(UNDATED) - Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers gave her annual State of Higher Education address Wednesday night
Lubbers says the state of higher education in Indiana is strong and getting stronger. She says the state has a long way to go before reaching its goal of 60-percent of Hoosiers having quality degrees and credentials. However, Lubbers says the conditions are in place to making meaningful and lasting progress.
Lubbers says more students are graduating on time due to nearly 90-percent of degree programs meeting the accepted standard of required credit hours. She says full-time students who complete 15 credits each semester are all but assured to graduate on time, which is estimated to save students and taxpayers more than 35-million dollars per year.
Lubbers also praised the vast majority of public colleges and universities for holding tuition increases at or below the rate of inflation. She says she's pleased that colleges and universities are stepping forward to promote college affordability and minimize student debt.
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