Rep. Dermody: 2013 legislation paying off

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Friday, July 17, 2015

STATEHOUSE – In 2013, State Representative Tom Dermody (R- LaPorte) authored legislation to incentivize college students to graduate in four years. This week, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) released their 2015 Indiana College Completion Report which showed that more Hoosiers are completing college and earning degrees on time.

“When I authored this legislation, Indiana ranked 40th in the nation in terms of on-time college completion. Not only did this mean that students were not graduating in the traditional four years, but they were incurring more debt than necessary and delaying their entrance into the workforce,” said Rep. Dermody. “I am pleased to see that more students are graduating on time, which will set them up for success later in life, and that my 2013 legislation is paying off.”

This is the second year that the CHE has released a report that provides a comprehensive picture of college completion in the state. In addition to examining on time degrees, the report also looked at completion rates for students who transfer from one college to another, those who take up to eight years to graduate and those who attend college part-time.

“Having followed this issue closely for several years, and despite impressive gains, still half of Hoosier students who earn a bachelor’s degree take five to eight years to graduate. That is why it is so important that we continue to find innovative ways to incentive and encourage students to graduate on time. I look forward to working towards this goal,” said Rep. Dermody.

To read the full 2015 Indiana College Completion Report, please visit in.gov/che/files/2015_College_Completion_Report_Final.pdf.

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