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Educational Studies
Welcome to Educational Studies!

Mission Statement

The Department of Educational Studies is a learning community engaged in the preparation of educators, the discovery of knowledge, and the promotion of social justice.

Dear students, friends, family members, alumni, and local citizens . . . . 

Welcome to the Department of Educational Studies! 

Your donations today will contribute to the professional development of our faculty/staff and students. They will also help us promote the student and faculty interactions within our local community. 

 Thank you for making a difference!

Donations for Professional Development, Scholarships, & Technology

The Department of Educational Studies offers a wide variety of programs to fit the educational and research needs of undergraduate and graduate (PhD and EdD) students. 



Students can pursue a number of topics in the fields of education, training, and professional development, including:

  • Educational foundations
  • Philosophy
  • Educational technology
  • Multicultural education
  • Curriculum 
  • Adult and community education
  • Secondary education, and 
  • Institutional research


Your donations will support both faculty and students, such as providing scholarship support for students, creating a sense of diverse community, and assisting faculty and students with their professional development.

Donations Make An Impact In Our Community

Our faculty members and staff actively interact with students and families within the local community.


Please see the example of Muncie Community Facebook that we created for the local community and also the pictures of the local citizens attending the activities provided by us:


Your donations will help us implement programs  and educational activities for Muncie and the local communities around campus.



$25,000 Surprise Challenge
$750,000 will unlock $25,000 for Student Emergency Aid, Student Scholarships, Cardinal Kitchen, Cardinal Excellence Fund, and SOAR. Each area will receive $5,000 thanks to an anonymous donor.
Morning Challenge
From 8 - 11 a.m., five donors will be selected at random and $1,000 will be given to the fund their gift went to.
First Student, Employee, Alumni, & Parent Challenge
The first student, employee, parent, and alumni donor will each receive $250 given to the fund their gift went to.
Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight April 6 receive $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 1,082
2 $3,000 Communication Studies 409
3 $1,000 School of Music 163
4 School of Journalism and Strategic Communication 160
5 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 127
Evening Leaderboard
The 5 areas that raise the most money from 7-11:59pm each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Unit Raised
1 $1,000 Athletics $38,306.54
2 $1,000 Indiana Academy $14,305.00
3 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $11,450.22
4 $1,000 Alumni Programs $5,770.00
5 $1,000 Black Alumni Constituent Society $4,180.00
First Five!
One Ball State Day, 24-hours of inspiration and impact, starts now. The first 5 academic areas to receive a gift will each receive $500 in challenge funds.
Tag & Swag Social Media Challenge
Take a selfie with any of our Leadership cut outs and post social using #OneBallState. Four individuals will be randomly chosen to designate $250 to a fund of their choice.
Donor Leaderboard
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 812
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 633
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 278
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 184
5 $1,000 School of Music 126
Evening Donor Leaderboard
The five areas with the most donors between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. will each receive $1,000 in challenge dollars.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Athletics 161
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 149
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 50
4 $1,000 Communication Studies 47
5 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 27
Teachers College Leaderboard
The Teachers College department with the most improved number of gifts from OBSD 2021 will receive $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $250 for third place from Dean Marri.
Rank Prize Department % +/- Goal
1 $500 Educational Studies +179.17% 67
goal: 24
2 $250 Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies +37.50% 55
goal: 40
3 $250 Elementary Education +18.31% 84
goal: 71
4 Educational Leadership -15.38% 55
goal: 65
5 Special Education -50.99% 74
goal: 151
International Alum Challenge
The first international alum to make a gift on One Ball State Day will get $500 in challenge funds designated to the fund their gift went to.
General Counsel Match
Sali Falling will match gifts made by General Counsel employees up to $500.
Teachers College $15,000 Match
The first $15,000 given to support the Teachers College will be matched by BSU Grad Tom Murphy for a total of up to $15,000, which will benefit future educators.
$15,000 MATCHED
College Leaderboard
The three colleges with the biggest percentage of increased gifts from OBSD 2021 will receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.
Rank Prize College % +/- Goal
1 $3,000 Honors College +17.39% 108
goal: 92
2 $2,000 College of Health +12.42% 335
goal: 298
3 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning -7.93% 209
goal: 227
4 Teachers College -10.92% 848
goal: 952
5 Miller College of Business -12.21% 410
goal: 467
Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red
Gifts from all 50 states will unlock $5,000 from the Alumni Council!
College Leaderboard
The college that has the most donors receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize College Donors
1 $5,000 College of Fine Arts 855
2 Teachers College 721
3 College of Sciences and Humanities 659
4 College of Communication, Information, and Media 629
5 Miller College of Business 387
Ambassador Challenge
The three units/departments with the most verified ambassadors, with dollars raised, receives $1,000.
Facebook Challenge
Share the official One Ball State Day videos on Facebook and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
Twitter Challenge
Share the official One Ball State Day videos on Twitter and use #OneBallState. Two participants will get to donate $500 in challenge funds toward their favorite area.
Noon Leaderboard
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by noon receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Unit Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 296
2 Athletics 272
3 Indiana Academy 130
4 Ball State Fund 107
5 Student Scholarships 86
Dean Cutout Selfie Challenge
Provost Susana Rivera-Mills will donate $100 for each dean who takes a selfie with her cut out and/or the cut out of another dean and posts it to social media using #OneBallState on April 5. This total gift of up to $5,000 will benefit the University College.
Last Hour Challenge
Give during the last hour of OBSD and you could be one of three donors chosen to designate an extra $1,000 to the area you gave to.
Ball State University Foundation Challenge
If the Foundation reaches 100% employee participation, Jean Crosby & Ray Allen will give a total of $1,000.
Enrollment Planning & Management Employee Challenge
If the number of enrollment planning, and management employees who donate is greater than last year, Vice President Paula Luff will donate $2,000 to Student Emergency Aid Fund.
IT Employee Match
Loren Malm will match gifts made by IT division employees up to $500.
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