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KRUSE REPORT: Keys to Preparing for Higher Education
Start Date: 10/3/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/3/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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By State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn)

For most of life’s challenges, success is based on building a solid foundation with the right tools, experience and support. Preparing for higher education is no exception.

As many high school students look toward graduation day, their parents, teachers and administrators are making it a priority to give them the resources needed to do well in college or vocational school. This can mean the difference between accomplishing goals and falling short of them.

In a recent study by the Indiana Department of Education, it was reported more Hoosier students are taking advantage of post-high school preparatory programs, including the ACT and SAT tests, Advanced Placement (AP) exams, technical education and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes. The study noted student participation in the ACT has increased by 29.2 percent since 2009 and in the SAT, 8.1 percent. AP test participation has surged by nearly 50 percent, and 20.1 percent more students are taking IB classes. There was also a 13.2 percent increase in technical education participation between the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. Because these programs provide essential skills for after graduation, high schools that offer them add valuable experience that sets apart their students’ academic backgrounds.

With programs such as Learn More Indiana’s College GO! Week, families and schools are finding more resources to get their students ready for life after high school. Graduation plans, university search engines like College Navigator and tips and tricks for college applications are all worthwhile materials for mapping out the necessary steps to finding and being accepted into the right school. Understanding what a student wants in a school and what is needed to get there are critical parts of the decision-making process.

As the cost of higher education continues to rise, it is also important for families to explore funding options before applying to college. One useful website, The Indiana College Costs Estimator, explains the financial aid process, provides calculators for determining college costs and offers scholarship search engines, among other resources. A second cost-saving option is beginning higher education at local schools, such as an Ivy Tech Community College campus, and transferring after two years. This helps students earn general education credits while paying less for them.

For students to be successful in their college journey, it is essential to have knowledge of the overall process and potential roadblocks before they begin it. High schools and families must make it a priority to prepare their students for higher education and serve as resources every step of the way.

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Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
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    Senate Republican Caucus

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