Reaching Higher: Indiana's Higher Education E-Newsletter

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Teresa Lubbers

My View:
The Scholar Success Program

Since 1990, Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program has helped thousands of low-income Hoosier students aspire to and afford a college education. Nearly 110,000 21st Century Scholars are enrolled across the state from 7th grade through college, and more than 30,000 students have earned a degree using the 21st Century Scholarship.

Over the last several years, the program has evolved with a single goal: to ensure more Scholars are prepared to successfully complete college. Scholars are now required to earn a 2.5 high school GPA, and perhaps the most significant change has been the addition of the Scholar Success Program (SSP). The Scholar Success Program, approved by the General Assembly in 2012, is made up of 12 college and career readiness activities—three per year—Scholars must complete during high school to earn their Scholarship.

Student Success

Student Success Spotlight:
Purdue Promise

Purdue University West Lafayette launched Purdue Promise in 2009 with the vision of helping 21st Century Scholars match or exceed the success rates of the general Purdue undergraduate population.

Purdue Promise provides four years of financial assistance and targeted supports for Scholars—around 1,168 currently—who meet income eligibility requirements. Initially, the program was socially oriented, offering peer mentoring and activities. However, after a few years of relatively stagnant numbers, they discovered they weren’t targeting a core issue: what students are facing in their lives. To better address this, the program now offers supports such as freshman and senior seminars, Blackboard modules focused on the Dimensions of Wellness, and—perhaps most importantly, Student Success Coaches.

First piloted in 2013, Student Success Coaches are a point of contact for academic and life matters; they meet with students multiple times a semester and guide them through activities each year. According to Michelle Ashcraft, Senior Assistant Director and Coordinator of Purdue Promise, when Purdue’s Scholars struggle academically, it’s often because of life circumstances, an area in which Coaches are trained to help.


Featured News

2017 State of Higher Education Address

Join us February 8th for the 5th annual State of Higher Education Address. The event will take place at 4 pm at Ivy Tech Community College, with a reception immediately following.

Learn more here.

Dual Credit Extension Approved by Higher Learning Commission

An application submitted by the Commission regarding new dual credit requirements has been approved. This grants Indiana a five-year extension to meet the new requirement that dual credit teachers have a master’s degree and at least 18 credit hours in the subjects they teach. The state will partner with Indiana’s public institutions to help affected teachers—around 2,000—meet the requirement.

Read more here.


Recent News

Commission to Help Hoosier Veterans

Purdue, Commission Score GEAR UP Grant

Next Teacher Grant Big Hit with Hoosier Students

Calendar - Final

Upcoming Events

February 8: State of Higher Education Address

February 9: Commission Meeting at IUPUI

February 12: College Goal Sunday

March 10: FAFSA deadline