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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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Why Helping College Students Catch Up Might Be Keeping Them Behind

Remediating students who enter college without college-level skills costs the state $35 million a year, Indiana higher education officials say — but only a quarter of these students will earn a diploma within six years. Time to rethink remediation? From The Augusta Chronicle: Thousands upon thousands of students don’t continue in college because they don’t pass […]

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. […]

Three Reasons Universities Aren't Worried About 'Credit Creep'

Governor Mitch Daniels has been touting a bill working its way through the Indiana State General Assembly which would limit the number of credit hours required to graduate from a public university to 120 — 15 credits per semester for eight semesters. The idea is to lower the cost of education by getting students out of […]

How Student Loan Defaults End Up Hurting Taxpayers

Students on Indiana University's Bloomington campus.

It takes years for the federal government to recoup its losses from a student loan default — and “time is money,” one expert writes. It’s a fact that’s prompting some college officials to rethink financial aid.

Why Ball State Worries About Getting Left Behind

Shafer Tower on the Ball State University campus.

Ever wonder why Ball State University announced financial bonuses for students who graduate in four years, why Indiana University slashed summer tuition, and why Indiana State rolled back a planned tuition hike, all in the last two months alone? Here’s one reason: The state’s universities have fallen in line following tweaks to the higher education budget and political pressure from Indianapolis, all pushing […]

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, […]

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