The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Education

February 23, 2014

Ivy Tech officials working to improve college completion rates

INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College officials said they're doing a better job of graduating students than the results of a new study released by the state Commission for Higher Education suggest.

It's all how you calculate the numbers, they said.

The report released last week by the commission shows that a high percentage of Indiana college students are taking a long time to graduate, which can lead to both higher costs and lower success rates.

Only about 3 in 10 students who enroll at an Indiana four-year campus graduate on time and only half finish within six years, according to the study.

At the state's two-year campuses, fewer than 1 in 10 students finish on time and only 12 percent graduate within three years.

At two-year schools, 5.1 percent of attending students finished on time at the same campus, and 15.2 percent finished their degree work late, but at the same campus.

At Ivy Tech, 3.8 percent of students who began degree programs on one campus completed their work on time, while 15.6 percent of students completed degrees late.

The report is based on data going back six years for community college campuses and the class of students entering in 2007, and eight years for the four-year colleges and universities.

All Indiana Ivy Tech locations were included in the report. Separate results for Ivy Tech's East Central Region, which includes Madison County, were not broken out.

According to the study, 8.2 percent of students who began their degrees at one Ivy Tech location but transferred to another campus, or completed a different type of degree raised the overall completion rate to 27.7 percent.

The problem with data used in the commission report is it doesn't reflect the reality Ivy Tech students face in their daily lives, or the method the community college has traditionally used to measure student completion rates, said Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder.

Text Only
Local Education
  • NWS - HB0822 - AU move in - 021 Rainy move-in doesn't dampen freshman spirit

    In the 14 years he's taken part in freshmen move-in day, Stu Erny, director of Campus Ministries and International Student Services at Anderson University, said this is the first time the weather has been unpleasant.

    August 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS - HB0820 - Anderson Christian-SH-1 Anderson Christian School finds new home at local church

    After months of uncertainty, Anderson Christian School has found a new home at Southern Heights Christian Church, and classes will begin on Sept. 8, Tom Snell, school administrator, said on Tuesday.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0820 - Kennedy Google- JC 2 Google X captures heart, imagination of AU professor After spending the summer working at Google's secret research laboratory in Mountain View, California, Scott Kennedy has decided to stay.

    August 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS - HB0819 - Young Eagles-file Youth can fly free Saturday

    Kids can fly free again at this year's special airplane rides Saturday at Anderson Municipal Airport.

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grant intended to lift college completion for 21st Century Scholars Fall classes at Ivy Tech Community College aren't set to begin for another week, but "college success coaches" from a company called InsideTrack are already contacting 21st Century Scholars to help them transition from high school to college.

    August 18, 2014

  • NWS - HB0817 - Alex library Alexandria library growing When Alexandria-Monroe Public Library Director Montie Manning was getting ready to ask the city council to appropriate funds for a construction project, he decided to give the council some statistics. What he found in those numbers surprised him.

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0817 - Book Nook - 22 Helping Madison County in the Book Nook

    With its warm lights, comfy chairs and jigsaw puzzles in frames on full display, the Book Nook is an inviting place to discover faraway lands, new worlds and dig into a character’s deepest thoughts.

    August 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Elwood schools election won't change this year

    There will be no changes this election cycle in how the members of the Elwood Community Schools board of trustees are elected.

    August 15, 2014

  • ACS board members seek re-election Three of four incumbent members of the Anderson Community Schools Board of Trustees have filed seeking another term of office.

    August 14, 2014

  • NWS-HB0814-Frankton Lapel-BTS-SH-2 Students at Franton-Lapel get more snooze time Frankton-Lapel Community Schools will begin school about a half-hour later than in previous years.

    August 13, 2014 3 Photos

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide