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Discussion 6: Review of Four Indiana State PoliciesAuthor’s NameInstitutional AffiliationCourse NameInstructorDue DateDiscussion 6: Review of Four Indiana State PoliciesIn Chapter 9, St. John, Daun-Barnett, and Moronski-Chapman (2013) discuss four state policies in Indiana, which ensure low-income students have better chances of getting higher education opportunities. These state policies are the 21st Century Scholars (TFCS) program, Core 40, Indiana Project on Academic Success (IPAS), and the DREAM Act Bill. The State of Indiana and tuition facilitates the financing of these policies. Specifically, funding is attained through need-based student aid and public tuition charges. This coordination ensures that neither the parents nor the state is overwhelmed with funding the learners. Higher education institutions play a limited role in supporting these four state policies. These policies rely on financial incentives for students, colleges, and schools. Higher education systems play a tiny part in offering support services to students in this regard. Nevertheless, they have tried to implement retention projects through policies such as IPAS. Regarding the outcome of these policies, for starters, they have improved academic preparation among students in high school. These students are better prepared to succeed in higher learning institutions. However, despite the academic preparation facilitated by the policies, there have been no notable improvements in high school graduation rates among the different racial/ethnic groups. Nevertheless, the SAT scores in Indiana have been considerably better compared to other states in the country (St. John, Daun-Barnett, & Moronski-Chapman, 2013). Also, degree completion, college access, and diversity have been remarkably good in Indiana due to these policies. Out of the four policies, the one that I feel has had the greatest success in eradicating inequalities, supporting students’ progress, and enhancing learners’ access to higher education is the TFCS program. This program not only funds needy students but also prepares them from an early age to be model citizens who do not engage in vices such as drug abuse. It guides both parents and students to take practices that will facilitate good learning outcomes.ReferenceSt. John, E. P. S., Daun-Barnett, N., & Moronski-Chapman, K. M. (2013).Public policy and higher education: Reframing strategies for preparation, access, and college success. Routledge.