Higher Education

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Indiana's two largest public universities are throwing their support behind a lawsuit challenging a new federal student visa policy from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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Go to school in person this fall or leave the country. That's the message Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is sending to international college students with a new policy announced Monday, and it's leaving students scrambling to figure out their options.

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Indiana continues to see a decline in the percentage of high school graduates going to college. 

State Offers Virtual Help As FAFSA Deadline Looms

Apr 10, 2020
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The state deadline to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is less than a week away, and the state is hosting a virtual event Monday night to offer support for students who still need to file while stuck at home.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University officials say enrollment in online courses has soared during the past decade across the school's campuses even as overall student enrollment has dropped.

School research shows total enrollment of degree-seeking students at IU campuses fell by nearly 5% from the fall of 2011 to the fall of 2019. But The Herald-Times reports that the number of students taking at least one online course has more than doubled during the same time.

Students equipped with more advanced high school diplomas perform better in college, according to a new report highlighting the need for schools to offer more support for low-income students and students of color.

Former Purdue Northwest professor leaves $8M to school

Apr 15, 2019
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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A building at Purdue University Northwest is being named in honor of a former professor who left about $8 million from his estate for student scholarships and professorships.

The Purdue University Board of Trustees recently approved the official naming of the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building, which is under construction in Hammond, Indiana, and is set to open in fall 2020.

Nelson grew up in Farmington, Missouri. The organic chemistry professor retired in 1991 and died in 2017 at age 90.

A new partnership between the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Ivy Tech Community College will make tuition discounts available to some Hoosier employees as part of an existing program at the 2-year college.

Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree program connects Hoosiers with education programs – and financial aid options – to build their career credentials. The new partnership between Ivy Tech and the Indiana Chamber expands those efforts and includes a 5 percent discount on tuition costs not already covered by financial aid, for employees at the chamber’s member companies.

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The public’s confidence in higher education needs to improve. That was the message from Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers during this year’s annual address.

Lubbers says despite more students finishing degrees on time, some groups – including people in rural communities – still question its value. She pushed back on that idea.

Manchester's Offers Unique Online Pharmacy Course

Jan 15, 2018
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In January Manchester University will begin their new Pharmacogenomics or PGx online master’s program. This is the only online master’s program of its kind in the world and it was created here in Fort Wayne.

 

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Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are working on a program with community college students found those who receive mentorship support had a greater chance of completing an associates degree than those who didn’t.

Ivy Tech Community College’s new strategic plan calls for more than doubling the number of degrees earned by students in the next five years.

Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann wants to boost certifications, certificates and degrees awarded statewide from about 21,000 to 50,000 annually by 2023.

She also wants to grow enrollment by more than 25 percent in the next five years from about 94,000 students to nearly 120,000 students.

To help reach that goal, the college is improving academic advising and offering eight-week classes to help recruit and retain students.

Bills Would Allow In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students

Jan 5, 2018

Two bills filed in the Indiana General Assembly would give different ways for immigrants who graduate from an Indiana high school to be eligible for in-state tuition.

Since 2011 Indiana makes immigrant students who cannot prove state residency pay the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate. It is one of three states with this requirement.

Sen. Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) says Senate Bill 319 would help with a priority of the Republican supermajority: to better prepare students for jobs.

Purdue University Fort Wayne Reveals New Logo

Jan 4, 2018
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Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne announced they will partner with SME Inc. to implement a new Purdue University Fort Wayne brand. The university also revealed their new academic logo in a news conference. 

IU Tuition Benefits At Risk From Federal Tax Proposal

Dec 8, 2017

Major changes to U.S. tax policy being debated in Washington have Indiana University officials concerned, because pieces of the proposed plans would negatively impact thousands of IU workers and their families.

The interim study committee on education considered multiple proposals before formalizing recommendations for lawmakers.

One would have allowed students living in the U.S. without legal permission to pay in-state tuition at Indiana colleges and universities. Indiana is one of three states in the country that specifically prohibits that.

But the recommendation failed to garner enough votes.

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IUPUI’s engineering department is adding an additional focus on the future of energy.

Purdue’s trustees voted last week to rename it the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering.

Dean David Russomanno says he wants to stay away from the politically-charged topic of the nation’s energy future, which he says he’s doing by encouraging IUPUI professors to be, in his words, “agnostic” about their research.

Three Indiana universities made the top 100 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “best” rankings for higher education institutions, released Tuesday.

The University of Notre Dame came in at No. 18 among all universities in the country.

If college students want a better chance at getting As in their classes, new research says setting goals at the beginning of the semester increases the opportunity to earn better grades.

Victoria Prowse is an associate professor of economics at Purdue University and helped conduct research on how goal setting affected the grades of college students. The study worked with 4,000 students at a large, public university, all taking a required class.

The Indiana State Board of Education approved four private schools with a history of low performance and academic failure to accept publicly funded vouchers to cover tuition for incoming students during a meeting Wednesday.

The schools had lost their ability to enroll new students in the Choice Scholarship Program because they had been rated a D or F on the state’s accountability system for at least two consecutive years.

More than 700 Indiana students received a certificate of multilingual proficiency from the state, meaning the students are proficient in two languages.

The Department of Education awarded this certificate, and this is the first cohort of students receiving the recognition.

6 Questions To Ask About The Purdue-Kaplan Deal

May 9, 2017

So, there’s been some big news going around the higher education world this past week. In a nutshell: Indiana’s Purdue University will acquire the for-profit Kaplan University, which operates primarily online.

Since this news broke, there’s been plenty of speculation about what it means when a public research university acquires a for-profit entity: Is this a way for a public research university to reach more students? Is this a way that a for-profit college can operate in “stealth mode?”

We take a look at the biggest questions surrounding the move:

Hoosier Academies Virtual School was near the brink of closure by the Indiana State Board of Education in March 2015 when the board opted for a one-year delay on casting a verdict.

Then, there was a call for another delay.

Now, more than two years since Indiana’s first online charter school became eligible for state intervention due to chronic failure, the state board will consider whether to shutter it or take a less severe type of intervention during a meeting Wednesday in Evansville.

Sanctuary Campuses Now Banned Under Indiana Law

May 3, 2017

Indiana has officially outlawed so-called sanctuary campuses, colleges and universities that pledge they won’t share anyone’s immigration status with federal authorities.

A bill signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb bans higher education institutions from officially pledging non-cooperation with immigration authorities. If one does, the state would be able to file a civil suit and a court could enjoin the institution.

Purdue Trustees Approve New Name For IPFW

Apr 21, 2017
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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne will soon have a much shorter name. The Purdue Board of Trustees announced Friday that as the school splits into two universities, the campus will be known as Purdue University Fort Wayne.

FAFSA Filing Deadline is April 15 In Indiana

Apr 13, 2017

This Saturday is the deadline for Indiana students to fill out their application for college financial aid, including the federal Pell Grant.

To receive financial aid for college, students must complete the FAFSA — that’s the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

“Every prospective college student—whether they’re a high school senior or a returning adult—should complete the FAFSA,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said.

 

Colleges and universities across the country are tackling a big issue: Whether to officially adopt certain policies intended to protect people who entered the U.S. illegally.

In Indiana, that conversation could soon end.

Under a bill moving through the Indiana Legislature, lawmakers would outlaw so-called sanctuary campuses. They’re colleges that pledge they will not share anyone’s immigration status with federal authorities.

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IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein announced Wednesday she will be retiring by the end of this year. As IPFW transitions to two campuses, run separately by Purdue and IU, she says the timing is right for a new chancellor to step in and lead the campus to this next stage.

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Three Indiana University Northwest faculty members creating a medical humanities curriculum for the Gary campus, as well as at IU South Bend and IU Kokomo, are one of the winners of the inaugural IU Regional Campus Grand Challenges Initiative. 

Grand Challenges are defined in IU's Strategic Plan as "major and large-scale problems" facing humanity that can "only be addressed by multidisciplinary teams of the best researcher." 

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