INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Data show the graduation rates at Indiana University’s regional campuses lag
behind the flagship Bloomington campus.
of students who enrolled at the Bloomington campus in the fall semester of
2012 have graduated, The Herald-Times reported.
are concerned because less than 25 percent of the students who enrolled at
IU-Purdue University Indianapolis that same semester have earned a degree.
The numbers for IU’s five regional campuses, with the exception of IU East’s
25 percent graduation rate, were even worse.
rates were better, but each campus except for Bloomington was under 50
The school’s vice
president for university academic affairs, John Applegate, said the
discrepancy isn’t surprising.
“It’s been a
concern since I started in 2008,” he said.
In that year, the
four-year graduation rates for the university’s five regional campuses -
East, Kokomo, Northwest, South Bend and Southeast - were below 15 percent.
IUPUI was at about 20 percent.
the updated figures to the university’s board of trustees Thursday.
Shoulders suggested Indiana’s manufacturing economy might be a contributing
factor to the low graduation rates. Applegate agreed, saying several
regional campuses are based in towns that historically had a lot of
"You could earn a
good middle-class living,” Applegate said, noting that college wasn’t seen
as necessary for many people.
another contributing factor is that regional campuses serve a higher
percentage of first-generation college students than the Bloomington campus.
such as more regional campuses having their own residence halls and sports
teams, have helped increase graduation rates, but Applegate said more work
needs to be done. “Whatever the reason, we need to work as hard as we can to
bring that up, because that’s what’s going to serve students best,”