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Tree planting

ceremony last

bicentennial event

INDIANAPOLIS — A Statehouse tree dedication ceremony was the final official event marking Indiana's 200th anniversary of becoming a state.

The Friday event on the Statehouse lawn in Indianapolis came after the planting of 44 Indiana-native trees on the grounds.

The Indiana Bicentennial Commission sponsored numerous events over the past year, including a five-week torch relay that passed through all 92 counties. Indiana became the 19th state on Dec. 11, 1816.

Participants in the tree ceremony included Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Republican state Sen. Jim Merritt, and Jay Ricker, the owner of Ricker's convenience stores.

A metal plaque will be installed to commemorate the event.

Panel recommends

tuition increases

below 1.4 percent

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is calling for the state's public colleges and universities to limit annual tuition increases to less than 1.4 percent in the next two school years.

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said the target aims to ensure college is affordable for students and families. She adds that recent tuition increases are the lowest in nearly three decades.

From the 2006-07 school year through the current one, in-state tuition at Indiana's public four-year colleges grew by an average of 1.8 percent a year, compared to the national average of 3.5 percent. Those numbers place Indiana's four-year public colleges 6th nationally for lowest average one-year tuition increase over ten years.

Authority for setting tuition rates ultimately rests with the board of trustees at each college or university. Nine of 16 public colleges met the commission's last two-year recommendation. Purdue University-West Lafayette and Indiana University-Bloomington have frozen tuition and mandatory fees for several years.

Indiana colleges must hold a public hearing within 30 days of the commission setting the tuition and fee targets. Institutions must set tuition and mandatory fee rates for the next two academic years within 60 days of the enactment of the state budget.


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