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.
"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.