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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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Purdue University will offer 3-year degrees in communications

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue University will offer three-year communications degrees as part of a larger effort to make college more affordable – but that doesn’t mean students will take fewer credits. University President Mitch Daniels picked a proposal from the Brian Lamb School of Communications to offer five majors as three-year degrees. […]

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Ivy Tech to ask state lawmakers for more cash

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Ivy Tech Community College trustees have passed a resolution telling the college’s leaders to ask the Indiana General Assembly and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for additional funding. The money would allow the college to purchase new equipment – including scientific, automotive, robotics, nursing and health sciences, […]

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State pushes students to finish college on time

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers joined 400 Hoosier students and family members for the official launch of the state’s new “15 to Finish” campaign on Monday at the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. The statewide effort is designed to help more Indiana students graduate from college on time […]

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Ivy Tech names new regional leaders

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has announced a new chancellor and president of two regions for the college. The college named Chris Lowery chancellor of the Columbus and Southeast regions – which include the Batesville, Lawrenceburg, and Madison campuses ­– and Chad Bolser as the new president of the college’s […]

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Pence names university trustees

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence named trustees to boards at Purdue, University of Southern Indiana, Indiana University and Vincennes University on Wednesday. At Purdue University: Gary Lehman – appointed for a three-year term – is from Tippecanoe County and serves at the chairman of the board for Oerlikon Fairfield. He is […]

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Ivy Tech launches microsystems program at northeast campus

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College received nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation on Tuesday to develop a new microsystems certificate program at its Northeast campus. “It should help our students get a job. It should make our relationships with local industries stronger because we’re specifically training technicians to do […]

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30 Laws: Program seeks to push good students into STEM teaching jobs

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A plan to keep top performing students home in Indiana after they graduate from college passed the General Assembly unanimously but could face trouble next year as lawmakers decide how to fund it. “I think everyone agrees with the concept,” said Rep. Justin Moed, D-Indianapolis, “but it will be […]

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