Students from Indiana’s private, non-profit colleges and universities want to deliver three messages in person at the Statehouse on Tuesday, February 12: 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 of increasing the number of Hoosiers with bachelor’s degrees to Indiana’s economic health. Six Anderson University students, along with Professor of History Dr. Joel Shrock, will be participating in the event.
In this first of three student lobby days coordinated by Independent Colleges of Indiana, participating campuses are: Anderson University, Earlham College, Hanover College, Huntington University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Martin University, Taylor University, University of Indianapolis, and Wabash College. Students from other ICI campuses will visit the State House on March 12 and April 9.
Students will gather first at the Indiana Historical Society at 450 W. Ohio Street beginning at 10:30 a.m. Before walking to the Statehouse at noon to meet with their hometown legislators, the students will be briefed by 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 $4 billion 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, nonprofit 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.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.