Purdue University President Mitch Daniels plans to make his pitch to Indiana college students Friday afternoon to try to keep them in the state after graduation.
A day away from the end of the state legislative session, the Indiana Manufacturers Association is urging lawmakers to scuttle a workforce development proposal that it contends could put federal funding in jeopardy.
The major change this year is to replace the existing State Workforce Innovation Council with a new board that legislative leaders hope will be smaller and more nimble.
EmployIndy’s goal is to reach 6,000 young people with job-training and education programs during the next two years.
Faced with a shortage of skilled workers to fill some available jobs, legislators have proposed myriad bills this session aimed at tackling the issue and improving the effectiveness of the state’s system.
Ivy Tech Community College has a five-year goal to grow enrollment by more than 25 percent and more than double the number of degrees and certificates it awards each year.
Purdue University is rolling out a grant program to help lower- and middle-class Indiana students afford college.
Gov. Eric Holcomb said there would be “no more stove-pipe approach,” referring to criticisms by some legislative leaders that the workforce development system is convoluted and divided into isolated silos.
Amy Cornell, a 2006 graduate of IU McKinney and also graduate of Purdue University, has been hired as a consultant to assemble a steering committee to build the program.
Indiana officials are also trying to advance “reverse transfer” policies statewide as a tool to increase Indiana’s college attainment rate.
The program is “not for the faint of heart,” a Purdue dean said. It will require the students to be in school year-round and complete summer courses.
Reverse transfer allows students to combine credits they earned from both the community college where they started attending classes and the four-year college they transferred to—even if they hadn’t completed enough credits at either institution individually to earn a degree.
Officials want to boost Indiana’s college attainment rate from 41 percent to 60 percent by 2025 and think targeting people who have shown an interest in school but never finished may be the fastest way to get there.
Observers say the deal is unprecedented for a public research university and leaves unanswered questions about how others in the sector will respond.
Purdue’s acquisition of Kaplan includes 15 campuses, 32,000 students and 3,000 employees. All Kaplan University students and faculty will transition to the new university, which will use the Purdue name.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett faces a tough battle in taking on ingrained, multigenerational issues involving homelessness, poverty, education and crime. But in his State of the City address, he vowed to try.
The Fishers-based not-for-profit announced Wednesday that it will transfer ownership of two affiliates—United Student Aid Funds and Northwest Education Loan Association—to Madison, Wisconsin-based Great Lakes Higher Education Corp. on Jan. 1.
Marian University hopes to attract high-achieving students to its education program by sweetening the pot for those who earn a new state scholarship aimed at retaining teachers in Indiana.
The National Science Foundation awarded the grant to IUPUI, which will work with Indiana University, Ball State University and other institutions.