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University of Southern Indiana President Dr. Linda L. M. Bennett has announced her retirement after the 2017-18 school year. Bennett has served as the university’s president the past nine years. Before her inauguration, she served as USI’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for about six years.

“I have to say that I’ve enjoyed my career and especially the phase here at USI,” said Bennett at a press conference. “I’ve served three other universities and they’re all wonderful institutions, but I am particularly grateful to wrap up my career here at USI.”

New data from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education shows students are completing college sooner than in years past. But completion rates for minority students are still behind those of their white classmates.

Overall, 1 in 3 Indiana college students graduates on-time.

A proposal to ensure the transition of three schools under state control back to Indianapolis Public Schools did not gain approval from the State Board of Education Wednesday.

Instead, the board opted to leave open their options in 2020 when newly updated contracts expire between the state and Charter Schools USA, the for-profit Florida-based management company running the three schools.

Healthcare Partnership Aims To Help Children With Autism

Aug 3, 2017

Finding the right doctor or medical services for children can be hard. Finding those same services for children with autism can be even more difficult.

“In the autism world there can be long waits for services, there tend to be limited resources and difficulty accessing services that are needed,” says Tracy Gale, director of autism and behavior services at Easterseals Crossroads, the largest disability services organization in Indianapolis. “It can be very overwhelming for families.”

Charter Schools USA could relinquish control of three Indianapolis schools in 2020 if the State Board of Education approves a proposal next week. Updated contracts between the Florida-based company and the state would require a transition of the schools back to control of Indianapolis Public Schools in three years.