Indiana on sidelines as 'peers' try to offer free college

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Indiana’s peers near the bottom of the college attainment ranking are taking bold steps to improve their position. By 2020, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce predicts, 65 percent of jobs will require higher education credentials.

The most talked-about plans of late — making community college free for students — are making a statement in Tennessee, Mississippi and Oregon. Tennessee and Mississippi join Indiana in the bottom 10; Oregon is ranked near the middle.

In Indiana, however, the idea of free community college isn’t even being discussed in official circles, even though the state has set a lofty goal — having 60 percent of its students attain at least a two-year degree by 2025.

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