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Moving Toward the Next Level of Distinction

Ball State is taking bold steps to ensure our students gain the tools they need for long-term success. Here they learn to innovate, create and collaborate, think critically, solve problems, and be entrepreneurial. We focus on defining rigorous learning outcomes and assessing our students’ abilities to meet them. Academic quality remains front and center to everything we do at Ball State. 

In the fifth and final year of our Education Redefined: Strategic Plan 2007–2012, we are a strong university and our achievements are garnering increased national attention. We have made significant progress, exceeding many of our expectations within the plan’s 104 outcome measures.

At the close of our Ball State Bold capital campaign, we surpassed our fund-raising goal and raised more than $210.8 million—our largest campaign to date. Each and every gift makes a difference and is an investment in the future of the university. 

Donors established more than 200 new scholarships funds, many of them merit-based awards for high achieving students. With $2.2 million in gifts, we created 55 Bold Celebration Scholarships—more than double our original goal. These four-year scholarships were presented to incoming Honors College freshmen during a March 17, 2011, Indiana Statehouse ceremony with Gov. Mitch Daniels.

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Another reason for excitement and enthusiasm is that we continue to attract strong students and remain highly selective with our admission standards. In 2010–11, 16 of our students earned national scholarships, including one Truman, two Goldwater, and four Fulbright scholarship recipients. In addition, three students were named Rhodes Scholarship finalists in the past two years.

More than 200 students larger than last year, our freshman class is strong, diverse, and accomplished. Our on-campus enrollment is the highest in eight years.

Our immersive learning opportunities also

continue to grow. Between 2007 and 2011, more than 12,000 students completed 750-plus immersive learning projects throughout Indiana and as far away as Hong Kong,Venice, and Malawi. Immersive learning provides our students with real-world experience and has a positive impact on the state of Indiana, where the overwhelming majority of projects take place. Recent immersive learning projects are featured throughout this report. 

Our ambitious work continues. In just a few months, we will move seamlessly into our next five-year strategic plan, which will continue to enhance Ball State’s distinctiveness.

See how we have progressed: