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February 14, 2014

Purdue students encouraged to apply for open position on Indiana Commission for Higher Education

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) has formed a nominating committee to identify candidates to serve as a student commissioner.

Undergraduate or graduate students from any Purdue campus - whether full or part time - are encouraged to apply for the position. Applicants must be a resident of the state of Indiana and must be available to convene 20-25 days out of each year.

The term for current student commissioner and Indiana University student Hannah Rozow ends in May. The new commissioner's term will run from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016, requiring applicants to be enrolled as students through the spring 2016 semester.

Working closely with public and independent colleges and universities, ICHE acts as a liaison between the state's public institutions of higher education and the General Assembly, and coordinates planning and budgeting for higher education in Indiana. Some of the traditional responsibilities of the commission are:

* to plan and coordinate Indiana's state-supported system of post-high school education, taking into account the plans and interests of independent colleges and universities;

* to define the educational missions of public colleges and universities;

* to review both operating budget and capital budget appropriation requests from public institutions;

* to approve or disapprove for public institutions the establishment of any new branches, campuses, extension centers, colleges or schools;

* to 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;

* to 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 disposition of these programs; and,

* to review the budget requests of the State Student Assistance Commission.

Additional information, including an application, is available at http://www.in.gov/che/2376.htm. Applications and related materials must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. March 21.

Chris DeShaw, a Purdue student majoring in chemical engineering, is representing Purdue on the search committee.

Questions from Purdue students regarding the application process or position details and expectations can be directed to DeShaw at cdeshaw@purdue.edu