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Ball State announces capital campaign, master's degree

Ball State University has announced a $20 million capital campaign, Cardinal Commitment: Developing Champions, to fund improvements and expansion of athletic facilities.

The George and Frances Ball Foundation has committed $3 million in support of the campaign's goals, the university said Saturday.

Private support generated by the campaign will be invested in facilities that include:

  • A Court Sports Practice Facility for men's and women's basketball and men's and women's volleyball, including a large practice area, new basketball locker rooms, and renovated and expanded volleyball locker rooms
  • A new ballpark complex for softball and baseball that will include new press boxes, dugouts and grandstands as well as a team room, officials' and coaches' locker rooms and guest amenities such as restrooms and concessions
  • A football team complex including new space for full-team meetings and other needs
  • A men's and women's indoor golf practice facility to include hitting bays, a putting green, team locker rooms, coaches' offices and an area for swing analysis equipment
  • Additional enhancements to existing facilities.
In other university news, the Ball State Board of Trustees approved a new master of science degree in software engineering, offered through the Department of Computer Science in the College of Sciences and Humanities.

"Indiana has a growing industry of software-intensive businesses, especially in the greater Indianapolis area," President Jo Ann M. Gora said. "These burgeoning companies need a steady supply of employees who are well-prepared to lead in these high-paying jobs. This degree program fills an important need for students as well as the state."

The U.S. Department of Labor lists the median pay for software engineers at $90,530, with an anticipated growth rate of 30 percent over the next decade, Provost Terry King said. While entry-level positions in this field require a bachelor's degree, a master's degree is preferred for leadership roles, the university said.