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Teachers College Dean’s Excellence Fund 

Historically, Ball State Teachers College has been an innovator in a variety of areas that have brought national and international recognition and enhanced its reputation. 

Some illustrations include: 

  • One of the first colleges of education in the United States to partner with Apple Computer, Inc., in a laptop requirement of all teacher education majors 
  • A student teaching program in the Department of Defense Education Activity schools (DoDEA) in Germany that has lasted more than 15 years with over 200 student teachers participating 
  • A leader in the development and delivery of more than 50 Electronic Field Trips (EFTs) broadcast over a 13-year period with some of the world’s greatest museums, agencies, and organizations – Smithsonian Museums of Air and Space, American Indian, and Natural History; U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; National Parks – Carlsbad Caverns, Grand Tetons, and Grand Canyon; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Baseball Hall of Fame, and many others
  • Professional development opportunities ranging from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) training to Restorative Justice workshops. 

The Teachers College Dean’s Excellence Fund has provided support for these and many other initiatives. It has also been used for: 

  • Market research studies on programs to determine viability and areas for future growth
  • Activities of the Dean’s Advisory Council, alumni who meet twice a year to review programs, initiatives, plans, and ideas and engage in planning
  • Initiatives of the Teachers College Alumni Society, alumni who meet twice a year to select scholarship recipients, select alumni award winners, select innovative teaching grant recipients and plan special events 
  • Gatherings with alumni across the nation to share updates on Teachers College accomplishments and learn more about their many successes. 

Having access to discretionary funds is one of the most critical needs for the Teachers College. Being able to respond quickly to opportunities, to meet challenges, and to engage alumni and others is essential to our future and our reputation. 


Your gift will be used to support the kind of initiatives that can make a significant difference for our faculty, students, alumni, and education partners.

Unlock $1,000 for Take Flight!
Cardinals help Cardinals, and 500 gifts by noon unlocks $1,000 for the Take Flight fund.
500 / 500 Gifts
College Leaderboard
The college with the most gifts by midnight will receive $2,000 to support students' greatest needs!
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $2,000 College of Fine Arts 1,749
2 $1,000 College of Communication, Information, and Media 839
3 $500 College of Sciences and Humanities 396
4 Teachers College 336
5 Miller College of Business 237
Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight will receive $8,000, $4,000 and $2,000 in challenge funds respectively for the benefit of students' greatest needs.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $8,000 Theatre & Dance 1,367
2 $4,000 Journalism 315
3 $2,000 School of Music 312
4 Communication Studies 180
5 Special Education 92
Evening Leaderboard
The needs of our students are greater than ever. The eight areas with the most donors between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. will each receive $1,000 thanks to challenge dollars given by donors.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 163
2 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 73
3 $1,000 Athletics 61
4 $1,000 Journalism 39
5 $1,000 Dance Marathon 38
Educational Studies Match
Dr. Richard Seymour will match the first 10 gifts of $20.20 to the Educational Studies department!
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