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Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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Beginning in Fall 2015, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education will lead a statewide effort to encourage Hoosiers with some college but no degree to come back and finish. This document summarizes initial guidance for Indiana colleges.


The Indiana Commission for Higher Education regards the Regional Campuses of Indiana University and Purdue University as valuable contributors to the state’s system of higher education. Recognizing the unique characteristics of each Regional Campus, the principles outlined on the documents which follow are designed as overarching directions that reflect a more efficient and effective role for Regional Campuses in Indiana’s system of higher education. 


The Indiana Commission for Higher Education regards the offering of rigorous dual credit courses as means for expanding access to postsecondary opportunities, encouraging students to pursue higher education, and increasing college completion rates. The documents which follow outline the Commission’s dual credit policies.


  • State Policy on Associate Degree Programs Offered at Public Institutions
    The intent of this policy is to clarify statewide usage of degree designations for associates degree, elucidate discussion about associates degree curricular content, communicate effectively to students about associate degree offerings by public institutions, facilitate transfer of associate degree credit so that as many students as possible will have the opportunity to continue their postsecondary education, avoid needless duplication of state resources, and sharpen institutional missions.
  • Ivy Tech State College Industrial Apprenticeship Technology Programs: Key Academic Understandings
    This policy allows Ivy Tech to develop Industrial Apprenticeship Technology Programs with any company in their region, as long as the curriculum developed for each company conforms to the model curriculum for that trade specialty. These trades include electricians, facilities maintenance, machine repair, sheet metal worker, etc.


The purpose of this policy is to ensure that distance learners have access to the same quality of instruction available on campus.


Indiana's Performance Funding Formula (PFF) was started in 2003 and has evolved over time to provide incentives to public higher education institutions who improve in specific metrics. For more information, visit our Performance Funding webpage.