Investment in National Recognition

Attracting the leadership and talents of the finest faculty allows us to advance our reputation of academic innovation. Gifted, dedicated, passionate faculty, combined with great students and exceptional facilities, are key components in establishing nationally recognized programs.

We are proud of the many programs and facilities that have received national recognition from respected organizations and will use the resources provided through Ball State Bold to build on those successes and continue the development of our vibrant academic community.

One such example is Susan Wilczynski’s appointment as the first Plassman Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Wilczynski is a nationally known autism expert and previously served as executive director of the National Autism Center.

Another example of the university’s commitment to developing innovative programs that earn national distinction is the investment in emerging media. This initiative has received significant support from Randy Pond, ’77, executive vice president of operations, processes, and systems for Cisco Systems, and the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Other examples of Ball State success include:
  • Ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report among “up-and-coming” colleges and universities in 2011
  • 28 nationally ranked or recognized academic programs
  • National awards from the National Wildlife Federation, the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and The Princeton Review for our comprehensive sustainability efforts
  • 41 Ball State students or recent alumni earning 43 national scholarships and fellowships in the past six years
  • Named one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review for seven years running