With a New Community-College System, Indiana Hopes for More Skilled Workers

Three decades ago, when many states were erecting two-year colleges as quickly as possible, Indiana took a different approach: It chose to have the regional campuses of Purdue and Indiana Universities generate the bulk of its associate degrees.

That decision has not produced the best results. Indiana lags well behind its neighbor Illinois, and the national average, in the proportion of its residents who have associate degrees. But many people believe the