Category: Education

Teaching How to Think Instead of What to Think

School choice promotes excellence, increases competition and saves money.

It would be wonderful if every American could read the impressions of Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote “Democracy in America.” Educators should be teaching how to think instead of what to think. In the spring issue of this magazine, a superintendent was critical of the Choice Scholarship program in Indiana. The article alleged some three-tier system …

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Time to Support Public Schools

It’s not good business to cause financial hardship for schools.

If economic development is in any way related to the quality of public education, then business leaders must demand a shift in public education policy that places public schools as the top priority. The ability of any community to attract new economic development is dependent upon having a skilled and available work force. Only a …

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Posted in Business, Education, Fall 2014, Viewpoint | Leave a comment

The Brains for Business

Steve Dunphy, Ph.D., is associate
professor of management for Indiana
University Northwest.

Campuses taking the lead in encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.

by Shari Held

Education and entrepreneurship. It’s a winning combination that’s only going to become more prominent in years to come. Institutions of higher education are teaching students the skills they need to start their own small businesses so they earn a livelihood or maybe even become millionaires (think Mark Zuckerberg). And more important, their innovations …

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Reaching for the Stars

PREPARING FOR SPACEWALKS Underwater astronaut training campers build a PVC
structure in a pool, simulating the type of training astronauts face in the Neutral
Buoyancy Lab in Houston as they prepare for missions that involve spacewalks.

Challenger Learning Center promotes science, engineering and space.

by Michael Puente

Educators often stress to students to “reach for the stars.” When Rebecca Manis says it, she means it, literally. “Our mission is to inspire and engage students in the STEM fields, science, technology, engineering and math. We do it through simulation. We try to make it as realistic as possible and expose them to …

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A Win-Win Arrangement

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE Sean Kunzman carefully monitors his research
in the Purdue University North Central Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
Lab, which allows mechanical engineering students to learn on the same
equipment and materials they’ll find on the job.

Colleges are providing students to local businesses in exchange for pre-career services. What’s the catch? Apparently, there is none. The benefits are real, and university/business partnerships are growing to a new level.

by Jacqueline von Ogden

In today’s world, job-bound college students may be better prepared than their predecessors. Throughout the last decade, the traditional route of college students finding internships and working as an …

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Purdue offers veterinarian business class

WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and College of Veterinary Medicine are teaming up to offer veterinarians and their staffs graduate-level business skills.

The Veterinary Practice Management Program (VPMP) provides 72 hours of instruction to help veterinary professionals manage the business side of their practices.

“Veterinarians and their staffs face an increasingly competitive business environment,” said Willie Reed, dean of veterinary medicine. …

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2 Ivy Tech administrators retire

SOUTH BEND – Ivy Tech Community College has announced that two administrators have retired.

Chuck Philip, vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Jeff Fisher, director of financial aid, have retired. Philip has been vice chancellor since 2008 and from 2002 to 2008 was a vice president and executive dean at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Fisher had been with the north central regional …

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Indiana hosts Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange

WEST LAFAYETTE – Indiana and Kentucky dairy producers will tour a series of north-central Indiana dairy operations July 30-31 when Purdue Extension and University of Kentucky Extension host the 2013 Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange.

The annual event, which includes tours of six farms, this year will focus on ways technology can improve dairy operations. It also is an opportunity for dairy producers, farm employees and anyone …

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Challenger Learning Center gets ArcelorMittal grant

HAMMOND – The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana has received a grant from ArcelorMittal to help fund programs for teachers and students in East Chicago, Gary and Whiting, as well as support the center’s general fundraising efforts.

The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana is a space science education center and field trip destination located on the campus of Purdue University Calumet. The Center …

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PNC’s Dworkin speaker at Baseball Hall of Fame

WESTVILLE – Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin recently participated in the Baseball Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture. The three-day symposium brought together experts from across the nation to examine the impact of baseball on American culture.

The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture was jointly sponsored by the State University of New York

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