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Fewer Hoosiers Are Going To College, But Those Who Do Are Better Prepared

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Indiana University campus in Bloomington (WFIU/WTIU News file)

A new report from the Commission for Higher Education shows Hoosiers enrolling in college at slightly lower rates than two years ago.

The commission’s annual college readiness report shows 63 percent of students from the class of 2017 enrolled in college within a year after graduation. That’s compared to 65 percent for the class of 2015.

In a press release, Commissioner Teresa Lubbers said slowing enrollment is a problem facing higher education, but college credentials are still important.

“While we understand that people are benefiting from a strong economy and job opportunities, we must continue to make a case for a quality degree or credential to ensure that Hoosiers are prepared for a dynamic economy," she said.

The report also shows fewer students who go to college require remediation than previous years. Only about 12 percent of students need some kind of remediation in college, mostly in math. The report says that’s a 16 percentage point improvement over the past five years.

The commission is hosting its annual State of Higher Education address Monday. 

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