Degree completions are top performance goals set for Indiana’s public colleges and universities

BY: - July 14, 2023

Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education (CHE) on Thursday approved specific “outcomes-based” performance goals that must be met annually by each of the state’s colleges and universities in order for the schools to receive additional taxpayer funding. The incentives-driven funding model was adopted by the commission in May and provides flexibility for institutions to work towards […]


Higher ed capital projects move forward

BY: - July 13, 2023

Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education on Thursday greenlit seven capital projects across multiple Indiana colleges and university campuses costing more than $300 million. State lawmakers included funding for the projects in the new two-year budget, too. The projects include: Ball State University’s North Campus renovation of approximately 358,463 square feet inside the University Theater, as well […]

New Indiana ILEARN scores show more improvement, but still no pre-pandemic bounce-back

BY: - July 12, 2023

An increasing number of Hoosier students in grades 3-8 are passing state standardized tests — signaling continued learning loss recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. But ILEARN scores still trail behind 2019 results, and students who struggled before the pandemic are not making academic rebounds as fast as their peers. Nearly 41% of Indiana students who […]

US Supreme Court rules against Biden administration student loan debt relief plan

BY: - June 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the Biden administration does not have the legal authority to enact a one-time student debt relief program, dealing a blow to the 40 million Americans who would have qualified. Last year, the Biden Administration rolled out a debt forgiveness plan for borrowers with federal student […]

Learning to lead at Future Presidents of America camp

BY: - June 30, 2023

While many young Hoosiers are enjoying their summers at the pool or playing video games at a friends’ house, a group of 18 teenagers are in a classroom planning for the future.  As they listen to a speech from Marion Superior Court Judge Ryan Gardner, students take notes, sip water or Dunkin iced coffee and […]

Indiana Supreme Court grants relief to school corporation in wind turbine dispute

BY: - June 30, 2023

An East Central Indiana school corporation that sought access to a wind turbine will not be on the hook for more than $1.5 million in damages after the state supreme court ruled Wednesday that the construction contract “is void and unenforceable.” At issue in the case was whether school officials sought the wind turbine for […]

US Supreme Court strikes down use of affirmative action in college admissions

BY: and - June 29, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that two prominent universities’ consideration of race in acceptances violated the U.S. Constitution, effectively reshaping the role of affirmative action in the college admissions process throughout higher education. In a 6-3 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, wrote that the admissions processes at […]

Tuition hikes on the way for Indiana’s public colleges and universities, with fewer students going

BY: - June 27, 2023

Indiana’s public colleges and universities are slated to increase tuition and fees over the biennium — up to 4.9% per year — despite pushback from some state lawmakers and budget officials. Representatives from Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education (CHE) told the State Budget Committee last week that if tuition and fees must go up, the […]

New Indiana education dashboard data sheds light on student performance, teacher retention

BY: - June 26, 2023

An updated education data dashboard released this month by the Fairbanks Foundation shows declining teacher retention across Indiana, as well as increases to student suspensions and expulsions, among other trends. For the first time, the Community Data Snapshot additionally displays academic outcomes and workforce readiness information for Marion County on a school-by-school basis. Users can […]

Indiana education officials roll out school guidance on newly passed laws

BY: - June 21, 2023

Indiana education officials outlined its new statewide curriculum and cautioned schools from purchasing updated curricular materials — for now — as part of a response to numerous education-related measures adopted during the most recent legislative session. The new legislative guidance released this month by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is meant to help schools […]

Indiana high schoolers raise AP scores in 2022 — but there’s still room for improvement

BY: - June 16, 2023

Indiana high schoolers increased their Advanced Placement scores to pre-pandemic norms in 2022, but many are still short of passing, according to preliminary data released by the College Board. Advanced Placement (AP) classes allow students to take college-level coursework and earn college credits while in high school — as long as they pass the end-of-year […]

Indiana’s “school choice” voucher program grew 20% last year — with more growth coming

BY: - June 14, 2023

Indiana’s private school voucher program grew by 20% in the 2022-23 school year — the largest increase in the number of students in nearly 10 years, according to a new report. The Indiana Department of Education’s (IDOE) annual Choice Scholarship Program analysis released this month showed state funds paid private school tuition for 53,262 Hoosier […]