In a press release sent out on November 1st, 2012, Harrison College announced a new initiative that will reduce tuition prices on ten different curriculums across their 14 campuses by 10% to make those majors more appealing to young students. The subjects were chosen solely based on local community needs throughout Indiana where there are job surpluses in certain fields but not enough graduates to fill those positions. This decision is on top of a tuition freeze program that the school adopted back in 2006.
The ten programs that qualify for the 10% tuition reduction are-
- Business Management (B.S. Degree)
- Project Management (B.S. Degree)
- Health Informatics (B.S. Degree)
- Information Technology (B.S. Degree)
- Interactive Media Design (B.S. Degree)
- Logistics (A.S. Degree)
- Network Administration (A.A.S. Degree)
- Paralegal (A.A.S. Degree)
- Help Desk Technician (Certificate)
When asked directly to explain the motivations for this additional reduction in tuition costs for new and existing students, Dr. Dennis A. Trinkle, the Provost at Harrison College had this to say- “We know, for example, that there are hundreds of jobs available today in Health Informatics that are going unfilled because Hoosiers lack the education to fill those jobs. And that thousands of Logistics jobs are projected to become available in the next five years. We want to do our part to make sure Indiana’s workforce is appropriately educated so that we can keep those jobs in the state and, hopefully, help attract new employers to Indiana.”
While Harrison College is not the only traditional university looking to make in-demand curriculums more accessible for students, they are the first to actually create an incentive that would make a formal education more affordable. One thing is for sure; this move by Harrison College will ensure that Indiana has the scholars they need to excel into the 21st century and the means to adapt to almost any type of job growth in the future. It is expected that several other private schools will almost have to follow suit in order to remain competitive.
The state of Florida, for example, is also looking to adopt a similar program for their major colleges as well but in that instance, the state is proposing to pay the difference and they cannot seem to figure out where the additional funding would come from. It was also suggested that the revenues could be generated from charging other scholastic fields more in tuition but nothing concrete has been decided yet.