Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Reaching Higher: Strategic DirectiWls for Higher Education in Indiana

On June 8, 2007, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education unanimously adopted Reaching Higher:

Strategic Directions for Higher Education in Indiana as its plan for the future of higher education. Reaching Higher provides a comprehensive look at the future of postsecondary education in Indiana and desired outcomes for the system by outlining a series of recommendations in the areas of access, affordability, student success, college preparation and contributions to Indiana's economy. The strategic directions outlined focus on the important challenge areas, as identified by the Commission through the work of its subcommittee that began its work in November 2006.

Over the 2007-08 academic year, the Commission will concentrate on five key area of Reaching Higher that call for:

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• Ensuring that Indiana University and Purdue University are top-tier major research universities.

To assist with this implementation phase, the Commission has appointed a strategic directions committee to guide the work over the 2007-08 academic year. The Strategic Directions Committee is meeting monthly, engaged in deliberate dialogue with Indiana's college and university leadership to advance these areas, and using the Commission's regular monthly business meetings to discuss and allow for public input at a broader level. The process includes formalizing a working paper in each area outlining specific recommendations, detailing action steps for moving forward, providing data as appropriate, and including snapshots from literature reviews.