Demonstrating Our Value
in a Changing World

President Jo Ann M. Gora, Homecoming Parade 2010
We have just concluded the most exciting year in recent memory at Ball State, and despite economic challenges, we’re successfully meeting the ambitious goals of Education Redefined: Strategic Plan 2007–2012.

In the fourth year of implementing this plan, we are succeeding in reaching four major goals. We have completed or are on schedule to meet 98 of the plan’s 104 outcome measurements. Among those measures, you will find the university has surpassed our ambitious $200 million goal for the Ball State Bold capital campaign, which will conclude next June. The generosity of friends and alumni will allow us to celebrate our achievement by repeating the successful model that inaugurated my presidency. Rather than spend money on a lavish gala, we have created the Bold Celebration Scholarships, and so far, 55 of those scholarships have been established—more than double our original goal.
Matt Tancos, Rhodes Scholar finalist

In 2010, we opened an unprecedented number of new and renovated facilities. In addition to dedicating the completely remodeled L.A. Pittenger Student Center, we opened five new buildings or centers: the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Thomas J. Kinghorn Hall, the Ball State Welcome Center, the Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass, and the A. Umit Taftali Center for Capital Markets and Investing.

Distinguished Ball State alumnus David Letterman, host of CBS's Late Show, hosted a conversation with Twitter cofounder Biz Stone about social media in September 2010.
Last fall, two students reached the final round of the Rhodes Scholarship selection process, the last stage of competition for the world’s oldest and most prestigious international graduate scholarship. This is a first for Ball State and an indicator of the bright and curious students we are attracting.

The Rhodes Scholarships are a premiere recognition of undergraduate achievement. While the honor of being finalists clearly belongs to Abigail Shemoel and Matt Tancos, all of us on campus—from their faculty mentors and collaborators to their fellow students—are proud to have played our parts in helping to bring them to this point.

Ball State has tremendous momentum. See how we have progressed:
• Bold
• Create
• Ideas
• Immersive
• Vibrant

Learn more about all of our objectives and our progress with the annual metrics spreadsheet. Explore our latest rankings.