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Ball State University says a professor who called university police on a student in the middle of a class is not teaching classes for the remainder of the semester.

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Hundreds of Ball State University students walked out of class Tuesday and met in the middle of campus to protest inequality.  As IPR’s Tylor Brummett reports, this comes one week after a professor called police on a student in the middle of class for not changing seats.

 A snowy January morning didn’t stop hundreds of students from walking out of class.  For students like Cameron Green, this was an opportunity for students to be heard.

“The longer we put this off, the longer nothing’s gonna happen about it.”

A report from Ball State University shows the Republican-backed law to cap Indiana property taxes forced most local governments to face tough financial choices.

Gloria Steinem Encourages Speaking Up At Ball State

Dec 2, 2019

Gloria Steinem says despair comes from isolation – and political movements like feminism have allowed people to get together and “get mad on their own behalf.”

The feminist political activist spoke at Ball State University Monday afternoon as part of a book tour.

She told reluctant college students that speaking up on issues is important to the world, even if it’s a scary thought.

Indiana health care prices are much higher than in many other states and a new analysis points to even higher prices in some areas. 

Ball State University has set several enrollment records with this year’s classes – including for the largest freshmen class.  And as IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, officials say the school’s transition to test-optional applications helped them get there.


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Ball State Names Architecture College After Former Trustee

Jun 12, 2019

R. Wayne Estopinal (Photo provided by Ball State)

Ball State University is naming its College of Architecture and Planning after an alumnus and former trustee that died in a plane crash last year.

Researchers are seeing more kinds of fish in the Ohio River than they were in the 1960s. A Ball State University study in collaboration with Virginia Tech says part of that may be due to less agricultural land bordering the river and more forests. 

Ball State University says it’s training faculty on how to teach soft skills in classrooms.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, it’s these skills that employers say are lacking in job candidates.

Some “soft skills” are easy to describe, like showing up for work on time consistently and dressing appropriately.  Others are broader concepts.

Ball State Sees 28 Percent Test Optional College Applications

Dec 14, 2018

More than a quarter of high school students who hope to join Ball State University in the fall of 2019 are submitting applications without standardized test scores.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, this is the first year SAT or ACT scores are optional for admission to the Muncie school.

When Ball State announced in July it would become a “test-optional” university, it wasn’t the first Indiana college to do so.  But it was the largest public university on the list.

Ball State Trustee Killed In Plane Crash

Nov 30, 2018

Ball State University has announced a Board of Trustees member has died in a plane crash in southern Indiana.

Wayne Estopinal has served on the Ball State board since 2011 and this week was re-appointed to the position by Governor Eric Holcomb.

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Today:   on this post-Election Day program, we have Indiana University Northwest economist Micah Pollak and his "Northwest Indiana Coincident Index" report for this year and going into 2019.  It's a very positive report on the local economy.  And we talked with a Munster native who is attending Ball State University and is working in an immersive learning course that is helping a Muncie non-profit healthcare agency.  Haley Collison is double-majoring in human resources and marketing.

Ball State Makes College Entrance Exams Optional

Jul 30, 2018

More Hoosier students won’t have to take the ACT or SAT – if they’re applying to certain schools.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, Ball State University says it won’t require the two most common college entrance exams for undergrad hopefuls.

 For students applying to Ball State University for the fall of 2019 and beyond, submitting scores from the SAT or ACT will be optional.  Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns says research shows the stronger measure of student academic success is a high school grade point average.

Muncie residents heard passionate answers from hopeful applicants for the future Ball State University-appointed Muncie Community Schools board Tuesday night.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, 20 finalists were asked to appeal to a public that won’t get to directly vote them in.

The Muncie Central High School auditorium looked like the set of an academic quiz bowl – with 20 candidates ready to go.  But instead of buzzing in answers, they had a chance to introduce themselves and make a case on why they should help run Muncie Community Schools.

Ball State Passes Muncie Schools Resolution

May 21, 2018
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Ball State University trustees last week formally accepted responsibility for Muncie Community Schools – a charge lawmakers gave the university earlier this week.  Now that the governor has signed House Bill 1315 into law, Ball State is beginning plans for Muncie’s upcoming school year and beyond.


Senate Education Committee Delays School Finance Bill Vote

Feb 15, 2018

An Indiana Senate committee has decided to postpone voting on a controversial school financials bill because of its effect on Muncie and Gary schools. Some committee members say the bill too radically changes plans lawmakers approved last session.

Last year, Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) singled out Gary and Muncie schools for their financial debts, putting emergency management processes in place.

READ MORE: Can Gary Schools Be Saved By A State Takeover?

House Approves Controversial School Management Bill

Feb 1, 2018

House lawmakers are moving forward with a controversial school financial management bill. Lawmakers debated HB 1315 for nearly two hours Thursday before passing it, and some members, including Rep. Earl Harris (D-East Chicago), say they’re concerned the legislation takes too much power away from the locally elected school boards of struggling schools.

“I’m very much uncomfortable with us taking away the will of the voters in terms of the school board. The school board is voted in,” Harris says.

A greater push for STEM education is setting the tone for many of this year’s legislative agendas, and part of that push is a bill in the House that would make it possible for elementary school teachers to earn a special license in math.

Ball State University professor Sheryl Stump says it’s an incentive for educators to learn more about and better teach the subject.

“According to the needs and plans of their school districts, they could continue to work primarily with students, or they could work as mathematics coaches or teacher leaders,” she says.

A House committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would help the state identify schools facing financial problems, but the bill has already been met with criticism. Both Gary and Muncie Schools were taken over by the state last year after their finances reached crisis levels.

The board of the chronically failing Hoosier Academies Virtual School voted Tuesday not to seek renewal of their charter, a decision that will cause the school of 2,000 students to close in June.

John Marske, Hoosier Academies board president, told WFYI News in an email Wednesday that the school had until Oct. 1 to submit a renewal application.

Ball State University

Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research Executive Director Michael Hicks came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the Indiana and national job outlooks, as well as the latest about factories of not only Indiana-based firms -- but companies with only a presence in the Hoosier State. 

Hicks also tells us about a new report from the CBER on the link between educational attainment and earnings.  Here's the conversation.