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Letter: More college graduates, less debt good for state

Teresa Lubbers

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education

To the editor:

Education beyond high school has never been more essential, but Hoosiers — both as individuals and as taxpayers — often aren’t getting their full return on investment from higher education today.

We have too few students who graduate and even fewer who graduate on time. We are producing too few degrees, especially in high-demand fields. And we have too much student debt, especially for those who exit college with debt and no degree.

The Commission for Higher Education’s new “Return on Investment” report shows these realities in vivid terms. Only three in 10 Hoosier students complete a four-year degree on time, and less than one in 10 earns a two-year degree on time.

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