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AASCU Launches Red Balloon Project,  "Re-imagining Undergraduate Education"
William McKinney
William McKinney, VCAA 

In this new century, three forces - declining funding, rising expectations, and rapidly developing technology - will profoundly challenge public higher education. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Red Balloon Project, "Re-imagining Undergraduate Education," seeks to address these issues, so vital to those of us in higher education.


The Project's blog features the IPFW campus and an article by Red Balloon campus leader William McKinney, vice chancellor for academic affairs.


In the National Spotlight

  • From First Bell, the newsletter for the American Society of Engineering Education:  "New IPFW Bridge Wins National Recognition," citing the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette story about the Ron Venderly Family Bridge being named "one of the outstanding pieces of bridge and transportation engineering in the country in 2010."

If you have made a presentation at a national venue or if your work is recognized in a national publication, please let us know. Submit one paragraph with the date, place, and name of the presentation or publication, and a link to a full description. We will include you in the National Spotlight column so your colleagues may congratulate you for your accomplishment.

Make 17th Omnibus Season Memorable

Omnibus Lecture Series LogoIn 2011-2012 we will celebrate the 17th season of the Omnibus Lecture Series and welcome the 100th speaker. The committee would like your input to help make this a memorable anniversary season.


A committee of campus and community representatives is responsible for the Omnibus slate. Working with a modest budget, each year they strive to find lectures on current issues in six categories:

  • Arts, Entertainment, Sports
  • Economics, Technology
  • Literature, History
  • Media, Commentator, Political
  • Science, Environment
  • Social, Humanitarian, Religion

Criteria for speakers are diversity, mainstream name recognition, broad perspective, and non-esoteric presentation style. If you have suggestions, go to the Omnibus Lecture Series Web site or contact Kelly Shanks.

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