Staying on the cutting edge
Commission tries to remain on top of technology changes
Technology and distance education was at the forefront of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education meeting last week. Commission members approved a change in the current distance education degree policies, implemented numerous new degrees in relation to the policy, and approved Indiana’s participation in the Western Governors University.
In 1990, the Commission updated its Guidelines, Policies and Procedures for Developing New Academic Program Proposals by allowing institutions to offer programs off campus. Because of technology’s vast improvements, specifically through the Internet, the Commission has created a Policy for Delivering Degree Programs Through Distance Education Technology. The policy is designed to ensure that distant learners have access to the same educational opportunities as they would on campus, making it easier for campuses to respond to new opportunities, use taxpayer dollars effectively, and streamline current Commission policies for handling requests to offer degree programs through distance education.
Under this policy, distance education technology includes all forms of technology, including the Internet, computer programs, CD-ROMs, video and audio tapes, television, radio, and print correspondence. To comply with the policy, an off-campus student must be able to complete 50% or more hours required to complete his or her degree. The policy assumes the programs are already being offered on campus at the institution, but still must be approved by the Commission.
Because of the adoption of the new policy, a number of new degree programs via distance education technology were also approved. The Commission approved: Ball State University, A.A. in Business Administration, M.A.E. in Elementary Education, M.A.E in Special Education, M.A. in Executive Development for Public Service; University of Southern Indiana, B.S. in Nursing (RN), B.S. in Health Services, A.S. in Communications; and Ivy Tech State College-Terre Haute, A.A.S. in Accounting, A.A.S. in Business Administrations and A.A.S. in Design Technology.
Moving even farther in the world of distance education technology, the Commission approved Indiana’s membership into the Western Governors University. The University is in the beginning stages and promises to be one of the most comprehensive distance education programs. The University, which began with participation by Western states, has been steadily raking in new members, including Texas, as WGU expands beyond its original plans to just provide services for sparsely populated areas.
Commissioner Stan Jones said he hopes Indiana will not shut its doors on distance education now that the state is a part of WGU. Other organizations such as the Southern Regional Education Board and the Midwest Higher Education Commission are in the planning stages of similar virtual universities that the commission is exploring. Jones said that by being a part of WGU, Indiana is reducing the risk of being left behind in one of the fastest growing forms of education.
Indiana has to pay a one time $100,000 fee to join WGU. Jones assured the Commission this will be the sole financial obligation.
Public colleges examine their image
With all the talk about retention and finances, it seems to pay to know what kind of students attend each college. Get the wrong kind of student, and colleges may be wasting their money on a student who won’t graduate. So we thought we’d follow up on some marketing research from Ball State University that we previewed last issue.
The work with Lipman Hearne shows most applicants to BSU consider one or two other institutions, typically Indiana and Purdue universities. In winning students over to BSU, faculty believe their commitment to teaching undergraduates is BSU’s greatest strength, followed by an attractive and accessible campus, a student-accessible faculty, and the quality of individual academic programs.
Students, however, said size, cost, and the friendly atmosphere make BSU different from other schools. They did not mention the commitment to teaching. Instead, they focused on the quality and reputation of academic majors and practical advantages such as location and low cost. High school students tend to consider BSU after talking with a college friend; their decision to apply tends to follow talks with a guidance counselor; and their enrollment usually follows a campus tour.
BSU’s is trying to boost enrollment by 1,500. The money for marketing comes from: redirection of existing funds; the Ball State University Foundation; and contingency accounts built into the budget. "Look at any Indianapolis television station any night of the week and you’ll see advertising for Ivy Tech, IU, Indiana State and IUPUI. Enrollment is a zero-sum game, and those institutions are going after the same students we are. We must position ourselves within the state and tell our story if we want to attract 1,500 outstanding students to add to our present enrollment," Vice President for Advancement Don Park said.
Doug McConkey, Ball State’s student affairs VP, is big on the phrase "Everything You Need" for BSU’s new marketing campaign to target students. "We’re saying we are better than large universities AND small colleges because we provide the best of both."
For more, please see "Marketing" on Page 5 . . .
IN Elementary & Secondary Ed
IN General . . .
• Education may be taking the hot seat in Washington with elections coming up. Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Chester Finn says Republicans need to examine what they’re doing. "Clinton has been politically deft on education. Republicans are often seen now by voters as against spending more on schools, against even the concept of public education. They haven’t done a good job advocating what they’re actually for, and they’re trying desperately to change that," he tells the Washington Post.
• Larry Smith, chair of Ball State University’s Department of Elementary Education, is one of three educators featured in talk-show host Larry King’s new book, Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow. Smith says he has "no idea how they identified me as a futurist" but noted BSU is doing innovative things such as re-examining the process for accrediting elementary teachers. Smith and King talk for eight pages, including Smith’s biggest concern about the future: "I’m really worried about drug use, particularly by pregnant women, and the effect it’s going to have on children."
• Ball State University elementary-education students will participate in new programs this Fall to deal with the future of teaching. A major addition is the Education in Democratic Society, which emphasizes civic service and requires at least 50 hours of donated time during the semester with area schools, non-profit agencies, and businesses to establish civic engagement programs.
¨ Other changes: the junior year classroom practicum changes from one to two semesters to increase "real" experience; general studies classes are bolstered for a better liberal-arts education; strengthened partnerships with area schools and education agencies; and an end to the practice of student-teaching after classes are completed, thereby allowing student to return to college to reflect on their experience.
• Valparaiso Union Township Middle School, the only public school in the state with single-sex classes, disagrees with a new American Association of University Women report that shows girls’ grades don’t improve when they are in single-sex classes. Union Township has an all-boys math class and all-girls science class. "We see our girls stepping up in science and other subjects. They are no longer held down or shackled. They have a more inquisitive nature toward science because they don’t have to worry about the males," Principal Jim Doane says.
¨ While academically gifted females in grades K-12 have made rapid advancement in the classroom, most still lag behind their male counterparts, says Cheryll Adams, director of Ball State University’s Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development. Parents should push administrators and teachers to offer more challenging programs for girls, she says.
• The University of Southern Indiana and the Evansville-Vanderbugh School Corporation team together to start Career Quest ‘98, a pilot program to help high school seniors decide what career path and academic major to pursue in college by talking with career counselors, taking a career test and work with computer programs on careers.
¨ EVSC made space at Bosse High School for the private-funded and operated Career and Academic Resources Exchange Service, which gives career advice to students. A local man donated $30,000 and hired a director to survey students, run the results through a computer, and find information on the Internet.
• Manchester College has started its Physical Education Program, providing about 40 home-schooled children a chance to exercise on campus once a week. The program was created by students in a Theory and Techniques of Sports class.
•East Noble School Corporation in Kendallville is considering hiring Northwest Evaluation Association to test students in grades 3-8, with locals saying other schools are interested in the same. The program would cost $32,000 to start up, including extra pay for teachers to assist developing the tests and support services from the company.
• Northern Wells Community Schools in Ossian may have found its solution for the transportation problem of students with working parents. Teachers and administrators have visited schools that have alternating all-day kindergarten classes where students go to school either all day Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday, alternating every other Friday. Although parents are all for the new idea, teachers are still leery about the potential problems.
• Angola High School has been chosen as Indiana’s pilot school for USA Today’s Access USA program. Twelve high school teachers are participating in the program to promote using current news in every aspect of the curriculum. One Angola student will join 52 other students from across the country in Washington, D.C., to help put together a section of the newspaper.
• Switzerland County School Corporation is in the final preparation stages for its all-day kindergarten pilot program to be launched next year. The school board approved revised contracts for two existing teachers and hired a third for the program.
• Students at Union Township Schools Corporation in Wheeler may have the same teachers two years in a row. The school district has approved a plan for cycle teaching where students would have the same teachers for first and second grade, fourth and fifth grade, and seventh and eighth grade. School officials believe this looping method will help students feel more comfortable in the classroom and promote a stronger learning environment.
• Jay School Corporation in Portland is looking into changing its policy for home-schooled children’s enrollment in public schools. The current policy allows for only limited enrollment determined by grade level. School administrators want home-schooled children to be allowed to take advantage of any educational experience.
• As Indianapolis MSD Perry Township adopts Reading Recovery for its elementary students, not all board members are happy. The plan calls for permanent substitutes to teach half a day while nine teachers are trained, raising questions from a board member about the quality of teaching. Another complaint was about the impact on other Title I programs.
• A Dugger Elementary school student’s father is unhappy with rules for determining honor roll at Northeastern School Corporation in Hymera. Currently students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average to be on the honor roll. The parent says the policy creates a "Catch 22" for some students because certain classes are only worth one-half credit. For example, his child’s A in a one-half credit spelling class only earned two points, resulting in the child’s ineligibility for the honor roll.
• Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company says that the Bloomfield School District is on the right track with their new curriculum changes to promote skills that will make students eligible with the high-paying, specialized jobs the new Toyota plant will bring to the region.
• Huntington County Community School Corporation has altered its academic calender to include students in parent-teacher conferences. School officials hope parent-student involvement will be increased and serve as a self-esteem booster for the student.
•A student expelled from West Noble High School made bomb threats to the school, but school went off without a hitch . . . because classes were delayed by weather.
• Whitko Middle School shortened passing periods and prohibited students from standing in clusters after several students were caught huffing chemicals.
• Kokomo-Center Township Consolidated School Corporation, will radically realign its schools next year with fifth-, eight- and ninth-graders and their teachers shifting buildings. Teachers filled out a survey list their top six variables, and 65-70% were assigned according to their top two choices. Assignments also were based on teachers’ listed strengths, extracurricular duties, and special recognitions. Assignments were based in a priority order: licensing, teacher strengths, extracurricular duties/co-curricular specialties, and seniority.
IN Construction . . .
• Lebanon School Corporation adopted guidelines (that cost $9,000 to write) to try to resolve overcrowding problems. Plan A allows for additions to existing buildings and later the construction of a new elementary school, costing $24.4 million. Plan B calls for construction of a new elementary first, then the renovations of existing buildings, costing $24.2 million. Plan C calls for separate buildings for grades K-3, 4&5, 6&7, and 9-12, costing $20.1 million.
¨ For the existing problems in the school district that need immediate attention, the school board borrowed portable classrooms from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers. One elementary school has capacity for 582 students and 575 students enrolled.
• Monroe County Community School Corporation in Bloomington scaled back commercial development plans to sell an elementary school and build a new one. Local zoning officials turned down a request to rezone the land last year because of the size of the new development and drainage problems, but the smaller proposal won tentative approval.
• Hasten Hebrew Academy in Indianapolis may start a high school and . . . and begin serving special-needs Jewish students.
• Crown Point Community School Corporation approved $10.3 million in emergency repairs to five elementaries. Two schools will get roof replacements, while four will get plumbing, heating, air conditioning, telephone and data network improvements . . . Griffith schools will pay J.M. Crist $100,000 to refinish 11 tennis courts . . . Crawfordsville city officials are developing 1.4 miles worth of bike/pedestrian pathways from Crawfordsville High School to the city’s residential areas . . . Greensburg Community Schools is considering two possible sites for a new $18-million junior high school. The school board is not rushing to make a decision, but is moving quickly to reach the goal of opening the school in 2000.
• The South Bend Rotary Club is trying an unprecedented $175,000 renovation of Lincoln Elementary School with 500 volunteers to paint, replace lighting, and handle other tasks.
IN Finance . . .
• School City of East Chicago may adopt spending cuts this school year to pay back Inland Steel $2.1 million following the State Board of Tax Commissioners ruling that the company was overassessed by $12.8 million in 1993. The district is appealing to the Indiana Tax Court, but they’re not going to risk a more traumatic effect if they lose in court (the county is also reportedly leaning against an appeal because of its potential impact on a just-announced Inland sale). The refund accounts for 5% of the district’s budget, which could prompt administration terminations, differing salary increases for different classes of employees, and delays in building projects.
• The Tippecanoe Education Association took out a full-page ad in the Lafayette Journal & Courier to encourage parents to push the district to agree to a contract. The ad highlights how much teachers do for students "without pay, or thought of pay." The ad shows teachers using their own money for student rewards, supervising students before sporting events, pizza parties, tutoring, preparing classroom activities, taking care of classroom animals, and grading papers. The union rejected a 5% raise, saying it lacked sufficient medical benefits.
¨ The union filed an unfair practice complaint with the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board. The complaint alleges the district threatened to reduce the budget of any coach who participated at the Tippecanoe Education Association’s slowdown and would not volunteer to take tickets at athletic events.
• There’s a stalemate over contract talks at Fort Wayne Community Schools, which is offering a 1.75% salary increase for 1997-98 and 3% for 1998-99. Union Executive Director William Gist was not hopeful for an immediate solution, saying: "I cannot say that this superintendent will respond to anything short of a disruption in the system."
• Michigan City Area Schools teachers are hanging signs in their cars saying, "The ‘miracle’ district needs another miracle! Ask any School Board member." The district has a mediator to help solve its contract dispute; teachers are playing on when Dr. Suellen Reed labeled it a miracle for academic improvements.
• Huntington County Community School Corporation union officials are trying to get back sick days teachers lost when they became ill from fumes in a school earlier this year; district officials deny that they agreed teachers wouldn’t lose sick days.
• MSD Mt. Vernon is trying to regain some of its $1.5 million shortfall as a result of tax assessment appeals. School board members and school administrators held an all day retreat to think of options for cutting costs. Schools plan to reduce all non-ISTEP testing, recycle school supplies and limiting unnecessary expenses. There are no plans for cutting teaching staff.
IN Transition . . .
• Steve Kain quits as Logansport Schools superintendent to take back his old job as superintendent at Richland-Bean Blossom Schools in Ellettsville. He returns as an assistant superintendent for the rest of the year until superintendent James Land’s resignation takes affect . . . East Noble School Corporation Superintendent Rodger Smith announced he’ll resign to become executive director of the Northeast Indiana Education Service Center. He replaces the retiring Dave Weber . . . Long-time Southern Wells Community Schools teacher and administrator Neil Potter takes over for Superintendent Michael Bushong, who left to head Jennings County Schools in North Vernon.
IN Government . . .
• The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s ruling that the Fort Wayne Education Association lacks standing to bring action against Fort Wayne Community Schools in its decision to contract with Richard Milburn High School, Inc. for alternative education. Judge Robert Rucker, writing in a 3-0 decision in FWEA v. FWCS, No. 49A02-9703-CV-164, dismisses the argument from the union/parents that they’re injured because students are shortchanged when the district spends money for Milburn. "This argument merely calls upon the court to engage in the type of ‘abstract speculation’ which Pence directs courts to avoid. Because Appellants have failed to demonstrate direct injury, we find the trial court did not err in determining they lacked private standing." Rucker also dismissed the union’s argument "that public education and funding is the type of public right contemplated" in Higgins v. Hale, which says no special interest is needed in a case of public rights. He instead relied on the more restrictive Pence v. State case.
¨ Boston-based Milburn High School is up to 48 schools nationwide with plans for 40 more over the next two years, the Boston Globe says. But the Massachusetts Board of Education rejected a Milburn bid for a charter school, "saying the company could provide ‘no evidence of a positive track record,’ that its curriculum is shoddy and that its claims of success are inflated ... ‘There is a tremendous need for alternative-type schools, but hiring overpriced babysitters is not what we need to be doing,’" a top Massachusetts BOE official said.
¨ Fort Wayne Superintendent Thomas Fowler-Finn isn’t among the naysayers, although test scores at the school remain low. "But you have to consider what we’ve done here. We literally chased after kids on the street. At least we’ve got some of them going to school. People have written me letters saying, ‘You saved my child’s life.’"
• A federal grand jury awarded School City of East Chicago teacher Lisetta Molnar $25,000 because her former principal, Lloyd Booth, retaliated against her after she allegedly rebuffed his sexual advances. Booth refused to give her a permanent classroom and failed her for her first-year internship. The district also was ordered to pay her $500.
• A Warrick County judge says a 13-year-old boy convicted of child molesting 3-year-old and 6-year-old girls in Indiana can stay in school in Kentucky. The boy is under house arrest, must be under adult supervision at all times, cannot be left alone with other children, and must undergo counseling. Circuit Judge Donald Hendrickson didn’t sent the boy to the Indiana Boys School for fear that he would be further corrupted.
• After Northwest Indiana got hit with hard snows and schools closed, the Hammond Times paraphrases a Department of Education official saying that while state law does not define what those extraordinary circumstances may be to qualify for a waiver of missed days, weather does not fall into that category and the waivers will be denied.
• State Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed (R) continues in her role as an anti-smoking spokeswoman. Several schools have requested her to speak about the issue, and she may be involved in Tar Wars and Kick Butts campaigns later this year.
• Look for the State Board of Education to propose a replacement rule to redefine safe schools and emergency preparedness planning. On a related note, we hear someone tried to figure out how much crime takes place at schools, but there’s no collection point among police, prosecutors, courts, the Department of Education or the Criminal Justice Institute.
• A new remediation guide is almost ready for distribution to all high school English and math teachers with best practices and typical types of ISTEP test questions. Look for the Department of Education to step up its public awareness about the graduation exam for current freshmen and sophomore who failed one or both sections.
• A draft version of the Department of Education’s technology plan should be coming out in about a month, with time for public comment and a final version to be considered during budget planning this summer.
• Here’s some preliminary figures are out on Universal Service Fund applications. Through March 18 (with March 19 the last day to apply), 272 Indiana school districts had applied for the first-come, first-serve funding. The districts have submitted 481 applications for funds; state officials pushed for districts to submit three separate applications for existing services, new services and internal service-to-service connections. There also were 163 applications from libraries and 12 consortium requests. The early data, however, may contain duplications or errors, and obviously doesn’t include last-day filers. The filers will need to file the second part of their application by April 15.
• According to a report by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Indiana’s science standards rank first in the nation and its math standards are in a tie for 15th. The report says Indiana’s science standards "a model for clarity, accuracy and completeness." For mathematics, the reports says the Proficiency Guide is "very good, direct, and plain" but say it overuses "activities" and "real world applications" rather than traditional mathematical content.
• The Indiana Education Employment Relations Board had 26 mediators and six fact-finding cases around the state last week, with six of them in four Northwest Indiana counties.
• Attorney General Jeff Modisett (D) sued the Springs Valley Community School Corporation in French Lick, claiming it and three members of the Orange County Common Construction Wage Committee violated Indiana’s Open Door Law. The lawsuit seeks to void how wages were determined for workers who will build a $2-million gymnasium for the Springs Valley Junior-Senior High School and Elementary School. The members allegedly determined the wages before the meeting that was schedule to set the rates.
• Carroll Chevrolet of Crown Point was one of 10 dealers nationally cited for selling or leasing vans to schools, a violation of federal law. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cited the dealership twice and fined it $1,000. NHTSA officials say they are becoming concerned over the increasing number of vans being used to transport students since federal law saws school buses are the approved vehicles to carry 10 or more students. Vans lack many of the safety devices that come with school buses, the feds contend.
• The State Board of Accounts ordered the Merrillville Harrison Middle School cheerleading sponsor to return $2,000 after she admitted to maintaining the $7,000 Cheerleading fund "in a shoebox at home." She says the used $2,000 in money orders to buy uniforms that never showed up, but she can’t prove they were ever ordered.
IN Higher Education
Marketing, continued from the front page . . .
Ball State University believes that it just needs to refine its message, and will continue to use traditional marketing methods such as advertising, media relations, and public relations, Marketing Professor Ramon Avila says. "The university’s task is to incorporate the message into every publication, video, newspaper, magazine, and television advertisement, presentation, billboard and sign," Avila says.
IN General . . .
• As part of its Lilly-fund retention efforts, Ball State University announced departmental plans. The English department will host informal dinners with student teachers and current teachers to discuss their experiences and how they cope with classroom issues. Landscape architecture students will visit professionals, who in turn will be asked to help in the academic settings.
¨ The School of Nursing will provide incoming students with peer tutoring on the weekends in a simulated clinical environment. The theatre and dance department will provide a professional audition, with students getting assessments of their performance and help with their headshots and resumes.
• Indiana State University reorganized its Division of University of Advancement by reducing the number of people reporting to the vice president for university advancement from eight to four and merging the director of community relations and marketing with the assistant vice president of university relations. ISU also creates the post of assistant vice president for development, with a national search to file the position; shifts the managing director of the ISU Foundation to the division’s planned giving efforts; and creates four subdivisions within the division.
• Indiana University’s decision to expand the speech communication department to the communication and culture department has angered some faculty. They argue the change was approved only because the faculty’s right to govern themselves had been suspended for more than a year.
• Indiana University is trying out new report cards and transcripts that not only show a student’s grade but the number of students in the class that got the same grade or better. The reports also show figures on withdrawals, majors in the class and average GPA of students in the class. The reports give a way to examine grade inflation.
¨ Both Indiana University Schools of Law ranked poorly in a National Jurist review of "the easiest graders." Indianapolis students at the 50th percentile had a 3.30 GPA, giving them the second highest grades of 87 schools with 4.0 scales. (Loyola University-Chicago was worst with 3.31). Indianapolis also trailed only Loyola for grades at the 33rd percentile at 3.40. Bloomington students at the 50th percentile came in 15th with a 3.11 GPA, making IUB 15th, and students at the 33rd percentile had a 3.23 GPA, ranking IUB 11th.
• IUPUI is starting a new Honors Programs for students with SAT scores at least 1180 or graduating in the top 15% of their high school class. The University College-run program will offer a minimum of 20 scholarships. University College is also setting up a New Generation Scholarship for students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college.
• Indiana University is trying to improve efforts to promote diversity, clime, and representation as a result of a report indicating IU has been losing ground with its affirmative action and diversity efforts. The initiative inspired IU-Southeast to replace its Affirmative Action Office with the Office of Equity and Diversity. Director Jackie Love is responsible for fostering enhanced equity and diversity within the community, investigating problems with policies, coordinate recruitment and retention programs, and represent the institution.
• Indiana University student activists are pushing a universal bus pass, which would allow all students to ride university and Bloomington buses for free . . . but implement a mandatory fee for all students of up to $35. The move also might upgrade service and routes. A similar 1992 plan was nixed due to faculty opposition because they would have paid most of the cost.
• Indiana University-Bloomington Chancellor Ken Gros Louis offers this in response to the problems an African-American history professor had with white students last fall: "Faculty can and should challenge students with unfamiliar, cutting-edge, new ideas; in turn, students should expect to have the right to respond with vigorous questions and informed opinions, to work together in the quest for knowledge. Any student who drags that kind of health dialogue down into name-calling, hostility and other forms of disruption does not belong in the classroom."
• The University of Southern Indiana hope students have a better idea of what their concentrating on by breaking the communications major into five separate majors: interpersonal- organizational communications; journalism and computer publishing; public relations and advertising; radio and television; and theatre arts.
• More race problems, this time at Manchester College where 110 minority and international students received a nasty e-mail message. Manchester convened "town hall" meetings because it may connected to problems with locals. Due to the weakness of Indiana’s hate-crime law, police and prosecutors decided there is nothing they can do about the Manchester hate e-mail because it just named groups of people rather than specific individuals.
IN Construction . . .
• Indiana University has a wish list of $200 million in buildings and renovations, starting with seven projects for 1999-2001 totaling $31.7 million in state funds and $16.7 million from other sources. At the top of the agenda: renovation and classroom addition for the business school; renovation of the library; the proton therapy center at the IU Cyclotron; Lilly Library repair; an addition and renovation of the psychology building; an auxiliary library facility; and relocation of the motor pool.
• Purdue University’s renovations of its Memorial Union continue this year with $2.1 million spent to remove and restore 1,000 windows.
• Purdue University-Calumet broke ground for the $3.5-million Hill-Stone Library Conference Center, which also will house The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana. The single story, 35,000 square feet structure will provide conference facilities for more than 500 people and offices, a library and archives for the Napoleon Hill Foundation.
IN Finance . . .
• Standard & Poor’s assigned its AA rating to Indiana University’s $27.94 million student resident system series 1998 bonds and $53.67 million student fee bonds series 1998L. Additionally, Standard & Poor’s raised its rating on: IU’s outstanding student fee bonds to AA from AA-, and IU-South Bend’s student union building bonds to A+ from A; IU-Bloomington’s Athletic Facility first mortgage bonds and Bloomington Musical Arts Center first mortgage bonds to AA- from A+. The ratings and upgrades reflect IU’s co-flagship status within Indiana’s public higher education system, growth in endowment and unrestricted resources, consistently strong financial performance, and manageable debt burden.
¨ Other interesting facts: IU and Purdue account for 65% of all state higher-education spending; state appropriations make up 44% of IU’s unrestricted fund revenues; IU has generated operating surplus of 2-5% for the last decade, although 1997 was just at 0.2 percent.
• Indiana University reports that 20 of its 650 Asian students have returned home because of the impact of the Asian financial troubles. IU has joined with the Asian Student Union to create the Asian Crisis Fund, with $16,600 to help deal with local finance problems. The union donated $10,000 of grant money received for its planned Asian Culture Center.
• Indiana University’s Center for Education and Research in Retailing established five charter members for its advisory board: KPMG International, Kohls Stores, Dayton Hudson, Mercantile Stores, and Kurt Salmon Associates. They join founding sponsor Sears Roebuck in funding the center, providing strategic direction and advising on curriculum.
• Purdue University and USA Group Inc. agreed to let USA Group handle all of Purdue’s student loan activities in an efficiency effort expected to save students $600,000 in loan fees. The bulk business of loan guarantees and other loan services means USA Group will pay a 1% guarantee fee normally paid by the student. Purdue reports it has dealt with 370 entities before and that the move gives financial aid staff more time to counsel students. Students still can set up loans through their choice of banks but won’t qualify for any savings through Purdue’s agreement with USA Group. Five lenders who handled 70% of Purdue’s business will handle USA Group’s Purdue business. The agreement last through June 2001, when it will be reevaluated.
• Buy low, sell high. Some colleges are taking that motto to emerging-market investments, but the Chronicle of Higher Education examines the wisdom with the Asian financial crisis. University of Notre Dame Scott Malpass says Asian investments are good investments, but "you know they’re risky. That’s why you only put 3 to 5 percent in them." UND has not bought or sold Asian investments in response to the crisis but is examining Russia. He visited in November to explore private equities for not-yet-public companies and will return this spring; UND may invest $10-$20 million if it finds "the right risks." Malpass recommends schools consider emerging-market investments over the a 7-10 years instead of the 3-5 years normally looked at for domestic investments.
• The University of Windsor in Ontario is offering the best students from Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio a special rate of $3,500 (American) annual tuition, below the normal rate of $6,431 for non-Canadians. UW has seen a decline in enrollment so sent out letters to 4,500 students and hopes to know by May how successful the effort is; administrators are hoping for a couple of dozen American students.
• Recent donations: Indiana State University, Urmila Mohapatra, wife of an Indiana State University political science professor, endowed the Urmila Fund for India Studies for ISU professors and other scholars interested in India studies. The fund will support visiting Indian Fulbright Scholars as well as public lectures, research projects, seminars and community outreach activities . . . ISU, $160,000 from Newburgh psychologist Bud Mitsos to become the first person to endow one of the President’s Scholars scholarships, which covers full tuition, housing, food and books . . . Indiana University-Kokomo Art Gallery, $25,000 from Cinergy Foundation . . . Purdue University, $3 million from Charles River Ventures general partner Donald Feddersen to an endowed mechanical engineering professorship . . . Purdue, $110,000 from Trustee Mamon Powers Jr. and his family’s foundation to fund the new Black Cultural Center . . . Purdue, $2.45 million from the Indianapolis Walther Cancer Institute to develop a research program aimed at increasing basic knowledge of the basis of cancer . . . the University of Notre Dame, an undisclosed amount from retired General Electric official and long-time business lecturer Richard Huether to renovate the Main Building . . . UND, an undisclosed amount to set up the Berman Endowed Scholarship for high achieving undergraduates with preference for Jewish students from South Bend . . . Taylor University, $170,000 contract with NASA to build primary payloads for a pair of rockets. Students will build instrument packages that will be the first to measure ice crystals at the edge of the earth’s atmosphere.
¨ The University of Notre Dame reports that the Megan Beeler endowed scholarship fund, honoring a UND swimmer killed in a traffic accident six years ago, is at $1.5 million and expected to grow to $2.5 million based on pledges, making it one of UND’s largest endowments. The fund also has received the widest support of all UND’s endowments, with corporations, foundations, and more than 600 UND alums and friends donating.
IN Technology . . .
• Indiana University President Myles Brand is making vague references to a university-wide contract for technology information that he says will "roll down your socks." The deal may make Bloomington materials more available to the other campuses and make satellite transmission classes more available.
• Barbara Horgan, director of information resources at Butler University, helped convene a Microsoft-sponsored gathering of education officials to discuss licensing policies in response to last year’s decision to charge a fee based on the number of computers using the software. Horgan selected one-half of the 28 educators at the meeting because she runs an electronic discussion list for CAUSE on which the issue had been discussed, the Chronicle of Higher Education says. "I think Microsoft really listened to us," said Larry Rapagnani, assistant provost for information technologies at the University of Notre Dame, who has been a vocal critic of the change. "Will all this make any difference? I don’t know."
• Ball State University has debuted a new monthly cable television series, SPOTLIGHT@BSU, designed to profile Ball State and its academic mission.
IN Transition . . .
• Indiana University’s Board of Trustees could be put in a squeeze by having too many Marion County members. Trustees Jim Morris and Robert McKinney already live in Marion County, taking up the two seats allowed by law for Marion County residents. But H.H. Gregg pitchman and former Alumni Association President Ken Beckley also lives in Marion County and is running for trustee this year, making it the first time three Marion County residents might be on the board . . . Beckley is running against incumbent and former Rep. Ray Richardson and B.J. Bischoff, who lost in last year’s election . . . Bill Cook has announced he won’t seek reappointment to the board, while P.A. Mack is willing to serve again.
• Lawrence Hanks, Indiana University’s dean of African-American affairs, resigned, citing changes in the role of advocacy deans, the lack of funding for his office and a lack of support for his goals. Local reaction was split as to the success of his administration. He underwent a rigorous and critical review last year but remains tenured in political science.
• Indiana University interviewed Rutgers University’s Pedro Caban and Arizona State University’s Arturo Rosales to be head of its new Latino Studies department . . . former IU-South Bend Chancellor Daniel Cohn settled a lawsuit with his former administrative assistant, in which she alleged he threatened to fire her if she talked about sexual harassment allegations. Cohen remains on the IUSB faculty and still faces a civil sexual harassment lawsuit.
¨ Lester Lamon resigns as IUSB’s vice chancellor for academic affairs to return to teaching. He served as acting chancellor during the Cohen-Perrin transition in 1995-97. Political Science Chair John Lewis will be acting vice chancellor . . . Edward Isibor, professor of civil engineering at Tennessee State University, is a finalist for the presidency of Kentucky State University. He has a doctorate from Purdue University . . . James Almon, Purdue University’s comptroller, will become vice president for business services and assistant treasurer. He replaces Kenneth Burns, who becomes executive vice president and treasurer with Fred Ford’s retirement . . . Purdue named three department heads: Communication, Cynthia Stohl to replace Charles Stewart, who returns to teaching; History, Gordon Mork to replace the retiring John Contreni; and Sociology and Anthropology, Associate Graduate School Dean Carolyn Perrucci to replace Dean Knudsen, who returns to teaching . . . retired CNB Bancshares Chairman Lee Cooper will speak at the University of Southern Indiana’s commencement.
• USA Group adds the Rev. William Beauchamp to its board of directors. He is executive vice president for finances, business operations and athletics for the University of Notre Dame . . . UND hired Frank Incropera as dean of its College of Engineering. Incropera stays in-state because he had been head of Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering; he replaces Anthony Michel, who returns to teaching . . . Anne Luther joins UND as director of Retreats International, part of the Institute for Church Life. She had been director of the Claret Center in Chicago and replaces the Rev. Tom Gedeon.
¨ ITT Educational Services, Inc. named four new directors: former U.S. Rep. Tony Coelho, real estate advisor Robin Josephs, Starwood Capital Group managing director Merrick Kleeman, and Starwood board chair Barry Sternlicht. They replace Bette Anderson, Robert Bowman, Margita White, and Richard Ward. Each of the ESI directors who resigned was an officer and/or director of ITT Corporation prior to the merger of Chess Acquisition Corp. with and into ITT, pursuant to which ITT became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Starwood.
• Upcoming conferences in Indiana or by Hoosier organizations . . . the American Counseling Association will gather March 28-April 1 in Indianapolis for its Empowerment Through Social Action Conference. For more info, call 800/347-6647, ext. 222 . . . the American Society for 18th-Century Studies will gather at the April 1-5 at the University of Notre Dame for its Kant and the Modern Natural Law Tradition Conference . . . the Organization of American Historians will hold its annual meeting April 2-5 in Indianapolis. For more info, call 812/855-9853 . . . the Great Lakes College Association will gather April 3-4 at Earlham College for its Women’s Studies Conference: Stories for Engagement—Lessons for Leadership. For more info, call 734/761-4833.
IN Government . . .
• U.S. Rep. Mark Souder (R), talking to students back in his district, talked about federal changes to student loans. There’s debate about raising the interest rate back up to 9% after dropping it to 7.7% in years past. "If we don’t fix this by July 1, you won’t have any student loans, period," Souder said. He says the government should stay out and let the private sector handle it.
• U.S. Rep. Mark Souder (R) was one of five Republicans on the House Education Committee to support a White House proposal to connect college with middle schools that have many low-income students to encourage them to attend college. The Higher Education Act amendment passed the committee.
¨ Souder says, "When you visit a high-risk elementary school in your district, you can see the hope and optimism in the eyes of the students there ... the same hope and optimism as in the eyes of students at more-affluent schools. But by the time these students move to junior high school, that hope has faded. I believe this new program will combat that."
• A private individual destroying free newspapers hasn’t violated Indiana law, the Indiana Court of Appeals found in a 3-0 ruling in Right Reason v. Silva, No. 71A05-9707-CV-306. Right Reason published a journal at the University of Notre Dame, and Silva destroyed 2,000 copies of it. Right Reason alleged criminal mischief and said Silva violated its free speech rights. Judge Betty Barteau, however, disagreed: "We first note that no legally cognizable claim is presented by the allegation invoking a common law right of free expression. Even if such a right existed in Indiana, Silva could not have impaired it. Silva is a private citizen, not a state actor; and we refuse to hold that a right of free expression may be impaired by someone other than a state actor."
¨ In a legal anomaly, Judge Barteau writes "the definition of the word ‘school’ is not broad enough to include the University of Notre Dame." This comes in response to Right Reason’s argument that criminal mischief complaints also apply to personal property damaged at a school. This just goes back to the 1969 Lawrence v. Cain case that defines school as K-12 and not higher education institutions. UND also fails to be defined as a community center because it is a private institution.
¨ "Because the student journals had been abandoned by Right Reason when Silva took them and disposed of them, Silva did nothing inconsistent with Right Reason’s property rights in the journals," Judge Barteau writes.
¨ The Student Press Law Center says that thefts of at least three free college newspapers have led to criminal charges, with convictions in two cases.
• The Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved plans from the University of Southern Indiana for two new 54-unit residence halls. The halls are expected to cost $8,937,826 and be more like apartments than traditional living units. But because of previous complaints that USI does not do enough recruiting of in-region students (who then end up attending but living at home or off campus), the Commission used this opportunity to encourage USI to recruit students from its region. The Commission will allow future campus-housing construction as long as there are 100 new FTE students from USI’s region for every 55 new beds USI want to add to campus housing.
• Purdue University implemented a hiring freeze with its Cooperative Extension Service and School of Agriculture because the legislature didn’t provide them with additional funds. Purdue had asked the state to add $3.2 million to the state budget for county-educator salaries, thereby insulating them from federal budget problems.
• Some heated discussion took place at the recent Indiana Commission for Higher Education meeting regarding the Biennial Budget Instructions for 1999-2001. The degree completion performance funding initiative calls for most schools to get $4,000 per completed Associate degree and $8,000 per completed Baccalaureate degree. But Indiana University-Bloomington and Purdue University-West Lafayette will get $12,000 per completed Baccalaureate degree, with the Commission reasoning that their already high degree completion rates (about 71%) means they’ll need more money to show an improvement in the completion rate.
¨ Ivy Tech State College and IUPUI argued it isn’t fair that IU and Purdue get more money. Ball State University said the problem is not with the difference between the $8,000 and $12,000, but the tradition to keep things even between the schools. Despite the arguments, the Commission approved the plan.
IN the Future
03/20/98 DOE Adult Literacy Coalition Mtg
10:00 am 4th Flr Conf Rms C-D, 251 E Ohio St, Indpls
03/20/98 IN Education Savings Authority Bd Mtg
3:00 pm Conf Ctr Rm TBA, IGC-South
03/25/98 IN Education Employment Relations Bd Mtg
2:00 pm Rm N1045, IGC-North
03/26/98 DOE Adult Education Division Federal Grant Hrg
9:30 am Central Indiana Regional Service Ctr, 6321 LaPas Trail, Indpls
03/31/98 IN State Teachers’ Retirement Fund Bd Mtg
10:00 am Suite 300, 150 W Market St, Indpls