[r76] Hoosier colleges and universities (9/18/2014)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Start Date: 9/18/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/18/2014
All across the nation students have begun the new school year. Many high school seniors may have visited various colleges in and out of the state, and they are starting to make their final decisions. It is never too late for them to decide what their future plans are, because the end of the school year will be here before we know it.

As an educator, I know first-hand what students have to go through in order to make an educated decision of what to do after high school. 

We have the benefit of having many credible universities right here in our state, and while not every student wishes to stay in Indiana for their post-secondary education, the cost sometimes deters students from attending an out-of-state college. Thankfully, our state universities are some of the best in the nation.

A recent U.S. News and World Report ranked nearly 1,800 schools across the country. Academic quality, value and range of programs were all factors considered in the rankings. 

Purdue University was ranked 20th on the report’s list of top national public universities, while Indiana University Bloomington was ranked 30th. These schools may be the first choice for some students, and parents can rest assured that their education will be well worth the cost of an in-state program. 

Our local students also have the benefit of having some great colleges in our backyard. The University of Southern Indiana offers more than 60 majors for associates and baccalaureate degrees as well as masters programs. Also, the University of Evansville boasts a wonderful study abroad program, with options to travel while earning an accredited degree. 

Not every student wishes to go straight to a four-year program, sometimes a community college is the most logical and economical choice. Ivy Tech Community College, which boasts 32 campuses across Indiana, offers one of the most valuable resources to students today, and Community College Week ranked them first among two-year institutions nationwide. 

Whichever students decide to do – enter the workforce, choose a four-year program or a two-year degree – they need to know their resources are not limited to a one-size-fits-all package. Various schools offer different programs for all sorts of students. Students and parents can both take comfort in knowing that there are many opportunities available. Hopefully, our Hoosier students decide to stay in the state and continue to make Indiana a wonderful place to live, study and work.

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Rep. McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. 

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