Getting Hoosiers through college

September 9, 2008
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The Indiana Commission on Higher Education rolled out an ambitious goal yesterday â?? to increase the number of graduates from state-supported colleges and universities by a third within four years.

Indiana isnâ??t plagued by too few high school grads entering college; the state ranks 10th. The problem is low graduation rates.

To persuade universities to hit the goal, the commission wants to move funding to a pay-for-results model. If colleges increase on-time graduation, course completion and degrees, more money would flow.

The universities say theyâ??re on board. Indiana University, for one, plans to offer more mentoring, financial aid and group study.

Will the plan work? What will it take to get more students to finish college?
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  • It will work if the incentives are given to the students who need to graduate on time. Also, the curriculum will have to be structured toward that end goal as well... x amount of credits earned by certain goalposts in a students career with incentives will keep them on the path to graduation. Often students fall off by changing their majors which require starting over with credits (instead of them being transferrable to something else) or getting in over their head with too many classes and credits early on. The colleges will have to hand hold the process.
  • If you read the entire report, it becomes obvious that this is largely a self serving document intended to win more funding from the legislature to pay for more student tuition, increased research funding, more buildings, and higher university salaries.

    The feel good talking points are sorely lacking in any meaningful accountability for escalating tuition costs or poor university performance.(i.e. IVY Tech has a worse graduation rate than IPS , and some Indiana colleges have such weak employment placements for their graduates that the students should be asking for a refund)
  • U.S Department of Education Secretary Demands Accessibility, Affordability, and Accountability of Higher Education.

    This is a better proposal than the self serving proposal from the Indiana Higher Education Commission.

    Spellings Announces Plan to Improve Higher Education
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6146394

    Commission on the Future of Higher Education AKA Spellings Commission
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commission_on_the_Future_of_Higher_Education
  • Umm...what about students who happen to work and go to school who just need more time to get a degree?

    As a student who works full time and enjoys taking classes at a leisurely pace, it helps me afford school without going thousands of dollars into a debt that will haunt me for years after graduation.
  • Forget about the students... Lets push them through for Nubmer sake. It is the public school system all over again. We need not focus on graduation, but the quality of education.

    to FRED:

    If it was so on the employment placement, I am long over due for a few refunds. First off, the school tells everyone we will help place you in the work force. That was a FAIL, then I had several Head Hunters (either paid by the state, or paid by potential employers) say the same thing. Another FAIL. I found my job on my own through Career builder. These above failed employment placements programs probably once had a reason to be around, but they have only been an interview training places. Things I could have learned just by sitting at home with family and doing the same thing (and then applying the skills in the interview process).

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