Fewer Indiana high school graduates going on to college – pdclarion.com

(The Center Square) – Indiana saw the biggest one-year drop in the percentage of high school graduates going on to college in 2019, with just 59% enrolling in a college or university.

“This is serious,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said in a letter accompanying the state’s annual college readiness report. “Indiana will not reach its big goal – that at least 60 percent of Hoosiers have a quality credential beyond high school by 2025 – and will not be able to fill its workforce pipeline needs without students attending college.”

The percentage of students going to college in Indiana has dropped 6% over the last five years, from 65% in 2015 to 59% in 2019.

It is now at its lowest level since 2009, when the Commission for Higher Education began tracking it.

“Previously, a strong economy was identified as a reason for fewer Hoosiers