Established in the 1865, Indiana Normal College opened its doors in 1860. The university was renamed to Indiana State University in 1965. It was ranked by the Princeton Review in 2010 as one of the best colleges in the Midwest and by Forbes in 2011 as one of the nation’s best colleges, according to its website. It gives its students the option of more than 80 undergraduate and 90 graduate programs. An Indiana online university, it is also accredited by the HLC. Its online degree programs are quite extensive; its online bachelors degree and minor offerings include, but are not limited to, human resource development, accounting, and nursing. Its graduate and doctoral degrees are also broad, with degrees such as criminology and criminal justice, sport management, and school administration; the university’s online nursing programs are particularly well-respected, as their graduate-level program is recognized by U.S. News & World Report.
Western Governors University (WGU) was established by state governors in 1997 as an online college meant to provide affordable, high-quality, accredited online education to busy adults. In 2010, the state of Indiana partnered with WGU to bring that mission to Indianans. The university is accredited regionally by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and nationally by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC); many of its schools, for example, its nursing and teachers colleges, also have specialized accreditation. It offers its diverse student body more than 50 accredited programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Examples of some of its online programs are Bachelor of Art or Science in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Marketing Management, and Master of Science or Art in Educational Leadership, Science Education, Nursing, and Health Informatics.
Indianapolis’ biggest industries are health care and manufacturing. Its health care industry is quite large, with pharmaceuticals, insurance, and hospitals being some of the city’s largest employers. For instance, Eli Lilly is a huge, global pharmaceutical company started by the famous late-19th century chemist and soldier, Eli Lilly. Another large employer in this Indianapolis industry is WellPoint, a health insurance company that is a licensee of Blue Cross and Blue Shield in many U.S. states. To enter into these industries, online students can seek degrees in nursing, pharmacy sciences, hospital administration, sales, business administration, or accounting.
Manufacturing is another of Indianapolis’ biggest industries, with Cummins being one of its largest manufacturing employers. Cummins designs and manufactures engines for industrial and commercial uses, as well as turbochargers, filtration systems, and much more. The company was established in Indiana in the early 1900s and remains a huge part of its economy today. Those seeking careers with Cummins and other Indianapolis manufacturing companies might choose to earn their degrees in electrical engineering, operations management, quality assurance, or industrial engineering.