time. He proposed a property tax package that has many popular features. He also has advanced various ideas, some good, and some less good that went nowhere. Now our governor has come forth with the most positive and important initiative of his administration: awards for academic excellence. As Daniels...
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College Summit's goal is more skilled workersRestricted Content

March 10, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Business leaders and educators agree on what's needed to improve Indiana's economic health and enhance its place in the global economy: a larger pool of skilled workers. Toward that end, a group of notfor-profits is expanding a program to get more low-income Indianapolis students to further their education after high school.
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IU follows Purdue lead, overhauls business-development strategyRestricted Content

March 10, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie calls it "Innovate Indiana." His ambition is to corral all of IU's strengths under one new branded initiative to boost the Hoosier economy. Purdue University already has leveraged a similar strategy, promoted with "Go BusinessMakers!" billboards, to national acclaim.
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Commentary: Why are we so afraid of immigration?Restricted Content

March 10, 2008
Brian Williams
Indiana Senate Bill 335 is a poorly crafted public policy that fails to reflect the totality of immigration and the societal and economic issues associated with it. Hispanics are the nation's largest minority group, numbering 47 million. About a quarter of Hispanic adults, roughly 11 million, are unauthorized immigrants. The Pew Hispanic Center estimated Indiana's unauthorized immigrant population at 65,000, roughly 1 percent of the population. In 2004, 93 percent of unauthorized men age 18-64 were in the labor force,...
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SPORTS: Memo to IU: Hire the right people this timeRestricted Content

March 3, 2008
Bill Benner
Deadlines for a weekly publication are tricky. Sometimes when news breaks, you get lucky. Sometimes, you don't. In this case, forgive me if I'm a little late to the parade and-following the elephants with broom and shovel-to the sorry mess involving the men's basketball program at my alma mater, Indiana University. So, to sum up, this is what bothers me most: Everything. And who's to blame? Everyone. It's the culture. It's the media. It's gross mismanagement. It's poor hiring. It's...
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College endowments growing, but so is tuitionRestricted Content

March 3, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Endowments at Indiana colleges and universities are soaring, due in part to impressive investment returns in recent years. The swelling coffers here and across the nation are stoking the debate over whether universities should be using more of their wealth to hold down tuition increases.
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EVERYBODY'S DOING IT: SECONDHAND PROSE: Volume discounts offered at library saleRestricted Content

March 3, 2008
-Marc D.
EVERYBODY'S DOING IT SECONDHAND PROSE Volume discounts offered at library sale Inside Secondhand Prose, a CD of old-timey bluegrass music plays softly as a half-dozen volunteers quietly go about their business. They're emptying bags and boxes, sorting through thousands and thousands of books and stocking shelves in preparation for the Indianapolis-Mar ion County Public Library's next book sale, March 7-9 and 14-15. Six times a year, the library opens up its shop inside the Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian...
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New Black Expo leader focusing on finances: Bell will draw on skills as attorney, community volunteerRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Louis Jones
Less than a month after starting a job she didn't know she wanted, Indiana Black Expo CEO Tanya Bell has big plans for the nation's oldest and largest group of its kind. Bell wants to diversify the statewide organization's revenue stream and expand its already-impressive roster of more than 100 corporate sponsors. Doing that will mean raising awareness of the year-round programs that have been overshadowed by IBE's two signature events: its annual Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic football...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Study exposes unfortunate work-force realitiesRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Mike Hicks
For more than a half-century, we have built complex statistical models to attempt to explain why regions enjoy different levels of prosperity. Virtually every conceivable variable-from ethno-linguistic similarity indexes to existing natural resources to government structures-have been tried, with the models proving enormously successful. One critical insight in this extensive body of research is that human capital-the quality of a labor force-yields the strongest explanation for differences in prosperity. When we apply these models to the United States, the importance...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Primaries and prudence demand attentionRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Morton Marcus
Today-not tomorrow or next week, but now-is the moment to get involved in improving your life and the lives of your family and neighbors. Don't delay. All you need do is both of two simple things. First, find out who is running in the primary election on May 6 for the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate from your district. Yes, the national news media have told us that our Indiana primary may be meaningless. They are referring to the...
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Sampson scandal may repel IU donorsRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Based on 50 conversations IU Foundation President Curt Simic had with donors the week after news broke of the potential firing of men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson over alleged NCAA improprieties, the chief of Indiana University's philanthropic arm says he has little fear the latest athletic department controversy will affect financial support to the school.
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Uphill battle ahead: State poses tough test for new enviro leaderRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Chris O\'malley
By the time Jesse Kharbanda earned a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford, the University of Chicago student already knew he wanted to advocate environmental policies in the developing world, someday. Eight years later, some might say Kharbanda has landed in the developing world, all right-Indiana, insofar as it's considered the backwater of environmental stewardship. One might recall the state's 49thplace ranking in a 2007 review of "greenest" states by Forbes magazine. Only West Virginia-a national leader in illiteracy-scored worse....
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Music for All moves beyond band contests: $495,000 grant to help beef up fund raising, advocacyRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
For years, the Indianapolis not-for-profit once known as Bands of America built a reputation for organizing a series of regional marching band competitions that culminates in a national march-off here each November. In 2006, the organization broadened its scope through a merger with an East Coast advocacy group, marrying performance-based evidence that music education has value with research-backed efforts to keep school programs around. Now Music for All's research is making waves nationally, and the organization just landed $495,000 to...
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NOTIONS: A vote for new voices in the fine art of democracyRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
My sons Zach and Austin came of voting age in 2006. That November, there weren't many contested or competitive races where they lived (near Fort Wayne). Zach registered and voted, anyway. Austin didn't bother. Zach and I gave Austin a hard time about that. Last September, Zach headed off to college in California, while Austin and his girlfriend, Karolina, began their freshman year at New York University. A few weeks after arriving in Manhattan, there was a campaign rally in...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Why Hoosiers should shed distrust of referendumsRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Mike Hicks
Should Indiana's taxpayers vote on school construction? This seemingly simple question is a vexing issue for the Legislature. The debate surrounding the issue is surprisingly misguided and emotional. A few ill-informed editorials have not added value to the debate. Let me add a bit of data to the discussion to enlarge our understanding. Under Indiana's current system of government, no elected official reviews the complete budgetary process for local government spending. This, perhaps more than anything else, has caused our...
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VIEWPOINT: Cookie-cutter schools: a fatally flawed ideaRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Jason Shelley
What would happen if Congress passed a law requiring every U.S. statehouse to use the exact same building design? And that every city hall, every fire station and library must be built from a canned design? Imagine being told that, from now on, every house in the state would have the exact same design, so homeowners could spend less on design costs. It sounds crazy to think one design fits all, but that's exactly what lawmakers are considering for educational...
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Retiring baby boomers create openings for new gradsRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
Students donning caps and gowns this May will find jobs aplenty, college career officers and others say. Some industries--like health care, accounting, engineering, computer science and sales--are more flush with jobs than others. But students receiving liberal arts degrees also are in high demand because of their well-rounded education.
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HIGHWAY to HEALTH: Trucking firm Celadon drives down costs with innovative wellness planRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Scott Olson
Truck drivers are accustomed to logging lots of miles on their 18-wheelers, but on their sneakers? They are at locally based Celadon Group, thanks to its "Highway 2 Health" wellness program the trucking firm launched in 2006. Prodding employees to lead healthier lifestyles is a way to help cut escalating health care costs. It's a challenging task for any corporation, particularly for transporters whose workers are strewn throughout the country hauling freight on America's highways. Sitting behind a wheel for...
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