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Academic Long-Range Plan Update

Contributed by: Gail L Werner
Published: Tuesday, 05 November 2013 9:00 AM

We are extremely pleased to be able to share with you the next steps in our development of an academic long-range plan that will guide the university for the next 20-30 years. Progress has been swift since the fall semester began. We recently launched a new website at On this site, much like a similar forum devoted to the university's parallel campus master planning process, you can offer your own feedback about Ball State's future, as well as respond and react to the feedback of others.

Lively discussion on the forum will be fueled by opportunities for all of us to hear informed perspectives on the environment facing higher education and its future from nationally renowned experts. To inform our conversations and guide our actions, the steering committee is seeking speakers to visit campus.

Rich DeMillo is a distinguished professor of computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the director of the Center for 21st Century Universities. He has authored more than 100 articles, books, and patents, including the 2011 book Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities.

Jeff Selingo is the former top editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Currently a contributing editor at The Chronicle and professor of practice at Arizona State University, he recently authored the acclaimed College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students.

Both speakers will be visiting campus in the coming months, and we will announce details as they become available. If you have additional suggestions for speakers, please contact a member of the steering committee.

We are truly energized by the prospect of the lively discussions stimulated by these presentations and facilitated by the new online forum, as is the rest of the steering committee. We look forward to your input and wish you the best as the semester continues.


Terry King, Provost and Committee Co-chair

Dave Pearson, Senate Chair and Committee Co-chair

Kip Shawger, Faculty Council Chair and Committee Co-chair