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Ind. education chief seeks better graduation rates

Updated: January 10, 2013 11:06PM



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s higher education commissioner says universities, lawmakers and students need to find new ways of making sure college students graduate on time.

Commissioner Teresa Lubbers said Wednesday that too few students are completing secondary education and many of those who do are saddled with debt. She says improving graduation rates would boost individual wealth and the state’s economy.

The Journal & Courier and The Indianapolis Star report that Lubbers’ remarks coincided with the release of a new commission report which found that just three in 10 Indiana students complete a four-year degree on time and less than one in 10 students finish a two-year degree on time.

The commission has asked state lawmakers for a 7.5 percent increase in appropriations to fund the state’s total higher education budget for 2013-15.



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