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On June 8, 2007, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education unanimously adopted Reaching Higher: Strategic Directions for Higher Education in Indiana as its plan for the future of higher education. Reaching Higher provides a comprehensive look at the future of postsecondary education in Indiana and desired outcomes for the system by outlining a series of recommendations in the areas of access, affordability, student success, college preparation and contributions to Indiana’s economy. The strategic directions outlined focus on the important challenge areas, as identified by the Commission through the work of its subcommittee that began its work in November 2006.
Over the 2007-08 academic year, the Commission will concentrate on five key area of Reaching Higher that call for:
Improving College Completion Rates by defining state and institution performance objectives for student success. This includes developing a comprehensive plan for improving minority and at-risk student success, expanding college performance outcomes and expanding student learning experiences.
Making College Affordable by examining ways to make at least two years of postsecondary education available at a nominal cost to all qualified and financially at-risk recent high school graduates; developing financial aid options for middle-class students; providing need-based aid that supplements federal and state and aid; and developing a comprehensive financial aid plan for adult students.
Taking the Community College to the Next Level by building upon the significant successes in the past six years. This includes defining, branding and publicizing what a comprehensive community college can be for the state of Indiana; moving a vast majority of college remediation courses to Indiana’s two-year colleges; determining a statewide standard of quality, consistency and efficiency at all community college campuses; ensuring that tuition and fees are as affordable as possible; and sharpening its dual responsibility of providing workforce training and preparing students for degrees and transfer opportunities.
Embracing Accountability for Results by holding itself accountable for results and being transparent about reporting performance-related data across all areas.
Ensuring that Indiana University and Purdue University are top-tier major research universities.
To assist with this implementation phase, the Chair Chris Murphy has appointed a strategic directions committee to guide the work over the 2007-08 academic year.
Strategic Directions Committee Members:
Chair: Mr. Michael Smith
Vice Chair: Dr. Gerald Bepko
Mr. Dennis Bland
Honorable Jon Costas
Ms. Debra Cook
Ms. Marilyn Moran-Townsend
Mr. Christopher Murphy
Dr. Kathleen Tobin
Kent Weldon Conference Information: April 16, 2008
10 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
University Place Conference Center
Reaching Higher Power Point
Schedule and Meeting Materials:
(Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will take place at CHE Commission office, 101 W. Ohio St., Ste. 550 in Indianapolis.)