Ball State University has offset cuts in state appropriations this year because of an entrepreneurial initiative that aims to take learning from the classroom and apply it to real-world settings.
State lawmakers cut Ball State's operating appropriation by $1.5 million over the next two years but increased funding for the "Entrepreneurial University" initiative by more than $4 million.
Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers tells The Star Press (http://tspne.ws/18SIRKj ) that the commission had not recommended the increase but that lawmakers included it in the budget passed April 29.
Commission chief financial officer Jason Dudich says Ball State was rewarded for growth in some master's and doctoral degrees but noted that the university had the largest drop in bachelor's degrees among four-year state schools from 2006 to 2011.
Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com
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