The Herald Bulletin

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Local Education

February 23, 2014

Ivy Tech officials working to improve college completion rates

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He said about 70 percent of students enrolled at Ivy Tech attend part-time, and those students were not counted in the college completion report.

Ivy Tech officials adjusted the report data to count Ivy Tech students. When adjusted to accurately count part-time population, Ivy Tech's completion rate is 48.5 percent, Snyder said. According to data provided by the college, that number reflects a 6.2 percent increase over last year.

"While we appreciate the desire to move more students through higher education faster, the reality is that the community college student is often balancing life, work and sometimes a family," Snyder said. "The average Ivy Tech student takes just over five years to complete a degree," Snyder said.

He added that only 4 percent of more than 100,000 students enrolled in a given term take at least 15 credit hours a semester, "which is what it would take to graduate in two years."

"Our student body is the most complex in higher education," Snyder continued. "As we compare our six-year completion rates with other four-year schools' eight-year completion rates, we see that there is a level of consistency across the state."

Snyder said Ivy Tech officials are committed to ensuring student success, which often includes extra time and remedial college preparation classes before moving into faster paced programs.

"As we make adjustments within the community college, we are optimistic that we will see our success rates for four- and even two-year completions increase, just as we have seen with our six-year rates," Snyder said.

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Ivy Tech Community College Completion Rates For every 100 students who start college as full-time students: -- 5 students complete within 2 years. -- 20 students complete with 4 years. -- 28 students complete within 6 years *Based on certificate or associate's seeking students starting in fall 2007. Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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