Students from Saint Joseph's College will join their peers from Indiana's private, non-profit colleges and universities in delivering three messages in person at the Indiana State House on Tuesday, April 9: Sincere thanks for the legislators' ongoing commitment to state need-based financial aid for students; the urgent need for their continued support of this program; and the critical importance to Indiana's economic health of increasing the number of Hoosiers with bachelor's degrees.
Students will gather first at the Indiana History Center at 450 W. Ohio Street beginning at 10:30 am CDT. Before walking to the State House at noon to meet with their hometown legislators, the students will be briefed by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) President Richard Ludwick on current legislative issues involving state-funded need-based student aid. Several legislators are also expected to address the students.
Indiana's independent colleges and universities are a smart investment for students and the state, graduating twice as many of their students in four years as any other sector of higher education in Indiana, costing the state less per degree because the campuses themselves receive no state funding, and contributing $4B in total economic impact around the state.
"Our goal is not only to raise awareness to the legislature of the importance of state financial aid - to put students' names and faces on the state funds they appropriate - but also to introduce our students to how the legislative process works, how it affects their lives and futures, and how they can play a role in shaping its direction," says Ludwick.
Independent Colleges of Indiana is a membership association that serves as the collective voice for the state's 31 private, non-profit colleges and universities. ICI member institutions enroll some 90,000 students (approximately 20 percent of all students statewide) and annually produce 35 percent of all bachelor's degrees in Indiana. Information about ICI is available at www.icindiana.org.
Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 34 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.
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