Reaching Higher: Indiana's Higher Education E-Newsletter

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Teresa Lubbers

My View:
The Workforce Ready Grant

Across Indiana, employers are reporting the same problem: not enough qualified candidates to meet workforce demands. Gone are the days of high-paying jobs with only a high school diploma. To thrive in today’s dynamic economy, Hoosiers need a quality degree or workforce credential.

Over half of Indiana’s jobs are middle-skill—requiring education and training beyond high school but less than a four-year degree. There are 1.4 million working-age adults in Indiana who have a high school education or less, and 750,000 more with some college but no degree or certificate. That’s 59% of our state’s workforce.

On average, Hoosiers lacking these requisite skills have seen their wages decline and their employment prospects shrink. Today their situation is more dire than ever.

They have bills to pay. They have people depending on them. They don’t have the luxury of time.

At the Commission for Higher Education, we understand that a two- or four-year degree is not the best fit for everyone. Many Hoosiers need a shorter-term credential to get ahead. With that in mind, we’re partnering with Governor Holcomb, the Department of Workforce Development and the General Assembly on a new program designed specifically for working-age adults: the Workforce Ready Grant. 

Student Success

Student Success Spotlight:

Only about one-third of Indiana college alumni say they had an internship or job in college that helped them apply what they learned in the classroom. And yet, increasingly, employers want concrete evidence that prospective employees have the knowledge and skills to thrive in the workplace. Graduates must know how to market these skills in a meaningful way.

IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) has a long history of stressing learning outside the classroom, but like many universities, they never had a standardized way to officially reflect this. It was with this in mind that IUPUI launched REAL, or the Record of Experiential and Applied Learning.

REAL was started when IUPUI was selected as a part of the Comprehensive Student Records project, funded by Lumina Foundation and spearheaded by AACRAO (American Associate of College Registrars and Admissions Officers) and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education). This project reflects a partnership between the registrar and student affairs focused on developing a document that moves beyond the traditional transcript to include student learning and achievement outside the classroom, too. 


Featured News

2017 State of Higher Education Address

On February 8, Commissioner Lubbers delivered her State of Higher Education Address at Ivy Tech Community College. This year's Address announced new initiatives including the Workforce Ready Grant and Roadtrip Indiana.

View the full address here.

Commission Unveils New-and-Improved ScholarTrack System 

ScholarTrack is the one-stop shop for Hoosiers’ state financial aid needs. ScholarTrack guides students and families through the process of planning for, applying for and maintaining financial aid, beginning in middle school and continuing through college. 

View the new system here.


Recent News

Indiana Making Progress toward Certificate Goal

More AP Exams Offered, Taken and Passed in 2016

FAFSA Deadline Nears

You Really Can Go Back

Calendar - Final

Upcoming Events

March 9: Commission meeting at Ivy Tech Noblesville

March 10: FAFSA Deadline

April 4: H. Kent Weldon Conference 

April 8: Next Steps Conference