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College Value Focus Of State Of Higher Ed Address

Gretchen Frazee

During the fourth State of Higher Education address Wednesday, Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers focused on increasing the value of higher ed in Indiana, and says the commission can  work to ensure college and credential programs lead students to jobs.

To do this, Lubbers says universities must partner with employers to provide internship opportunities for students.

“We know that internships are the number one college experience that leads to a job and one of the best and most effective ways to reduce Indiana’s brain drain,” Lubbers says. “Yet too few college programs include an internship as part of earning a degree.”

She also says the Commission will work with universities to make sure a student graduates knowing how to think critically. She says students will have tangible skills as well that are in demand by employers.

She also reiterated her goal to have 60 percent of Hoosiers earn a credential past high school by 2025. 

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