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Teresa Lubbers Gives State Of Higher Education Address

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers prepares for the December 9 meeting.

Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa 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.

Currently, less than a third of Hoosiers have completed education beyond high school. And Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says it will be hard to improve that figure when people don’t see an adequate return on investment from higher education.

“We have too few students who graduate and even fewer who graduate on time,” Lubbers says. “We are producing too few degrees, especially in high-demand fields, and we have too much student debt.”

Still, Lubbers says the value of a certificate or degree in a 21st century economy is too high to pass up.

“Four out of five of the jobs that were lost in the recent recession were held by individuals with a high school diploma or less, and many of those jobs are not coming back,” Lubbers says.

The Commission for Higher Education has set a goal that, by 2025, 60 percent of the state’s adults will have completed some level of post-secondary education.

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