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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.


Fewer people are signing up to become teachers in Indiana. The number of new licenses dropped over 10,000 in three school years.  Hoping to combat the trend, lawmakers are focusing on two new actions taking aim at this problem.

The first attempt to increase the teaching force in Indiana comes from the legislature, which kicked off its 2016 session this week. House Speaker Brian Bosma says he will file a bill that creates a new program, called the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship.

Lawmakers: 'Is There REALLY A Teacher Shortage?'

Oct 29, 2015
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Statehouse discussions on how to address a teacher shortage are centered largely on why and whether there's a shortage to begin with.

The number of Hoosiers earning education degrees has dropped about a third over the last decade. Sen. Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) contends there's a direct cause and effect from what he charges are "punitive" evaluations and increasing public criticism of teachers by lawmakers and other leaders.

Possible Solutions To Indiana Teacher Shortage Differ

Aug 24, 2015
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By now you’ve likely heard this headline: Indiana – like many other states across the country – is facing a teacher shortage.

The number of first-year educators granted a state license dropped by 25-percent last year. For the most part, people agree this drop could represent a troubling trend.

Where they tend to disagree is in what part of a teacher’s career they want to employ a solution. 

Ivy Tech

The Indiana General Assembly allocated nearly $2 billion for the state’s colleges in this year's budget – including money for new building projects. The only institution that didn’t receive funding for one of those projects is Ivy Tech Community College.    

​Senator Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) was one of the architects of that $31 billion budget Gov. Mike Pence signed into law. As he was reviewing requests from the state’s colleges for more than $761 million in capital projects, there was a phone call.

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There’s been a lot of emphasis in recent years about making sure Indiana high school students are “college and career ready” upon graduation.

But is it possible to accomplish both? Or would a more accurate goal be for students to be college or career ready?

The Indiana Career Council is in the process of redesigning the high school diploma requirements for the state’s public schools beginning with the class of 2022.

The goal is to make sure whatever path students choose, they are getting as high a level of academic challenge as possible.

IU President Proposes 2-Year Tuition Freeze

May 21, 2015
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Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is calling for a two-year tuition freeze for in-state students attending the university’s Bloomington campus. 

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says McRobbie’s proposal to freeze tuition for in-state students at the Bloomington campus and raise tuition by an average of 1.65% for the other regional campuses is in line with the recommendations the commission made last week.

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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.

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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.

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Think about what it might mean to “get ready.”

When you prepare to leave the house in the morning, you might take a shower or pour yourself a cup of coffee. If you’re gearing up for a job interview, you might dry clean your suit or update your resume.

What you do depends on which situation you’re preparing for – which is part of the issue with the phrase “college and career ready.”