More Hoosiers Need College Degrees, Commission Says

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Indiana must produce more adults with college degrees while keeping tuition affordable, state officials said in unveiling a strategic plan for higher education.

“Indiana ranks 42nd in individuals with postsecondary credentials,” said Teresa Lubbers, the head of Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education. “We know we can do better.”

The 26-page plan, “Reaching Higher, Achieving More” and released Friday, challenges Indiana colleges to boost on-time graduation rates, double the number of college degrees awarded each year and increase the percentage of Hoosier adults with college degrees.

Currently, about one-third of Indiana adults have postsecondary degrees, Lubbers said. That leaves many people, she said, unprepared to fill good-paying jobs in the fastest-growing sectors of the economy.

“We wanted to make sure (the plan) aligns with the workforce needs of the state,” she said, “because ultimately what we hope this produces is a state that is much more equipped to be the kind of state that we all want to live in and the kind of place where our sons and daughters would choose to stay.”

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