Graduation Rates

Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech officials say they welcome a state-ordered review of the school’s programs.

Legislators instructed the Commission for Higher Education to examine which degree programs have the lowest graduation rates, and either restructure or eliminate them.

Ivy Tech president Tom Snyder says the studies which alarmed legislators – including one showing only four-percent of students graduate in four years -- predate changes the school has made over the last seven years to address graduation issues.

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Indiana‘s higher education commissioner says Ivy Tech‘s anemic on-time graduation rates are partly a case of growing pains.

Just 4-percent of Ivy Tech students earn their degrees in four years. Even after six years, the figure is just 28-percent -- well below the figures for community colleges in other states.

Teresa Lubbers notes Ivy Tech evolved from a vocational school to a state community college network just 10 years ago. And she says the school receives a higher percentage of students who need remedial work on basic skills.

Higher Ed Commissioner Pushes Internships In Annual Address

Feb 24, 2015
courtesy State of Indiana

Indiana’s higher education commissioner says the state needs to focus on a more meaningful hands-on learning style if it wants more Hoosiers to take a chance on college. 

Indiana’s goal is to have 60-percent of Hoosiers complete a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.  And the state has a way to go.  It’s listed among the bottom 10 states when it comes to college completion.

In her “State of Higher Education” address, commissioner Teresa Lubbers says students want more practical experience from their courses. 

Purdue Athletics

There are many approaches to recruiting athletes to play Division I sports, but Purdue unwittingly tried a new one recently – send an athlete nothing at all.

On this edition of Off The Field with Morgan Burke, we’ll ask about that humorous instance of “minimalist recruitment,” but also some more serious questions about how colleges select their student-athletes. And that’s really the operative term – STUDENT-athletes.

West Lafayette Community School Corporation’s graduation rate is among the best in the state.

More than 98-percent of students graduated from the district in the 2010-2011 school year, according to recent data from the state Department of Education.

Indiana’s average is 85.7 percent which is more than 1.5-percent better than the previous year.

Tippecanoe and Lafayette School Corporation both fall below the state rate.

TSC graduated more than 83-percent, while LSC’s rate is 80-percent.