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25 October 2012
Education by the numbers
by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D.
Since beginning my new higher education administrative role, I’ve been inundated by numbers of every type. Almost every professional document I read, or meeting I attend, contains some percentage, amount, cost or goal. Some of them are redundant and insignificant while others I find interesting or valuable. Let me present the most interesting numbers that have presented themselves to me in the past couple of days.
1000: The goal our Chancellor has identified as the total number of student who transfer from our institution to a four-year institution by 2015. Great goal and hope we can reach this one. We have several initiatives in the hopper and hope to blog about some of these soon.
17.83%: The decrease in our region’s student FTE from this same time last year (after we drop non-pays/attends). This is significant and is the cause of many of our financial challenges.
$380,000: The cost to remodel the President’s Office at Purdue University.1 No wonder the community college is the most affordable higher education in the state.
$1.7 billion: Total 2012–13 Indiana state appropriations for higher education.2 An increase of .03%. As our President put it today, the budget is flatlined from last year.
6%: Percentage of the $1.7 billion that will be distributed among those colleges and universities that meet certain performance goals. No, I have not seen these goals yet, but will be researching very soon.
488,964: Number of K–12 students in Indiana on free or reduced lunches.3 That’s almost 50% of the students.
Those are just few numbers that were discussed today during a recent regional academic officer’s meeting. There were others, as I found while perusing my notes, but these were the digits I found most interesting, striking, confusing or worrisome. I’ll keep my eyes open in the future for other numbers and when I do find more of interest, I’ll try and remember to consolidate them and add to a future post.