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Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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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” (RHAM, page 4).

Reaching Higher, Achieving More calls for a higher education system that is:

  • Student-centered, recognizing the changing needs and demographics students and placing students at the center of each and every effort, from development to implementation.
  • Mission-driven, recognizing Indiana’s diverse landscape of public and private postsecondary education providers, each filling a distinct but integrated role within the state’s higher education system.
  • Workforce-aligned, recognizing the increasing knowledge, skills and degree attainment needed for lifetime employment and ensuring Indiana's economic competitiveness

Indiana’s rate of higher education attainment leaves much room for growth. According to 2012 Census data, only 34.4 percent of working-age Hoosiers (25-64 years old) hold a two- or four-year college degree; the national average is 39.4 percent. Indiana has made the Big Goal of 60 percent higher education attainment by 2025 a centerpiece of its higher education policy, and data suggest that if Indiana does nothing, only 41 percent of Hoosiers will have a degree by 2025.  It is vital to address this issue, as data from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University suggests that by 2020 over 60 percent of the expected job vacancies in Indiana will require a postsecondary credential.

In 2012, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education unanimously adopted Reaching Higher, Achieving More: A Success Agenda for Higher Education in Indiana. Reaching Higher, Achieving More calls for a student-centered, mission-differentiated and workforce-aligned higher education system in Indiana. The plan calls on Indiana’s postsecondary community to focus on three key factors: completion, productivity and quality. The Commission has supplemented the plan with resolutions to further refine the success agenda for Indiana’s college students.

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