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Developing Nationally Recognized Programs

As entrepreneurs, our faculty and students never rest. Ball State provides the state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technology they need to push the limits of creativity, challenge preconceived ideas, and take creative risks. The result: success.

Here are some examples that highlight our outcome measures from the Strategic Plan 2007-2012.

High-Tech Building Inspires Students
Photo courtesy of John Paul Filo, director, CBS photography
High-Tech Building Inspires Students
With its light-filled lobby, cutting-edge post-production facilities, and environmentally smart design, the $21 million David Letterman Communication and Media Building charges the lives of students and faculty.

Part of the College of Communication, Information, and Media, one of the 10 largest in the country, the building supports the communication studies, journalism, and telecommunications departments along with the Center for Information and Communication Sciences and the Center for Media Design. Like Ball State’s number one wireless campus ranking by Intel, as reported in U.S. News & World Report, it’s a symbol of Ball State’s inherent commitment to creativity and lightning-fast technology. And it is a beacon to stellar faculty and students who thrive on the edge of innovation. This is seen in the seamless transition graduates make into this competitive industry and the attraction of new faculty members such as CNN producer Suzie Smith.

Goal 4, Objective E
: By 2012, construct two new academic buildings.

Salary Pool for Faculty RetentionSalary Pool for Faculty Retention

A salary pool of funds has been set aside for the purpose of bridging a market value gap or other issues that would otherwise be a deterrent in the hiring or retaining of quality faculty members.

Goal 2, Objective F: Create a continuously replenishing pool of salary funds to address market and other inequities.

A Commitment to DiversityA Commitment to Diversity

A diverse campus creates a richer environment for students, faculty, and staff. To support departments in hiring underrepresented minority faculty, Ball State is offering a financial increase to the departmental budgets in recognition of the incentives needed to recruit, hire, and retain underrepresented candidates.

Goal 4, Objective D: By 2012, increase faculty diversity to 15 percent and staff diversity to 9.5 percent.

Educational Leadership in Good Company

For the third year in a row, the Department of Educational Leadership, in Teachers College, ranks among the nation’s best leadership development programs. Leadership Excellence magazine ranks Ball State 11th among universities, including Duke, Harvard, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “It’s quite an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as these other schools,” says Joe McKinney, department chair. “I believe that you will see Ball State continue to move up this list as our program grows.”

Goal 1, Objective D: By 2012, have 25 nationally ranked or nationally recognized programs.

Examining the Effects of Space FlightExamining the Effects of Space Flight

Scott Trappe lingers over the puzzles embedded in the role exercise plays in expanding life spans. He never grows weary of exploring how to get the most from exercise during space travel and what that might mean in other contexts.

“Good research questions, coupled with good research, typically lead to more questions,” says Trappe, who is the director of the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) and the John and Janice Fisher endowed chair of exercise science.

Through a $1.2 million grant from NASA, the laboratory investigates the effects of prolonged space flight on human skeletal muscles. The group is also studying aging effects on muscles through a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NASA, NIH, and other organizations such as Lilly and the National Dairy Council look to the scientists at HPL to help them identify and examine problems. Dozens of other projects such as studying marathon running are under way.

Goal 2, Objective ii: By 2012, increase to 30 the number of endowed chairs/professorships.

Programs Continue to Earn Impressive Rankings

Many Ball State programs have attained respected national rankings. Here are just of few of the 17 programs that have earned recognition. Read more rankings and recognitions.

  • For the fourth year in a row, Ball State’s program for first-year students was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “program to look for.”
  • The finance program was ranked 11th nationally for quality teaching in Advances in Financial Education.
  • Ball State’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program has been ranked among the top 10 in the country by U.S. News & World Report since 1999.
  • U.S. News & World Report recognized Ball State as having one of the best undergraduate business programs in the nation in the 2006 ranking.
  • For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Nursing’s online master’s degree program among the nation’s top 10.

Goal 1, Objective D: By 2012, have 25 nationally ranked or nationally recognized programs.

National Media Attention Extends the Ball State Story

Several Ball State stories made headlines across the country, helping to spread the word about the accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff. Here are just a few Ball State stories that were in the news.

  • Opening of the David Letterman Communication and Media Building: Following the announcement and dedication of the new building bearing the name of Ball State’s most famous alumnus, more than 450 stories were featured on various media platforms across the country. Video of the opening was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show when Letterman was a guest on the show, days after his campus visit and tour of the building.
  • NASA-Funded Bed Rest Study: The results of joint research by NASA and Ball State’s Human Performance Lab were featured by media outlets across the country, including DiscoveryNews.com, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The Tampa Tribune.
  • Ball State Bloggers: Ball State is one of the first universities to use blogs to connect with prospective students. Stories about our efforts were featured in Business Week, Forbes, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

Goal 1, Objective i: By 2012, increase significant national media placements to five per year.