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Goal 2: Supporting Faculty and Staff Scholarship

As a university focused on teaching and learning, Ball State encourages faculty and students to take creative risks, pursue innovative projects, and experiment with new technologies. In the second year of the strategic plan, we continue to make progress on supporting scholarship and discovery.

Here are some examples that highlight our progress on the objectives for Goal 2 from the strategic plan.

Funding Proposals Reach Goal

The number of external funding proposals and the number of faculty who submitted proposals increased significantly in 2007-08. More than 300 faculty and professional staff members submitted 525 funding proposals, well above our goal for 2012.

These proposals brought in $20.4 million in external funding for scholarly work in 2007-08, including a $2.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop communications training courses for the nation’s 911 call center supervisors and other emergency communications professionals.

Goal 2, Objective B: Expand extramural funding to support scholarship.

Number of Graduate Students Rises

More students are choosing to pursue graduate study at Ball State. Approximately 3,500 students are currently enrolled in our master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs, up from 3,257 in 2007-08.

Goal 2, Objective C: By 2009, achieve 10 percent growth in total graduate student numbers over 2006-07 base.


Online and Digital Assets Increase

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University Libraries is supporting our faculty and students in their studies by providing ample digital and online assets. Faculty and students currently have access to more than 14,100 online journals—ahead of the goal of 14,000 by 2012—and nearly 68,725 digital assets to use in their research and discovery. The library plans to have 75,000 digital assets available by 2012.

Goal 2, Objective iii: By 2012, increase to 14,000 the number of online journals available through the library.
Goal 2, Objective iii: By 2012, increase to 75,000 the number of digital assets available to faculty and students.