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  • Indiana's Framework for Policy and Planning Development (large file size--right click and save target as for quickest downloading)

    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 (large file size--right click and save target as for quickest downloading)

    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.

  • Dual Credit Policy * (Approved by the Commission - November 11, 2005)

  • Policy on Regional Campus Roles and Missions *(Approved by the Commission - June 2011)
     

New Academic Degree Programs

  • Checklist of Criteria To Be Used by the Commission in Taking Action on New Degree Programs 
    *(Approved by the Commission - August 10, 2012)

    • Program Description with Questions  Word
    • Program Description with Questions  PDF
    • Program Description Blank Form  Word
    • Program Description Blank Form   PDF

    Indiana public colleges and universities wishing to develop and implement new academic programs must have such programs approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. This policy discusses the format to which each institution must submit these requests to the Commission.

  • 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.

New Campuses & Off-Campus Sites

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

    The intent of this policy is to: 1) clarify statewide terminology of referring to locations at which instruction is offered (campuses, instructional sites, etc), 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, 3) introduce an academic dimension to considering investments in facilities at off-campus sites, 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.

Distance Education

Reciprocity Agreements

  • Reciprocity Agreement Between Indiana and Ohio (Approved by the Commission - June 13, 2013;

    The general purpose of the this tuition reciprocity agreement is to expand postsecondary education opportunities in Eastern Indiana and Western Ohio while limiting the cost of such expansion to the taxpayers of Indiana and Ohio through collaboration among public institutions of higher education. The intended outcomes are to increase availability of programs to residents of both states.


  • Reciprocity Agreement Between Indiana and Kentucky (Approved by the Commission - May 9, 2013)
The general purpose of the this tuition reciprocity agreement is to expand postsecondary education opportunities in Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky while limiting the cost of such expansion to the taxpayers of Indiana and Kentucky through collaboration among public institutions of higher education. The intended outcomes are to increase availability of programs to residents of both states. Signed copy on file at the Commission for Higher Education.

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.

Student Housing at University of Southern Indiana

These items respond to the need to support students through residential facilities at the University of Southern Indiana.