Higher Ed

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.

Some laid-off workers qualify for lucrative benefitsRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
A little-known federal program provides support for retraining to workers whose employers were hurt by foreign trade. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Act also offers income replacement and health insurance benefits.

Grads, career-changers surge into teachingRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
J.K. Wall
Folks from all sorts of professions are trying on teaching, to survive the recession or to give back to the community. Or both.

More high schoolers enrolling in collegeRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
J.K. Wall
Fall Creek Academy is among a growing number of high schools that enroll their students to take classes at colleges, earning credit toward both a high school and a college degree.

College-affordability debate focusing on wrong issuesRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Mike Hicks
College affordability has gained a lot of attention over the past few years, but I am not sure that the simple focus on costs is the right way to think about the problem.

IU striving to keep tuition affordableRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Your Dec. 8 editorial, "State flunking affordability test," quotes liberally from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education's recent report, which concludes that 49 of 50 states—including Indiana—deserve an "F" for their affordability efforts. Unfortunately, this grade is based on an analysis that dramatically overstates college costs in Indiana—or at least those costs incurred by Hoosiers attending Indiana University.

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.

Welder shortage looms in central Indiana, nationwideRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
With demand for welders outstripping supply, manufacturers, road and bridge builders, and other construction company owners are all hurting. Despite a willingness to increase hourly wages and even offer signing bonuses, the search for welders is getting more desperate.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing