The Indiana Commission for Higher Education says the state is making progress toward the goal of having 60 percent of Hoosiers hold a quality degree or credential beyond high school by 2025. A new report from the commission shows certificate production has increased by more than 30 percent since 2012.
The organization says most of those certificates were awarded by the state’s public colleges, and took students between one and two years to earn. The report suggests short-term certificates have also seen significant growth since 2012. The commission says nearly 12,000 certificates were awarded last year, which is more than double the amount earned in 2011. Business and health-related programs accounted for more than half of the certificates awarded.
Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers says the commission is partnering with Governor Eric Holcomb, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana General Assembly on legislation that would create a new financial aid opportunity for adult students. The Workforce Ready Grant, currently under consideration in the Statehouse, would pay the cost for adults to earn a certificate in Indiana’s high-demand areas.
You can see more about the commission’s 2017 certificate report and its "Reaching Higher, Delivering Value" strategic plan by clicking here.