The Indiana Commission for Higher Education convened its meeting on our campus June 13. The purpose of the meeting was Reaching Higher, Achieving More, which calls for a system of higher education that is Student-centered, mission-driven and workforce-aligned.
Our campus was proud to host, especially since these agenda items speak to our goal in strategic planning, which is student success. We are all in favor of enhancing the culture of completion in higher education. That’s why we are pleased that Indiana is now a LEAP state, with a range of first-year initiatives that are fully supported by our campus for student access and success.
We agree with ICHE that a more productive higher education system will increase student success and safeguard college affordability, and that college completion and productivity must not come at the expense of academic quality. The upcoming Regional Campuses Study Committee will be an opportunity to work together to study governance and operation of regional campuses and conduct analysis of our own management, growth, needs and future plans.
We were delighted by the announcement that ICHE will increase financial aid for students and the support of an Indiana-Ohio reciprocity announcement, which gives greater access and affordability to a growing population of students in the region.
Ideas like these strengthen the quality of higher education in northeast Indiana, and we look forward to working closely with ICHE to continue thoughtful conversation and shared thoughts in our mutual goal of student success.
It is my hope that IPFW will be the best university in Indiana for the persistence of its students with the best teaching faculty in Indiana evidenced by commitment to excellence in the classroom and student outcomes. By creating signature programs of scholarship support, we can facilitate the culture of completion in higher education.
The goals of ICHE are of high priority to our campus community in general and to me in particular. We appreciate ICHE’s support of our campus and willingness to create discourse on important efforts for higher education in Indiana.
VICKY L. CARWEIN
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne