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Indiana Education Commission Aims For More College Degrees

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has laid plans to boost the percent of Hoosiers with a college degree.

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Officials say boosting the rate of Hoosiers with college degrees starts early childhood education.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants 60 percent of Hoosier adults to have some sort of post-secondary certificate or degree by 2025.  The Commission presented Wednesday its strategic plan to the Education Roundtable, a collection of the state’s political and business leaders.

Currently, only about 33 percent of Hoosiers have completed some sort of degree, placing Indiana 40th in the nation. Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says while the 60 percent mark is ambitious, it is imperative for economic success.

“If we don’t reach that, we won’t have jobs,” she says. “We won’t have the kind of people prepared for the jobs that we need, Indiana will be left behind and we’ll be a place not where people will stay by people will leave.”

Governor Mitch Daniels says reaching that goal is not just about earning more four-year degrees.

“If somebody becomes well-trained as a craftsman, electrician, you know, a skilled tradesperson, they may have higher earnings potential than a middle-of-the-road bachelor degree holder,” he says.

Lubbers says there is no single solution to achieving the Commission’s goal. She says efforts from the entire educational system – beginning with early childhood – are necessary.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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