Indiana Selected to Lead Initiative to Boost College Completion Numbers

Indiana Selected to Lead Initiative to Boost College Completion Numbers

Governor Pence announced that Indiana has been selected as one of three states to lead a nationwide initiative aimed towards boosting college completion numbers.
"We can now track students from K through 12, all the way through to the work force." - Bob Wilkinson
Governor Pence announced that Indiana has been selected as one of three states to lead a nationwide initiative aimed towards boosting college completion numbers.

The initiative is a program called "Guided Pathways to Success", and will provide structured degree programs, default course schedules, and special advising.

IPFW supports the governor's initiative and is starting a major research project, aimed at increasing graduation numbers.

"We can now track students from K through 12, all the way through to the work force."

Bob Wilkinson is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research and Planning at IPFW.

Wilkinson, along with other researchers, will be collecting data from the Department of Education, the Indiana Commission of Higher Education, and the Indiana Workforce.

"What we're gonna try and do is see if we can't find patterns from High School to post-secondary to the work force.  See where students run into trouble, and where the stumbling blocks are."

Wilkinson says it's important to identify the factors that contribute to students not finishing college.  Knowing these will help the University establish a way to help students graduate, and learn the skills they need in order to be successful.

"In this day and age, the skills and abilities that one needs to be successful in the work force is more and more taking a post-secondary away of some type."

Governor Pence made a statement Tuesday morning after announcing that Indiana has been selected as one of the 3 states to lead the nation wide initiative.

"Indiana faces a serious skills gap that demands bold reforms that support Hoosiers- particularly working students and returning adults-- in their efforts to complete college and succeed in their chosen careers. Today we're charting a new path forward that equips more students to finish faster with the education and training they need to thrive in a 21st century economy."

The nationwide initiative, as well as part of IPFW's goal is to keep students on track and on time.

"We've gotta get the students engaged with their education and with the institution."

Students don't complete college for many reason, from finance to social or personal issues.  The nationwide initiative and IPFW research will target those issues, and hopefully identify clear pathways that lead to college graduation.
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