When Ryan Korstange and I first talked about this idea of “creating a university from scratch,” I had no idea what the end product would be. I don't think he knew either. As he recounts in his interchapter contribution, it all began with the lottery. More specifically, it began when the Powerball first hit $1 billion. I was in our Dean's Office suite at Indiana University Kokomo talking with our administrative assistants and I declared that if I won $1 billion that I would start my own university. But how would you do that? I really had no answer, but I knew that Ryan was the type of person who would appreciate such a question. He arrived in Kokomo a few days later, and we headed up to the Chicago area for a conference.

We couldn't shake the questions. How would you create a university from scratch? How would you...

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