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  1. 1. Page 25 - BV_Mar-April 2012 Page 25 - BV_Mar-April 2012 Table of Contents Basic HTML Version View Full Version Harris, however, emphasizes: “We’re not trying to give them anything special beyond the discount – anything m than is offered to our other students; otherwise it would not a good experimen “This takes a lot of self-discipline and, unfortunately, all students who come in right out of high school have the b self-discipline. Some do, but not all,” he surmis Participating students commit to completing 30 credit hours per year (including continuous fall and spring enrollmen maintaining a minimum 2.0 grade point average and finish all their coursework at the Kokomo campus. If at some poi student drops below a 2.0, he or she is put on probation there is no improvement to the required level, then the stud is dismissed from the program Because of the uniqueness and infancy of the endea Harris states he has no specific goals “It would be very different if we would have selected a grou that wasn’t random. If we had (in the pilot) high-achievers certain socio-economic factors, it would be easier to set tar The students we selected are so broad academically and s economically that it’s very hard. “After the first year, we will have a better understanding what this incentive has done. To my knowledge, nothing l this has ever been done anywhere before,” he asserts. “Reall very little has been done in higher education to change price an use that as some kind of leverage or influence on student behav Around the Horn W hile IU Kokomo’s cost-saving program for students represents the most expansive approach it is by no means the only one in the sta Various four-year higher education institutions are taki on the challenge of affordability. Among the efforts: • Ball State University (Munow offering students reduction in summer tuition by an average of 18 reducing undergraduate credit hours, encouraging online courses and providing a $500 scholarship during the l semester for students in line to graduate within four years • Indiana Univers giving a 25% tuition discount t students for summer semesters at any of its seven campu beginning in 2012 • Indiana State University (Terre Hau reducing a scheduled undergraduate student fee increase for 20 2013 from 3.5% to 1.5% • Purdue University (West Lafa gradually moving to a trimester year-round schedule of courses that enable students to complete their degree in less • University of Southern Indiana (Evansv providing a 20% reduction in costs for summer session cou you pay only three years. For the student, that means you n to study hard. We know it’s going to cost us (financially), bu will follow. can also tell you that this year alone we’ve also increased financ “I would like to get to a point where we can offer it to students and find a way for us to stay financially stable an business,” he conclude The efforts at IU Kokomo have garnered state and natio attention. In fact, the Lumina Foundation recently testifi age 24 The desire, Harris says, is at some point to open up program to all first-time college attendees at the school. Bu also realizes that must first be reconciled with the finan implications. “Some people have questioned why would I d when in essence we lose money. The reason I’m not wo about it is my philosophy is to lead by programs and budg aid by 27%. (In fact, he says Kokomo students graduate w the lowest amount of debt of all the IU regional campus “We can do that because we try to run a campus tha very welcoming, but we are very lean in what we spend. try to spend every dollar in a very intentional manner, ensure academic success of students. We are making fri and developing relationships, and are helping to transform region,” he determines Just as the conversation started, it ended by circling b before Congress on the school’s innovative program. “We’re very proud of this experiment,” Harris shares. “The concept is a daring one in which you finish in four years a Page 26 to graduating students. “We are committed to enhancing degree attainment. We know the value of it and the value of the baccalaurea degree; it’s really a key for the future in life,” Harris reiterates. “I’ve traveled around the world and I’ve seen what’s happening: It’s a tsunami out there. Our biggest and stron power and ability is education; we’ve got to make sure more students get quality, world-class degrees while also d it in a more rigorous manner. I certainly believe India University at Kokomo is a world-class campus, and I th repayment (like in the pilot) is the key to encouraging stude to graduate faster.” INF OR MA TIONL Beautifying the campus and designing a new advising syste among other initiatives since Harris joined the school in 201 ResourceMichael Harris, Indiana University Kokomo, at www.iuk.edu http://www.bizvoicemagazine.com/media/interactive-ed/BV_Mar-April-2012/files/assets/seo/page27.html[2/11/2014 10:55:07 PM]
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