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Who's Keeping Track Of Your University?


Click here to learn more about each of the members of the Commission for Higher Educaiton

The Commission for Higher Education is the governing body responsible for overseeing post secondary institutions. The body is empowered to make budgetary recommendations to the Indiana State General Assembly and tuition recommendations to colleges and universities.  The ICHE also has final approval powers over the creation of degree programs.


The commission is composed of 14-members appointed by the governor, including  one faculty representative chosen from among the state’s professors and one student representative chosen from the state’s undergraduate population.  These appointments are not subject to legislative approval and there are no requirement other than that they do not seek elected office.

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The Seven New Benchmarks For Funding Indiana Colleges

While a portion of Indiana’s state funding for public colleges and universities is already tied to the schools’ performance, a state panel unanimously recommended Friday that portion of funding get bigger in the next budget cycle. As expected, the Commission for Higher Education also tweaked the metrics the state will use to measure performance. (Read all […]

Indiana To Base Larger Portion Of College Funding On Performance

The pool of state money available to Indiana colleges who show the highest performance on state-assigned metrics is set to get bigger. Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says a state panel will consider expanding the amount of money distributed to public colleges and universities under Indiana’s performance funding formula. The formula has, in part, […]

IU Trustees Vote On Tuition Decrease

The two summer sessions currently account for the smallest periods of enroll for the university.  Trustees and administrators say they are hoping to see substantial increases in the number of students deciding to stay in class between semesters.

StateImpact worked with WFIU colleague Kat Carlton on this story about tuition decreases at Indiana University… Indiana University is lowering summer school tuition under a plan the Board of Trustees approved Friday. The school came under pressure from the state Commission for Higher Education to decrease costs for students after a recent round of tuition increases. […]

Want A Merit-Based Scholarship? Go To A Private College

Private four-year colleges are giving more merit-based financial aid to more students than public universities, and numbers from the federal government suggest the gap between the two has grown significantly in the last 15 years. A report from the National Center for Education Statistics says 44 percent of all students received aid based on their […]

Purdue Trustees Set To Approve Honors College

A committee of Purdue University trustees heard the sales pitch to create an Honors College on the West Lafayette campus during their meeting Monday. The Academic Affairs committee passed a proposal to create the college, which would bring honors programs from the university and five separate academic departments under one roof starting in the Fall […]

Meet The Board Behind Tuition Increases

Click here to view a yearbook-style ‘who’s-who’ on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. In Indiana, there is a powerful 14 member panel that’s responsible for recommending tuition whose members you may not have heard of. The commission is not officially political, but as gubernatorial appointees, they often show loyalty to Republican Governor Mitch Daniels, […]

As Indiana Tuition Increases, So Does Student Debt

In case you missed this tidbit on Friday’s Noon Edition on WFIU: For the first time, student debt due to higher education costs is higher than credit card debt at $829 billion, and this year’s graduating class is the most indebted class ever, according to Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “This is not […]

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