Entry by Pat Patterson
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce seeks to advance policy innovation and change in higher education finance, management and instructional delivery to substantially increase the number of students who complete postsecondary education. Currently, the Indiana Chamber is leading Indiana’s participation in the Lumina Productivity Initiative, a national program aimed at increasing the percentage of college graduates in the U.S. from 40% to 60% by 2025. The Indiana initiative, funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education and conducted in partnership with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Governor’s Office, is focused specifically on performance-based funding, engagement of university trustees and productivity of regional campuses.
From the Achieve Indiana site, you can download a new higher education report, Crossing the Starting Line: An Examination of Productivity at Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, prepared by Patrick Kelly of NCHEMS — the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. The report chronicles how Indiana’s public colleges and universities compare to their national peers in regards to student retention, graduation, and degree and certificate completion relative to costs.