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Want More Students To Graduate? Don't Tell Them To Go To College, Bennett Says

State Superintendent Tony Bennett was in Greenfield this week discussing drop out rates with the Hancock County Graduation Task Force. His message? Not all students go to college, so stop teaching like they will. Bennett’s remarks echo what Washington Post columnist Robert J. Sampson wrote earlier this week about the usefulness of a college degree: […]

Where College Graduates Are Going (Hint: Where Other College Grads Already Live)

About 30 percent of Indianapolis residents have college degrees, putting it in the middle of the pack for educational attainment among the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. A Brookings Institution report shows that these areas have become less analogous over the last 40 years. It used to be that the biggest cities had a similar […]

Why Colleges Keep Building Even When Money's Tight

Ivy Tech Community College in Anderson

University buildings are aging, enrollments are increasing and state funding for new facilities is drying up. That means universities are more likely to go into debt to finance their next building project.

How Increasing Enrollment Is Straining Finances At Indiana's Public Colleges

Let’s paraphrase an argument you’ve heard on StateImpact before: If you’re an Indiana state lawmaker (at least in the current majority), you probably think the state’s public universities are doing too little to keep a student’s cost of attendance down. The price of a college education is rising faster than the rate of inflation, you argue. […]

Indiana's Role In Afghanistan's Higher Education Boom

Since American forces drove the Taliban out of Kabul a decade ago, enrollment in Afghanistan’s universities has grown exponentially. The Afghan government projects more than 100,000 students will attend college by the year 2014, up from less than 10,000 in 2001. The problem: by western standards, there aren’t enough qualified professors to teach them. That’s where […]

What Does IU's Big Fundraising Year Mean For Students?

2011 was a much better year for donations to colleges and universities, The Chronicle for Higher Education reports, and Indiana University had a better year than most. The total amount IU received in grants and gifts last year — more than $295 million — ranked 17th in a national survey of college giving whose results were released this week, […]

The Four Major Education Themes in Obama’s 2012 State of the Union

This is a guest post from Molly Bloom, a reporter for our sister site, StateImpact Ohio. The post originally appeared here. Education came second only to Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! in President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union remarks Tuesday night. Making college less expensive for students continues to be a key talking point for the Obama administration. In the State of the […]

Year in Review: The Cost Game In Higher Education

Graduates at Indiana University's winter commencement ceremonies at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

The name of the game in Indiana’s higher education in 2011? Cost of attendance. Cuts to Indiana’s higher education budget led to tuition hikes at many of Indiana’s public universities in the spring. Some state legislators balked after these hikes exceeded a recommended tuition cap, and more funding cuts weren’t out of the question.

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