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Stan Jones

Title President
Organization Complete College America

Following three decades working on higher education reform in Indiana as commissioner of higher education, state legislator, and senior advisor to the governor, Stan Jones founded Complete College America in order to build a network of states committed to substantially increasing the number of Americans with a postsecondary credential.

Earlier in his career, Jones was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives at age 24. As a member of both the House Education and State Budget committees, he developed expertise in higher education and higher-education finance. Stan served 16 years in the Indiana state legislature and more than five years as a senior advisor to Governor Evan Bayh. His service as Indiana commissioner for higher education spanned 12 years and the tenure of four different governors from both political parties.

As commissioner, he was credited as a primary architect of several landmark education policy initiatives in Indiana. These initiatives include the 21st Century Scholars program, an early promise scholarship program aimed at increasing the number of low-income students attending and completing a postsecondary education; the development of Indiana’s new community college system; the creation of Indiana’s Education Roundtable; and the implementation of Core 40, a college prep curriculum that has contributed to a significant increase in high school seniors going to college.

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Data Drives Reform

Today, only four percent of students at two-year colleges finish on time. There are no silver bullets for improving college completion rates, but there are steps to get more of the data that makes a difference.

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Governors Leading on College Completion

Complete College America recently challenged the nation’s governors to improve the postsecondary performance of low income students and students of color by enacting innovative, high-impact reforms in their states.

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The Completion Innovation Challenge

Today, Complete College America, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is launching the Completion Innovation Challenge to encourage governors and states to embrace policies necessary to significantly boost college completion, close persistent achievement gaps, ensure state competitiveness, and help make America the world leader again in higher education attainment.

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