Commission for Higher Education

The window to file the Free Application For Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, for the 2020 school year opened this month.

Students equipped with more advanced high school diplomas perform better in college, according to a new report highlighting the need for schools to offer more support for low-income students and students of color.

A new report from the Commission for Higher Education shows Hoosiers enrolling in college at slightly lower rates than two years ago.

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee. (Zach Herndon/WTIU)
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Indiana’s public universities made their funding requests to Senate legislators Tuesday as that chamber’s budget hearings are underway.

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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.

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A state program that covers up to 100-percent of college tuition is seeing more students ready to graduate in four years. State officials credit the rise to a 2013 law requiring students complete a certain number of credits each year -- or lose their aid.

Commissioner of Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says there’s only so much state financial aid money available.

“You always have limited state dollars, so you want to spread those as broadly as you can to benefit the largest number of students,” Lubbers says.

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A national survey of college students and hiring managers shows 80 percent of employers want new hires to have completed an internship…but only eight percent of students say they’ve invested time in those opportunities.  The Commission for Higher Education launched an initiative Monday aimed at improving Indiana’s talent pipeline.