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Indiana on Sidelines As ‘Peers’ Try to Offer Free College

Only nine states have a worse college attainment rate than Indiana’s 33.8 percent of residents 25 years and older with at least an associate degree — abysmal for a state with two Big Ten research universities and a major medical school.

Indiana’s peers near the bottom of the college attainment ranking are taking bold steps to improve their position. The most talked-about plans of late — making community college free for students — are making a statement in Tennessee, Mississippi and Oregon. In Indiana, however, the idea of free community college isn’t even being discussed in official circles,