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Indiana’s higher education attainment rates are lagging behind national averages at a time when postsecondary credentials are nothing short of necessary for success in our 21st‐century economy. To support the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s (ICHE) efforts to address this problem, Public Agenda held 11 focus groups with current students, non-completing students, professional advisors and faculty advisors and also reviewed literature on pathways.
The study had three goals: (1) understand perceptions of the obstacles to smooth degree pathways and timely college completion; (2) probe responses to a set of policy proposals being explored by ICHE; and, (3) review promising practices based on national literature.