About the Commission
• The Commission for Higher Education
works at the junction of K-12 and
• 14-member board appointed by the
Governor—charged with defining
missions, strategic planning, academic
and capital oversight
• Takes a system-level approach to
improving higher education in Indiana
Increasing global competition
• U.S. is 10th among industrialized nations in college completion
rates, down from first.
• US ranks 18th of 36 industrialized nations in high school
• Indiana ranks 41st in the nation in the proportion of adults with
postsecondary credential (30%).
• Indiana ranks 32nd in the nation in the average personal income of
its residents – this is a 35 year low against the national average.
• 14 Million Baby-Boomers will retire in the next decade.
A state economy in transition
• Indiana’s economy depends highly on
manufacturing, an industry that is rapidly
– Since 2000, Indiana manufacturing jobs have declined
• 75% of the highest-growth, highest-pay jobs
over the next decade will require post-secondary
A state economy in transition
Nearly 1M Hoosier Adults Need More Education
No High No College,
School Earning < Living
Diploma: Wage: 651,609
14,784 Total Target Population:
27% of Indiana’s Workforce
No College, Speak Little
or No English: 63,450
Unemployment Rate by Education Level
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Less than a high school diploma High school graduates Associate degree Bachelor's degree and higher
Less than 4 years of high school
3.2% Bachelor’s Degree or Above
The New Paradigm
• Changing demographics
– Colleges need to educate new and different populations,
including first-time college students, part-time students, adults
and minorities—the “New Majority”
• In the next decade, the Hispanic working-age population will
increase by 83%, African Americans by 23%, and white working
age population will decline by 3%.
• Greater efficiency, production
– Colleges must be more efficient while maintaining quality
The New Paradigm
• New expectations
– Everyone needs a postsecondary credential
– Indiana needs at least 10,000 more bachelor’s degrees every year
and at least 50% more associate’s degrees to be competitive
– Colleges as economic engines
• Fiscal realities
– Higher education appropriations are decreasing portion of the
state budget (from 17% ten years ago to 13% today).
– Forecasts indicate state resources will be scarce for the
foreseeable future. (aka “The “New Normal”)
– Tuition rates increased 439% nationally over the last 25 years
(National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education)
Reaching Higher: Strategic Directions
• Collaborative process that recognized Indiana’s higher
education institutions make up a system of
• Adopted June 8, 2007 – Outlined a set of aspirations
and goals to ensure that Indiana has the system of
higher education it needs and its citizens deserve.
Set ambitious but attainable goals for Indiana’s system of
higher education with an aim towards both significantly
improving opportunities for Hoosiers, and for raising
Indiana’s system to the top of the pack
To thrive as a state and as individuals, all Hoosiers will
need to achieve a depth and breadth of education
never seen in the state’s history.
Reaching Higher with Accountability
Again, working collaboratively with Indiana’s public
institutions and driven by Reaching Higher: the Indiana
Commission for Higher Education developed and
adopted Reaching Higher: Strategic Initiatives for
Higher Education in Indiana in six key areas.
The Commission tracks and publishes the State-Level
Dashboard of Key Indicators in these six key areas.
REACHING HIGHER WITH…
MAJOR RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES
Indiana will rank in the top ten states in each point of the
Education Pipeline by 2015.
To compete nationally and internationally, Indiana must fix the
“leaky pipeline”—too many students are lost at each transition point.
50% of Indiana high school graduates will earn a Core 40 with Honors diploma by 2015.
Students who earn the Core 40 with Honors high school diploma are far less likely to require
remediation in college. Beginning in 2011, students will be required to have the Honors diploma to
enter one of Indiana’s public flagship institutions and Ball State University.
Indiana’s 4-year regional campuses, IUPUI, University of Southern Indiana and Indiana State University will
reduce the level of remediation provided to not more than 10% of students by 2015.
Students who require remediation when they enter college are far less likely to complete.
Remediation can be offered at a far lower cost to both the state and students at the 2-year
Indiana will produce the equivalent of 10,000 additional Hoosier Bachelor’s degrees per
year through 2025.
60 percent of Hoosiers should have a postsecondary credential by 2025 to meet the “Big Goal” and
compete and exceed the educational achievements of international competitors.
Indiana will rank in the top 10 states for on-time and 6-year total and minority graduation rates
at public 4-year institutions, and 3-year graduation rates at community colleges, by 2015.
Indiana ranks 22nd
Indiana ranks 28th.
Indiana ranks 22nd.
Indiana ranks 32nd.
Indiana ranks 41st.
Far too few students who start college complete within a reasonable time. Minority
students complete at a significantly lower rate than the average student.
Indiana’s adult enrollment will rank in the top 10 states by 2015
Nearly 1M adult Hoosiers are under-educated—more than ¼ of Indiana’s workforce.
There are not enough “traditional” college students to meet the Big Goal.
Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University will increase the number of degrees and
certificates earned and students transferred to 4-year institutions by 50% by 2015.
Indiana values Associate Degrees and Certificates—and pays for them. Students who transfer
from a 2-year to 4-year institution can complete a degree in a very cost-effective way.
Indiana’s public institutions will rank as the most affordable among peer states by 2015.
Among peer states with similar family incomes, Indiana’s colleges are less affordable than
average. To increase access and success, college must remain affordable for all Hoosiers.
Indiana will improve 21st Century Scholar success at key transition points by 2015.
Indiana will rank in the top 10 states for low-income student college participation by 2015.
While Indiana is
making headway in
promoting access to
college for low-income
the 21st Century
students do not
complete college at
rates comparable to
students from higher-
Indiana will rank as the most productive among Making Opportunity Affordable
Learning Year grant states by 2015.
For the foreseeable future, state resources will continue to be scarce. Indiana’s institutions must continue to
improve completion rates, generating more credentialed citizens without significant new resources.
Based on work at Indiana’s Major Research Universities, Indiana will rank in the top
half of all Midwestern states in Research and Development Expenditures by 2015.
Each dollar of R&D expended by academic institutions in Indiana generates many more spent in local
economies, creates jobs, and advances innovation. While Indiana’s MRUs have expanded R&D expenditures
significantly, the state still lags behind Midwestern peers.
Indiana must ensure:
• Students are PREPARED to succeed in college
• Students can AFFORD college.
• Students COMPLETE college… and on-time
These realities are the foundation of Reaching Higher, the
Commission for Higher Education’s strategic plan for Indiana’s
postsecondary education system.
• Too many students unprepared for college
– Annually, remediation costs U.S. colleges and
• College admission requirements are
increasing (Core 40, SAT/ACT, GPA, etc.)
• Pushing rigorous math for high school seniors
• Expanding early opportunities for college-level experience (Dual
• Defining what it means to be “college-ready”
• Improving remedial education
– Accelerated coursework (8-week courses);
– Basic skills embedded into academic and workforce credentials
– Re-assessment of skills after first-tier remedial coursework—often
students have overcome deficiencies
• Indiana public college costs
have increased by 200%
this decade, and by 300%
• Tuition outpacing income
growth at an unsustainable
rate over 6% increase
annually this decade)
• Half of Indiana’s students
exit college with student
• Setting tuition targets
• Delivering college more affordably (2+2,
Passport, referral, etc.) (THINK SYSTEM)
• Driving college efficiency and cost-savings efforts
• Finding the “right fit”
• Indiana graduation
rates are far too
• Students who don’t
graduate are 10
times more likely
to default on
• Creating college-going (and completing) culture (Learn More Indiana)
• Performance-Based Budget that rewards colleges and universities for:
• More Degrees
• More On-Time Degrees
• More Degrees to Low-Income Students
• More Transfers
• More Workforce Development (at the community colleges)
• More Research (at the flagship research campuses)
• Recent budget cuts to higher education were based on these
State General Fund Expenditures
3% Higher education
48% Teacher Pensions
13% Child Welfare
13% Approximately $13 billion per year
Actual and Forecasted State General Fund Revenue Growth ($ in thousands)
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
State General Fund Operating Revenue Growth
6.9% 7.4% 7.5%
5.4% 5.7% 6.3%
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Recently, $150M was cut from higher education budgets:
• Tuition rates have been set—institutions will have to find
savings through efficiencies and cutting costs
• Encouraging back-office/administrative consolidation
• Expanding joint purchasing agreements, particularly in
areas of health insurance and energy
• Sharing costs, particularly at co-located campuses
• Prioritizing and reallocating resources to high-demand
academic programs critical to Indiana’s economy