Two HU students joined dozens of other Indiana private, non-profit colleges and university students to deliver three messages in person at the Indiana State House on Tuesday, April 4. ICI students:
- Offered their sincere thanks for the legislators’ ongoing commitment to state need-based financial aid for students
- Shared their reasoning for their continued support of this program
- Highlighted the critical importance of increasing the number of Hoosiers with bachelor’s degrees to Indiana’s economy
The two students that represented HU were freshman Juliet Wilson, a political science major from Goshen, Indiana, and sophomore Krista Mounsey, a nursing major from Bluffton, Indiana. The students were accompanied by Susanne Watson, assistant director of admissions.
In this second of two student lobby days coordinated by Independent Colleges of Indiana, fifteen schools will participate: Bethel College, Franklin College, Grace College, Huntington University, Indiana Tech, Manchester University, Oakland City University, Saint Mary’s College, Taylor University, Trine University, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame, University of Saint Francis, Valparaiso University, and Wabash College. Students from other ICI campuses visited the State House on February 7.
Indiana’s independent colleges and universities are a smart investment for students and the state, with the highest four-year graduation rate of all sectors of higher education in Indiana, costing the state less per degree because the campuses themselves receive no state funding, and contributing $5.1 billion in total economic impact around the state.
“Our goal is not only to raise awareness in 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 ICI President Richard Ludwick.
Independent Colleges of Indiana serves as the collective voice for the state’s 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI member institutions enroll some 100,000 students and annually produce 30 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana. Information about ICI is available at www.icindiana.org.