Indiana Pledges to Significantly Increase College Completion by 2020

Indiana is partnering with 16 other states on a new national initiative to raise college completion rates. Led in Indiana by Governor Mitch Daniels and Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers, the national effort is directed by Complete College America, a nonprofit organization working to increase the number of adults with a college degree or postsecondary credential.

“The average citizen would be shocked to learn how many Hoosiers start college and never finish,” said Governor Daniels. ‘It’s a major reason Indiana has one of the lowest percentages of degree holders in America, which in turn is probably the biggest single obstacle to the economic future of our state.”

Seventeen states—including Indiana—form the Complete College Alliance: Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia. Partner states must pledge to make college completion a top priority by committing to:

• Set state‐ and campus‐specific degree and credential completion goals;
• Develop and implement aggressive state and campus‐level action plans for meeting the state’s completion goals; and
• Collect and report common measures of progress toward the state’s completion goals.

“There is nothing more important to Indiana’s higher education agenda than improving college completion rates,” Commissioner Lubbers said.

Complete College America’s leading experts will provide Indiana and other alliance states with in‐depth technical support to build consensus for reform, to develop policy action plans, and to effectively use federal funding to produce more degrees.

Five national foundations are providing multi‐year support to Complete College America, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Lumina Foundation for Education.

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