Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Define the educational missions of public colleges and universities;
Plan and to coordinate Indiana’s state-supported system of post-high school education, taking into account the plans and interests of independent colleges and universities;
Review both operating budget and capital budget appropriation requests from public institutions;
Approve or disapprove for public institutions the establishment of any new branches, campuses, extension centers, colleges or schools;
Approve or disapprove for public institutions the offering of any additional associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree or certificate program of two semesters or more in duration;
Review all programs of public institutions and make recommendations to the governing board of the institution, the Governor, and the General Assembly concerning the funding and the disposition of these programs; and,
Distribute student financial aid from state aid programs.
The Governor appoints twelve members, nine representing a Congressional District and three at-large members, to serve terms of four years. In addition, the 1990 legislature added a student and a faculty representative who are appointed by the Governor for terms of two years. The Commission is not a governing board, but a coordinating agency that works closely with Indiana’s public and independent colleges. In addition, The Commission has strong working relationships with many other State agencies, including: Department of Education, the Department of Workforce Development, The Center for Education and Career Innovation, and the Independent Colleges of Indiana.
Campus Liason: Jarod Wilson
Postsecondary Outreach and Engagement Manager
Jarod Wilson serves as the Manager for Postsecondary Outreach and Engagement at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. As such, he works closely with colleges around the state to provide strong support services for students receiving state financial aid. This includes serving as the Program Director for the AmeriCorps ScholarCorps program and running the 21st Century Scholar Alumni Network. Before his current position, Jarod served as a Regional Outreach Coordinator for the Commission, the Manager for Outreach and Engagement at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, and the Coordinator for Community Service and Civic Engagement at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Jarod holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies from Butler University and a Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University. In his free time, Jarod is the co-owner of The Onyx Exchange, a local home and body business, and a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He lives in Indianapolis with his partner and two dogs.
Campus Liason: Liz Walker
Policy and Planning Program Manager
Liz Walker serves as Policy and Planning Program Manager for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. In her role, she manages a variety of Commission projects and programs, including the You Can. Go Back. adult re-engagement campaign, the statewide scaling of Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) and the development of Indiana’s Math Pathways. She is a member of the strategic planning and policy team that sets the direction for Commission’s activities and legislative priorities. Prior to joining the Commission, Liz served as a program coordinator for the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Center for Service and Learning, where she had previously earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications. Liz resides in Indianapolis with her husband Brent.