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Getting Hoosiers through college

September 9, 2008
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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