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HICKS: As classes begin, students have fresh opportunity

Classes start this week at Ball State University, and other colleges and universities across the country. For many, it is
a bittersweet moment, as parents say goodbye to their now young adults, handing them over to professors and scarily youthful
resident hall assistants for safekeeping.

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New higher-ed chief takes aim at dropout rates

Teresa Lubbers became Indiana commissioner for higher education on July 7 after serving 17 years as a Republican state
senator from Indianapolis. She says every Hoosier needs some college-level training. Lubbers got a running start on her new
job, having served as chairwoman of the senate education committee
for years. She also worked frequently at the commission’s downtown offices during May and June—after her predecessor
had
left but before the Legislature returned for a special session to pass a budget. Her new staff dubbed her SenComm.

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IU striving to keep tuition affordable

Your Dec. 8 editorial, "State flunking affordability test," quotes liberally from the National Center for Public
Policy and
Higher Education’s recent report, which concludes that 49 of 50 states—including Indiana—deserve an "F"
for their
affordability
efforts. Unfortunately, this grade is based on an analysis that dramatically overstates college costs in Indiana—or at
least
those costs incurred by Hoosiers attending Indiana University.

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College Summit’s goal is more skilled workers

Business leaders and educators agree on what’s needed to improve Indiana’s economic health and enhance its place in the global
economy: a larger pool of skilled workers. Toward that end, a group of notfor-profits is expanding a program to get more low-income
Indianapolis students to further their education after high school.

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