higher education

Ivy Tech

The Indiana General Assembly allocated nearly $2 billion for the state’s colleges in this year's budget – including money for new building projects. The only institution that didn’t receive funding for one of those projects is Ivy Tech Community College.    

​Senator Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) was one of the architects of that $31 billion budget Gov. Mike Pence signed into law. As he was reviewing requests from the state’s colleges for more than $761 million in capital projects, there was a phone call.

Terre Haute Women-Only College Goes Co-Ed

May 19, 2015
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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is opening its doors to undergraduate male students for the first time in its 175-year history.

The Terre Haute-area school’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to go co-ed after a year of debate. The decision was partially motivated by a survey that found less than 2-percent of young women are willing to consider attending a women-only college.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods President Dottie King says the school was not able to make a single-sex learning environment appealing to applicants, despite several attempts to do so.

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Indiana Senate leaders Thursday rolled out their version of the state budget, and there are some differences from their House GOP colleagues in a number of key areas:

HIGHER EDUCATION

In total, higher education spending makes up 12-percent of the Senate’s proposed two-year, $31.5 billion budget.

That’s considerably more than what the House suggested.

Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) acknowledges the increase and says it would move state universities in the right direction.

State lawmakers want to help ensure more students leave high school prepared for college classes by moving remediation out of higher education. 

The Senate Education Committee heard testimony Wednesday that 31% of Hoosiers students who graduated high school in 2010 and went on to a public college or university required remediation. 

Ivy Tech Vice President Jeff Terp says students who have to take remedial classes aren’t likely to continue.

Gov. Pence meeting with higher ed administrators

Feb 11, 2013

Governor Mike Pence says he wants a conversation with the heads of the public colleges and universities to outline his goals. He says he wants to see innovation and affordability from higher education, and he wants those ideas brought forward.

“We’re going to be promoting legislation that encourages our publicly supported universities and colleges to do an even better job helping our young people achieve that objective of on-time completion and look for ways to make college more affordable.”

Purdue University

As promised, Purdue President Mitch Daniels is letting the campus community know the direction he’d like to lead the university. Daniels released an open letter to students, faculty and staff Friday.

In it, he recaps the research he’s done on higher education since his appointment by the board of trustees. He wants an open discussion on some themes he’d like to address. Those are: excellence, affordability, shared governance, engagement, open inquiry, and common purpose. One specific area is boosting graduation rates.

The Indiana Department of Corrections may soon gain the authority to approve the educational courses inmates can take for degree credit under a change proposed in a legislative study committee. 

The Purdue Board of Trustees and President-elect Mitch Daniels continue to work on terms for his contract.

The two sides met recently to discuss terms. Daniels is set to take over in January as the university’s next leader after his term as governor ends.

He says he’s working specifically with one of the trustees and expects an agreement soon.

Daniels outlines higher education vision

Sep 27, 2012

Purdue’s president elect says he is using criticism to learn more about the school and his position.

Mitch Daniels says he is not trying to silence those concerned with his hiring, but work with them to make the university better.

“If this selection ultimately proves to be a wise one for Purdue, and I am going to do all I can to make that case, then it might well be at a time because at a time of great difficulty for higher ed," he said, "a person who brings some experiences that are complementary might prove to add some value.”

Ellspermann talks jobs during stop in Lafayette

Aug 29, 2012

The Indiana GOP lieutenant governor candidate is touting her ticket's pro-business policies.

Sue Ellspermann participated in a jobs roundtable at Fairfield manufacturing in Lafayette Wednesday morning. She says students of today need to be better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

Ellspermann says if she and Mike Pence are elected, they would support proposals to encourage college undergraduates to complete their degrees in four years.

She says those in high school need to be made aware of alternatives to college that will still prepare them for the workforce.

Purdue President France Cordova interview

Jul 12, 2012
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WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Purdue President France Cordova about her five years leading the university and her future plans.