Teresa Lubbers

FAFSA Deadline Looms

Mar 9, 2015
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A reminder to parents and college students, if you haven‘t filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, the deadline is tomorrow.

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says not filling out the application means you risk not getting any financial aid.

That includes aid from the federal government, the state, schools, and private entities.

Higher Ed Commissioner Pushes Internships In Annual Address

Feb 24, 2015
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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. 

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Leading up to his State of Union address tonight, President Obama announced he wants to make community college tuition free to encourage more people to get education beyond high school.

It’s a goal many people can get behind, but advocates in Indiana are more excited about the national platform for the conversation than the president’s proposal.

High School Education Is ‘Not Enough’

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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants to help college students finish their degrees on time, unveiling Monday its ’15 to Finish’ campaign. 

Tthe initiative is a coordinated, statewide effort to inform students, parents, and advisors about the importance of taking 15 credit hours per semester.

Only 30-percent of Hoosiers complete a bachelor’s degree on time.  And an extra year of college costs an average of $50,000 . 

The first study of college completion rates in Indiana indicates only about 30-percent of students at the state‘s four-year public colleges and universities finish school within four years, and only half get their degree within six years.

For Purdue, 37-percent of nontransferring students seeking bachelor’s degrees graduate within four years at the West Lafayette campus

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says the information is troubling.

She says the longer it takes to get a degree, the more it costs students and the state.

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says it will take a joint effort from students, the state and its colleges and universities to meets the needs of a changing workforce.  She made the comment during the inaugural State of Higher Education address.

Currently, less than a third of Hoosiers have completed education beyond high school.  Lubbers says it will be hard to improve that figure when people don’t see an adequate return on investment from higher education.

Federal college loan rates could double this summer, and one research group says if that happens it will cost Hoosier students as much as $270 million.

Congress is currently debating whether to extend low student loan interest rates for another year while a long-term rate is negotiated.  A study by the Indiana Public Interest Research Group shows that, by keeping the rate at 3.4% for just another year, each student would save more than $900 in loan debt for each year they’re in school.

IN college readiness

Apr 16, 2012

Reports released Monday by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education are aimed at helping high schools identify ways to improve students’ college readiness.

The Commission’s college readiness reports look at Indiana’s 2010 high school graduating class. That includes how many went to college, what level of degrees they’re trying to earn and how many needed remediation.  Though the only data available is from students who went to public colleges or universities, the Commission is hoping to incorporate private schools next year.