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State Offers Virtual Help As FAFSA Deadline Looms

Apr 10, 2020
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The state deadline to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is less than a week away, and the state is hosting a virtual event Monday night to offer support for students who still need to file while stuck at home.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education unveiled its latest strategic plan Tuesday during the annual State of Higher Education address. 

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.

The accountability system for Indiana's public schools could change. Yet whether that means added flexibility to the controversial A-F format or blowing up the system entirely remains to be seen.

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

Higher Ed Commission Approves Purdue-Kaplan Merger

Aug 11, 2017
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After fewer than six minutes of public discussion Thursday afternoon, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved Purdue University’s plan to merge with online educator Kaplan University.

The ICHE is one of a handful of bodies that has to sign off on the merger before it can officially proceed and the educational offerings of the two institutions may become one.

New data from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education shows students are completing college sooner than in years past. But completion rates for minority students are still behind those of their white classmates.

Overall, 1 in 3 Indiana college students graduates on-time.

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More Hoosiers are now completing college in a timely fashion, according to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

But black and Hispanic students are still far less likely than white students to graduate on time.

About two-thirds of Indiana students now receive a bachelor’s degree within six years. 

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A report out this week finds improvement for the number of Indiana high school graduates ready for college. However, the state Commission for Higher Education says the achievement gap for poor and minority students persists.

The commission's annual Indiana College Readiness report found 82 percent of Hoosier students who enrolled in college in 2014 were prepared for coursework -- an improvement of five percentage points.

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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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