State leaders play a vital role in developing systems that influence how higher education institutions and K-12 schools work with one another to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education. In 2018, the Indiana Department of Education and Commission for Higher Education jointly convened a Postsecondary Transitions Steering Committee to develop a set of shared priorities to increase students’ postsecondary preparation, transitions and success. Chaired by K-12 Superintendent Jennifer McCormick and Higher Ed Commissioner Teresa Lubbers. The Postsecondary Transitions Steering Committee was responsible for developing a joint K-12 and higher education action plan that identified ways that the K-12 and Higher Education systems could broaden and deepen their partnership efforts to increase the number of students that seamlessly transition to a postsecondary degree program.
The Postsecondary Transitions Steering Committee arrived at a set of recommendations to improve postsecondary transitions in Indiana in the following areas:
- Develop and scale postsecondary transition pathways, beginning with mathematics.
- Promote navigational supports that smooth student transitions from secondary to postsecondary education and training, including but not limited to activities currently required for the 21st Century Scholars.
- Expand the use of key postsecondary transitions data to facilitate cross-sector collaboration and support student success.
In November 2018, the Commission for Higher Education unanimously approved a resolution supporting the recommendations. In December 2018, the State Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution supporting the recommendations.
The Indiana Postsecondary Transitions Committee illustrates the power that cross-sector collaboration between K-12 and higher education can have in opening doors that will ensure the academic and career success of students.
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