Making an Impact

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Immersive Learning

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Tradition + Innovation


Jo Ann M. Gora

When I came to Ball State in 2004, I was immediately impressed by the can-do attitude and spirit of collaboration I found on campus. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the university's founding, we also celebrate its great tradition of faculty mentoring students by working with them side by side on the important issues of the day.

We are pressing forward with an ambitious agenda at Ball State. We seek to carve out a distinctive place in the world.

Our vision is to become recognized for being relentlessly focused on learning outcomes, embracing and solving today's greatest educational challenges, providing bright and curious students a holistic learning experience that occurs in and out of the classroom, and bringing fresh and pragmatic thinking to the problems facing communities, businesses, and governments in Indiana and beyond.

Our current five-year plan, Education Redefined 2.0: Advancing Indiana outlines the specific steps we are taking to make our vision a reality. It is built on the unequivocal success of Education Redefined: Strategic Plan 2007-2012.

The cornerstone of our approach is immersive learning, an experience available to every Ball State student. Immersive learning is intensified experiential learning, in which interdisciplinary student teams working with faculty mentors provide real-world solutions to real-world problems faced by communities and businesses.

This not only provides economic development for our state and region, but it also gives our students the very best preparation for the 21st century workplace, one characterized by constant change, global competition, and collaborative problem-solving.

As a result of this focus on immersive learning, we are attracting an increasing number of high-ability students and receiving more national recognition for our academic programs. Since 2004, Ball State has completed more than $520 million in new construction and renovations to existing buildings. I encourage you to visit our beautiful campus!

As we move toward the centennial celebration of Ball State's founding in 1918, we remain committed to providing the best education possible for our students. In doing so, we stimulate economic development and improve quality of life for all the citizens of our state.

Jo Ann M. Gora
14th president of Ball State University