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Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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  • Indiana's Framework for Policy and Planning Development
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    The document outlines the goals for postsecondary education in Indiana and the alignment of Indiana’s system of higher education.  The six goals include: 1) increasing student participation, 2) ensuring affordability, 3) increasing student success and degree completion, 4) assisting in research and economic development, and 5) measuring student learning.

  • Indiana's Postsecondary Indicators--February 11, 2005
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    The Commission’s Framework includes a number of indicators of progress and a number of measures comparing how the state and institutions perform relative to other states and institutions.  Data from the indicators and descriptors have been collected and are presented in this report.  The report examines preparation, participation, affordability, success, research and economic development, and resource utilization for institutional performance indicators and descriptors.

  • Regional Campus Agreement
    (Approved by the Commission - September 14, 2001)

    The agreement discusses undergraduate education and the relationships between the Indiana’s community colleges and the Indiana University and Purdue University regional campuses and IUPUI. The agreement understands that attracting, preparing, and retaining talented, and well-educated people will require a broad range of advanced educational opportunities, including those that improve the health care, schools, neighborhoods, government, culture, and social service of each regional campus’ service area.

  • Policy on Regional Campus Roles and Missions
    (Approved by the Commission - June 11, 2015)

  • Policy for Authorizing New Campuses and Off-Campus Sites
    (Approved by the Commission - October 11, 1996)

    The Authorizing New Campuses and Off-Campus Sites policy is meant to:

      1. Clarify statewide terminology of referring to locations at which instruction is offered (campuses, instructional sites, etc), and
      2. Assist the Commission in fulfilling its statutory authority " to approve or disapprove the establishment of any new branches, regional or other campuses, or extension centers, and
      3. Introduce an academic dimension to considering investments in facilities at off-campus sites, and
      4. Provide guidelines that institutions can use in planning campus and off-campus development, and
      5. Achieve a balance between protecting the state’s investment in existing campus resources and encouraging off-campus activity, thereby maximizing student access to instructional opportunities, through appropriate and modest competition among institutions.
  • Policy on IPFW Policy on IPFW Multisystem Metropolitan Campus
    (Approved by the Commission - June 11, 2015)

    Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (henceforth, IPFW), which has historically been designated a regional campus by Commission policy, serves the area of the second-largest city in the state with a significant presence of business and industry. It is also unique in that it offers approximately half of its degrees from each system (Indiana University and Purdue University), whereas regional campuses offer degrees from primarily the parent institution. This campus is charged to carry out all of higher education’s traditional values in teaching, research, and professional service, as well as, providing leadership to a metropolitan region by using its resources to improve the region’s quality of life. It does so in alignment with the Commission’s Reaching Higher strategies advancing student access, affordability, and quality education while increasing college completion rates and productivity. As such, it is now being designated a Multisystem Metropolitan University.


  • Degree Map Guidance for Indiana's Public Colleges and Universities

    House Enrolled Act 1348-2013 established, for the first time, a requirement that public colleges provide degree maps to all new full-time students. It also provides a course-scheduling guarantee to these students; if a course on a student’s degree map for a particular semester is not offered or is full, the institution must provide the course for free in a future semester unless it provides a revised degree map. The Act directs the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to work in consultation with state educational institutions to provide guidance for establishing degree maps, including:

      1. Procedures for establishing a degree map, including requirements for adjusting a degree map when a student changes his/her major;
      2. Requirements and guidance for colleges to determine when the college must offer a course at no cost to the student; and
      3. Any other provisions the Commission determines are necessary.



  • State Policy on Associate Degree Programs Offered at Public Institutions
    (Approved by the Commission - June 14, 1996)

    The intent of this policy is to clarify statewide usage of degree designations for associates degree, elucidate discussion about associates degree curricular content, communicate effectively to students about associate degree offerings by public institutions, facilitate transfer of associate degree credit so that as many students as possible will have the opportunity to continue their postsecondary education, avoid needless duplication of state resources, and sharpen institutional missions.

  • Ivy Tech State College Industrial Apprenticeship Technology Programs: Key Academic Understandings
    (Approved by the Commission- August 13, 1999)

    This policy allows Ivy Tech to develop Industrial Apprenticeship Technology Programs with any company in their region, as long as the curriculum developed for each company conforms to the model curriculum for that trade specialty. These trades include electricians, facilities maintenance, machine repair, sheet metal worker, etc.


  • Policy on Delivering Degree Programs Through Distance Education Technology
    (Approved by the Commission - May 11, 2012)

    The purpose of this policy is to ensure that distance learners have access to the same quality of instruction available on campus. The policy allows campuses to respond quickly to new opportunities for serving students through distance education technology.


  • Incentive and Performance Funding Initiatives
    (Approved by the Commission-September 12, 1997)

    This policy proposed a change in the way the state funds enrollment change, new facility operating expenses, debt service, degree completion, and new degree programs.


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