Reaching Higher, Achieving More (RHAM) is organized around student success by “creating efficient pathways and incentives for completion of degrees and certificates, promoting productivity to safeguard affordability, and attaining a standard of academic quality that ensures Indiana’s college credentials are universally recognized for their rigor and value.”
The Commission continues to work on issues relating to Quality in higher education. The worth of a higher education is not found only in the degree, but also in knowing that the knowledge and skills learned are of high quality and will be of use in the workplace. To that end, as part of Reaching Higher, Achieving More the Commission and Indiana’s institutions of higher education must embrace increased public transparency, innovative approaches to education (including accelerated learning) with defined learning outcomes and quality assessments. Key successes under the Quality section include:
- Return on Investment Reports. The Commission is publishing a multi-stage report that brings to light the investment required to attend college and the expected return with respect to more opportunities, higher earnings and greater job security.
- Innovative Models
1) Ivy Tech Community College’s ASAP program allows students to earn accelerated associate’s degrees within well-supported cohorts.
2) WGU-Indiana’s online competency-based model offers another innovative approach.
3) Indiana Wesleyan’s adult program is gaining national attention for its success with the non-traditional students.
- Commitment to Competencies
1) Through a resolution adopted by the Commission in June 2013, Indiana became a LEAP state, which will provide Indiana with established learning outcomes and degree profiles to show what a student should be mastering in higher education.
2) The Commission adopted a second resolution in February 2014 endorsing recognition of competency and prior learning, calling on institutions to cultivate a culture focused on competency, examine their policies on prior learning and self-paced study and provide students with additional tools for demonstrating competency whenever possible.
3) Indiana’s General Education Core and Single Articulation Pathways are both based on competencies instead of courses.
- Experiential Learning. The EARN (Employment Aid Readiness Network) Indiana provides access to resume-building, experiential, paid internships for students with financial need. EARN Indiana positions give students professional experience and networking opportunities, readying them for a career after graduation. EARN employers receive a dollar-for-dollar match to help pay for the internships. The Commission has entered a partnership with Indiana INTERNnet (Indiana Chamber of Commerce) to better match students and employers, to maximize each student’s experience and to assist employers in finding the perfect fit for their team.
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