Ball State University's efforts to transform its campus through innovative changes to academic programs and facilities has been praised by U.S. News & World Report in the publication's annual rankings.
The “America's Best Colleges” edition ranked Ball State’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program as 10th best in the nation. The rankings are based on a spring 2010 peer survey of deans and senior faculty at institutions nationwide and include more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools.
The university's nationally recognized entrepreneurship program, which features a final pass-or-fail class, was tied for 10th place. Since 1999, U.S. News has consistently ranked the program in the top 10.
The program is undergoing a transformation with an infusion of technological advancements through Military 2 Market (M2M), a partnership between Ball State, the Department of Defense, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), which operates a research-centered facility about 70 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
“Crane has provided technologies used in the field and is working with us to find commercial opportunities in the private sector,” says Michael Goldsby, the Entrepreneurship Center's executive director and Stoops distinguished professor of entrepreneurship. “This gives students access to world class technology and interaction with top engineers and research scientists. Our students learn how to work with technology and develop the marketing and financing needs to bring the products to market. This is an intense but exciting journey we put the students through, and they are embracing it with enthusiasm and hard work.”
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