Jason Bearce

Vice President, Education and Workforce Development

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Jason Bearce

Vice President, Education and Workforce Development

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Jason Bearce currently serves as the Vice President of Education and Workforce Development at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, as Senior Associate Commissioner for Strategy & External Affairs for the Indiana Higher Education Commission, Bearce served as a senior adviser to the state’s higher education commissioner in the areas of policy strategy, communication and outreach, and student success initiatives. Bearce’s contributions included leading the development of the Commission’s strategic plan and spearheading reforms to Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program in an effort to increase college completion and career preparation for Hoosier students. Bearce previously served as staff liaison for Indiana’s Education Roundtable and held leadership positions at the Indiana Department of Education as communications director and policy adviser. Bearce holds an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Western Governors University.

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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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