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Undocumented immigrants could get in-state tuition under bill moving to Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that passed a Senate committee Thursday would allow unauthorized immigrant students living in Indiana to pay in-state tuition. Senate Bill 345, authored by Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, and heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee, allows graduates who went to an Indiana high school for at least three […]

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Early results show scholarship changes are pushing students to graduate sooner

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new study of state scholarship recipients shows more are taking and completing 30 credit hours per year, putting them on a path to graduate on time. Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers announced Wednesday that changes the legislature made in the state’s 21st Century Scholars and Frank O’ Bannon […]

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Commentary: ‘Free’ college? Not so fast

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I have been teaching college for more than a decade, so when President Barack Obama recently announced his plan for free tuition at community college you would have thought I would have been excited. Technically, as someone who is a strong believer in higher education, I should be all on board. […]

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House committee passes bill to create college internship program

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to create new incentives for college graduates to stay in Indiana is headed to the full House for consideration. House Bill 1054 passed the Education Committee unanimously Thursday after an amendment that reduced the amount an individual school could receive under the program. The bill creates a […]

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Legislation aims to keep STEM grads in Indiana

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill debated in the House Education Committee on Tuesday would create new incentives for college graduates to stay in Indiana. House Bill 1054 creates a $5 million program that gives money to universities so they can partner with companies and give students more opportunities for on the job […]

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Ways & Means Committee considers higher ed budgets

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State higher education officials asked the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee on Monday to increase the amount of university funding that will be allotted to rewarding schools for performance. “It has been the commission’s belief in partnership with the legislature that doing this in a steady, but very intentional […]

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Video & story: Higher ed chief says ‘performance’ funding works

Higher education commissioner gives funding report on Vimeo. By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A key higher education official told the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday that a funding system based in part on student performance is working. Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers said lawmakers should keep requiring the state’s colleges and universities to improve […]

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Commentary: New economy requires workers to keep learning

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce said it plainly. “If (the competition for jobs and labor) is just about who is the cheapest, we won’t ever win that fight. We have to make the competition about adding value,” said Michael Huber, the chamber’s chief executive officer and […]

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Commentary: Challenges before colleges and universities

By Mitch Daniels TheStatehouseFile.com The once serene and secure world of higher education has been shaken in recent years by challenges few saw coming. Enrollments have dropped, layoffs have become common, and a few colleges have closed down entirely. There has been a stunning drop, from 75 percent to 44 percent, in Americans saying that “a college degree […]

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Our View: It’s time to redefine full-time in college as 15 credits

By Teresa Lubbers and Stan Jones Special to TheStatehousefile.com   As the current and former commissioners for Indiana’s higher education system, we agree that on-time college graduation must become the standard rather than the exception it is today. Less than 1 in 10 full-time community college students complete an associate degree within two years and […]

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