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Bill to change teacher prep programs passes Senate

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation that makes changes to the teacher education preparation programs passed the Indiana Senate on Tuesday. The bill, authored by Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis, requires the Department of Education to establish standards for the continuous improvement of the teaching programs and the performance of individuals who complete them by […]

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High school seniors can receive help with FAFSA app on College Goal Sunday

By Jessica Wray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier high school seniors and parents will have the opportunity for assistance with online paperwork to apply for college financial aid during College Goal Sunday Feb. 23. Financial aid experts will be at 17 Ivy Tech Community College campuses around the state, as well as 22 other sites, helping […]

Video & story: Indiana part of national initiative to help college students graduate with less debt

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Video & story: Indiana part of national initiative to help college students graduate with less debt

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence talks higher ed grant from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday that Indiana is one of three states selected to lead a national initiative aimed at ensuring more college students graduate on time and with less debt. The initiative, sponsored by the Lumina […]

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Ivy Tech combines Evansville, Bloomington, Tell City locations into one region

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will combine its Bloomington and Southwest regions and appoint one chancellor to oversee the campuses in both areas as part of a larger reorganization of the statewide school. The change comes as chancellors in both regions retire and the school is moving toward larger regions in […]

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Bill to evaluate teacher prep programs passed Senate

By Jessica Wray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a measure unanimously Tuesday that would create an evaluation system for Indiana’s colleges of education. The bill would also require teacher preparation programs to file additional information about preparation programs and teaching candidates with the Indiana Department of Education. The DOE would also be required to […]

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Teacher prep programs would get evaluations under bill passed by House

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House has passed legislation that’s meant to boost graduation rates and college preparation by helping schools hire better teachers. According to House Bill 1388, schools must provide thorough evaluations of teachers in an effort to raise graduation rates and prepare students for college in Indiana high schools. HB […]

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Bill to study teaching education programs advances to full House

By Halie Solea TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee amended and then passed a bill that will require more teacher evaluations and closer observation of college teaching programs. The bill’s author, Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis, said that House Bill 1388 will “help superintendents and principals find which schools are graduating with the brightest and best […]

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Higher ed chief says Hoosiers must be better educated

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers said in a speech Wednesday night that it is imperative that Hoosiers are better educated and prepared for the workforce. “Indiana is in the midst of economic transformation that demands more highly educated and skilled citizens,” Lubbers said. “The old model simply won’t produce […]

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Pence orders budget cuts to universities and agencies, plans to sell state plane

State tax receipts down $141 million so far this fiscal year By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence ordered universities to cut their state spending by 2 percent and said Monday he will sell a plane as part of a larger plan to account for lower-than expected tax receipts. Pence will also […]

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Guest column: Let’s take a closer look at college value in Indiana

By Teresa Lubbers Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education An investment in higher education may be the most important purchase Hoosiers ever make. Investing in a college degree pays off in terms of more job opportunities and higher earnings, but the benefits extend far beyond financial returns. The advantages include increased social mobility, greater civic involvement, […]

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