The ICHE is one of a handful of bodies that has to sign off on the merger before it can officially proceed.
Indiana colleges must hold a public hearing within 30 days of the commission setting the tuition and fee targets.
There will likely be several new bills when the General Assembly reconvenes next year dealing with sexual assault.
A new Indiana Commission for Higher Education initiative encourages college students to take 15 credit hours per semester so they can graduate in four years.
Teresa Lubbers testified before a U.S. Senate committee today about state funding for education and college degree attainment rates.
One in three students at the Indiana's four-year public colleges and universities finish school within four years,
Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers gave her annual State of Higher Education address Wednesday night.
While the enrollment rate for undergraduates is falling overall, the number of Latino students going to college is on the rise.
Officials are working on guidelines to spot those students while they are still in high school.
Lubbers says it will take a joint effort from students, the state and its colleges and universities to meets the needs of a changing workforce.