Goal 4: Creating a Vibrant Campus

Ball State’s vibrant campus provides students and faculty with a welcoming environment in which to live, learn, and work. Building on the projects completed in 2007-08, Ball State continues to create programs and facilities that improve the university community’s quality of life.

Here are some examples that highlight our progress on the objectives for Goal 4 from the strategic plan.

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Faculty and staff are embracing the wellness programssponsored by Working Well, Ball State’s health enhancement program designed especially for employees. In the 2007-08 academic year, 49 percent of faculty and staff participated in the programs, which include Weight Watchers at Work, nutrition chats, fitness programs, and bone density and other testing. By 2010, our goal is to have 70 percent of employees taking part in the programs.

Goal 4, Objective A: Increase student, staff, faculty, and family participation in a coordinated wellness program.

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By late 2010, students and employees will be able to work out in a new 200,000-square-foot Student Recreation and Wellness Facility, which will include a climbing wall, recreational running track, renovated gymnasium courts, and an indoor turf field house. Participation in recreation programs is down from previous years due to areas of the current facility being closed for renovation, but numbers are expected to climb once the new facility is completed.

Goal 4, Objective E: By 2010, complete construction of recreation and wellness facility.

Campus Construction Boom

Construction also continues on the new North Residence Hall as well as renovations to DeHority Complex, Ball Honors House, and the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. Future plans include the central campus academic project, renovation of the North Quad and Teachers College buildings, and updates to the campus heating and cooling systems. By 2012, campus will feature $320 million in newly constructed or remodeled facilities, completed in just eight years.

Goal 4, Objective E: Plan and execute new construction and renovations of campus facilities to best support learning, scholarship, institutional effectiveness, and quality of life. 

Putting Customers First

Ball State’s “Roll Out the Red” customer service initiative is under way. A task force has developed guidelines for providing better service to our many constituencies, and all departments will receive training over the next two years, allowing employees to better serve our students, parents, alumni, donors, and community members.

Goal 4, Objective B: Create a service-oriented campus culture in all units.

Investing in Ball State’s Future

In September 2008, Ball State launched the largest capital campaign in university history. Ball State Bold: Investing in the Future has a goal of raising $200 million by 2011 to support the strategic direction of the university. The campaign will provide new scholarships, innovative immersive learning experiences, and state-of-the-art facilities, and support other initiatives that will earn national recognition for Ball State. As of January 2009, we have raised $140.4 million for the campaign, putting us more than two-thirds of the way to our goal. In addition, unrestricted private gift support, planned giving commitments, and alumni participation are on target.

Goal 4, Objective ii: Increase financial resources available to support strategic directions.
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