Advancing Indiana. Now.

Advancing Indiana. Now.

Ball State advances Indiana through student engagement and faculty expertise.

We have a clear vision that remains focused on educational outcomes and building better communities across the state. In Education Redefined 2.0: Advancing Indiana, we have committed to measurable steps that will enhance the quality of our academic experiences and advance Indiana.

We have taken great care to ensure our efforts align with Indiana's goals of completion, productivity, and quality outlined by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) in its new strategic plan.

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More than 16,400 students have conducted 1,000-plus immersive learning projects. Paired with our Building Better Communities initiatives, Ball State's efforts have benefited 75 counties across the state. Education Redefined 2.0: Advancing Indiana further extends and amplifies our commitment.

Examples of how we are advancing Indiana business—now:

Sherry Laboratories A team of Ball State MBA students partnered with Sherry Laboratories of Daleville to help the company's food and microbiology division build a national marketing plan for a new testing service line that improves food safety.

"Using these talented MBA students is a great way to accelerate our progress in our food and micro division," says Michael Earley, president of Sherry Laboratories.

Sallie Mae

Thirteen students collaborated with student loan company Sallie Mae to develop a workplace well-being initiative focused on advancing the financial, physical, and emotional health of hundreds of employees at the Muncie location.

"Upon graduation, I want to work with companies in Indiana to develop worksite wellness programs that enhance productivity and decrease insurance costs. Working with Sallie Mae has given me the confidence that I can make a difference in people's lives and improve communities," says Shauna Sadler, '13.


OrthoWorxWarsaw, Indiana is the Orthopedic Capital of the World. The industry accounts for $11 billion in annual sales and nearly 13,000 jobs—almost 45 percent of the total employment in Kosciusko County. To maintain and build on that success, firms such as Biomet, DePuy, and Zimmer must continue to attract the most sought after professionals.  

OrthoWorx, a community-based initiative, engaged Ball State's Building Better Communities to assess the city's social, recreational, and cultural attributes and develop a plan to support the orthopedic industry’s long-term sustainability and growth in the area. "People today are making decisions about where they will live, more based upon the quality of life, rather than the job available," says Brad Bishop, executive director of OrthoWorx.

"We want to make sure the Warsaw community has what they are looking for, and Ball State was able to help us further that goal."

Project 18

Project 18With nearly one-third of Hoosier children ages 10-17 overweight or obese, Indiana faces serious problems for years to come. Ball State students and community partners worked together to develop a curriculum and outreach programs that arm teachers with tools to encourage healthy choices. Now in its fourth year, Project 18 is an 18-week program created by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. It has transformed the lives of more than 100,000 students at 550-plus schools in 76 Indiana counties so far.

"Ball State students wrote a curriculum with more hands-on exploration for students than I've ever seen," says Kelley Newman, a physical education teacher at South Grove Intermediate School. 

Portland Arts Place

Portland Arts PlaceA Building Better Communities student team designed a communications plan to create a brand image for Arts Place in Portland. Arts Place is a community arts facility with a 21,000-square-foot arts center, an outdoor plaza, an arts park, a gas kiln, a theatre, galleries, studios, and more, established to nurture the creative spirit by enhancing cultural and artistic understanding to residents in east central Indiana.

"It is important for rural Indiana to have access to the arts and cultural events, and by working with Arts Place, we were able to expand people's horizons and engage them on new and exciting levels." Kristin Hayes, '13

Keeping Kurt Vonnegut's Voice in Indiana


With all of a student team's new assets in place at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (KVML), Andrew Neylon, '14, says he hopes the group's work can set a precedent for the advancements KVML can make for the future.

"I hope it draws new members, and that old members revisit and notice a tangible difference after what we've done. I hope we've done our part, in some small way, at least, to ensure that Vonnegut's voice never leaves Indiana." Andrew Neylon, '14

The above are just a few of the more than 1,000 projects our students and faculty have led to make a difference, now, in Indiana and around the world.

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