Anderson University has been selected as one of four winning institutions of the 2008 Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund competition, a competitive grant established by the Ball Brothers Foundation (Muncie, Indiana) and administered by the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI).
In all, the four selected institutions will share $60,000 in seed funding for campus start-up initiatives aimed at stimulating creativity and innovation and fostering competition and collaboration among the states 31 independent colleges and universities. In addition to AU, other winning institutions are Indiana Tech (Fort Wayne), Marion College, and Taylor University.
Now in its tenth year, the Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund has disbursed more than $600,000 for 26 innovative start-up initiatives on Indiana's independent campuses. The 2008 recipients were chosen from a field of 27 proposals submitted by 21 ICI member colleges and universities.
AU is using its $17,000 in seed funding for an on-line tutoring program that will be designed and implemented by its computer science students, providing them with hands-on experience in program development, design, and management. This tutoring program will then be available to all students in an on-line, interactive setting.
"I am delighted whenever funding agencies external to the university can help us to help students," said Dr. Carl Caldwell, vice-president for Academic Affairs and Dean. "This initiative engages students in two different ways. First students in the Software Research Center will, in collaboration with the Kissinger Learning Center, design the software for the on-line tutoring program. Second, students will be the beneficiaries of the tutoring program."
"I am very excited about the possibilities for student success that the on-line tutoring program will provide to AU students year round," said Dianna Stankiewicz, director of Learning Assistance Programs the Anderson University Kissinger Learning Center. "Greater rates of success should be reflected in higher retention rates, therefore this program is a win-win and for that I am truly grateful to the Ball Venture Fund Grant."
The recipients were selected by a panel of judges, including Rich Spisak, Ball Brothers Foundation; Larry C. Cimino, retired, Eli Lilly and Company; Jill R. Kramer, Lumina Foundation for Education; Joseph A. Slash, the Indianapolis Urban League; and Sue Richardson, Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation.
Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) is a nonprofit corporation that represents the states 31 nonprofit, accredited, undergraduate degree-granting institutions of higher education. ICI member institutions enroll more than 83,000 students (approximately 23 percent of all students statewide) and annually produce 31 percent of all bachelors degrees in Indiana.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.