Indiana Higher Ed Commissioner's Statement Paints Students as Slackers

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Indiana lawmakers seem to think college students spend all their time sipping wine and watching reality TV.

The state’s higher education commissioner, Teresa Lubbers, recently sent a condescending statement about college completion rates to media outlets around Indiana. The statement, motivated by House Bill 1348, which would link colleges’ state funding to students’ graduation rates and increase the number of credit hours required for students receiving state aid, makes Lubbers sound out-of-touch with students’ lives.

For instance, she wants “Hoosier students to make smarter choices about how they finance ... a college degree” and that “taxpayers have a right to expect a better return on their investment.”

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