Ivy Tech Community College announces plans to freeze tuition

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has announced plans to freeze tuition for those students who remain enrolled continuously from term to term starting with the Fall 2015 semester and also for those students who enroll in 30+ credit hours combined for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 terms.

“This is an incentive model for both our non-traditional, part-time students along with those full-time students on a two-year track to graduation,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder.  “We know students who are continuously enrolled are more likely to complete a credential. ”

“Ivy Tech’s plan to freeze tuition for students who remain enrolled semester-to-semester is aligned to Indiana’s increased focus on college affordability and completion,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said. “Ivy Tech should be commended for taking this important step in the right direction that also supports our statewide goal for 60 percent of Hoosiers to have a quality degree or credential by 2025.”

Ivy Tech will freeze tuition at the Fall 2015 credit hour rate for students who remain enrolled in a minimum number of credit hours for continuous semesters.  To be eligible for the tuition freeze, students must remain enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for both the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters, as well as at least 3 credit hours for the Summer 2016 semester.  Or complete 30+ combined hours over the course of the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semester.

The tuition freeze will likely encourage students to stay enrolled each term and will benefit the more than 65 percent of Ivy Tech students who enroll in less than 12 credit hours per term.  Non-traditional students are at a greater risk of not completing a credential due to life or work issues that prevent them from staying enrolled on a full-time basis.  The tuition freeze concept allows them to benefit from the cost savings while staying enrolled in consecutive semesters on a part-time basis.  It also rewards a different group of students who are taking a full-time load that averages 15+ credit hours for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 terms.

Students taking the minimum number of credits in continuous terms would be positioned to graduate in four years.  The College believes many students will exceed the minimum number of credits resulting in more students graduating in three or less years.  The freeze will also help students stay on a successful track and help them meet course completion and grade point average requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) ensuring that they keep their federal Pell financial aid eligibility.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Corporate College to host Workforce Certification Summit

INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Corporate College will host a national conference entitled “Industry Certifications: Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap in the Great Lakes Region” on Wednesday, June 17, from 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., at the Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center, located at 2820 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis.  Registration includes access to all presentations, snacks, lunch, free on-site parking and open-networking between sessions.

The conference provides a forum for national leaders from Industry, State Workforce Development Agencies, State Manufacturers Associations, State Community and Technical College Systems, and State Workforce Investment Boards to discuss the critical nexus of industry certifications leading to a highly skilled workforce designed to grow the Great Lakes Region whose eight states and two provinces comprise the world’s fourth largest economy at $4.7 trillion dollars.

A special announcement regarding the new National Institute for Metal Working Skills Industrial Maintenance Technician Certification is slated as one of the event highlights.  This new nationally portable certification is an industry-recognized, transferrable credential that manufacturing employers have demanded and will help close the skills gap.

Douglas George, General Counsel, Canada will provide remarks prior to the panel session, “Harmonizing High Quality U.S. and Canadian Skill Standards and Certifications.”

The event’s featured speakers include:

  • Thomas J. Snyder: President, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Leo Reddy: Chair and CEO, Manufacturers Skills Standards Council
  • Colonel James Dyke: United States Army
  • Brent Weil: Manufacturing Institute/National Association of Manufacturers
  • Jeannine Kunz: Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Breakout sessions will discuss best practices in how Great Lakes States are deploying manufacturing and logistics certifications across their respective states’ workers. A small sampling of panelists includes:

  • Cummins
  • Caterpillar
  • Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steve Braun
  • Indiana Manufacturers Association President Brian Burton
  • Harley Davidson
  • Snap-On
  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Various Great Lakes Region Community and Technical Colleges
  • Illinois Manufacturers Association

In addition to Ivy Tech Community College, this event is being supported by the:

  • Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)
  • National Institute for Metal Working Skills (NIMS)
  • Great Lakes Manufacturing Council
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

There is no registration fee for this conference and registration is all inclusive.

Register today at:  https://ivytech.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_77B4MrCfS5E2R2B or by phone at 317-916-7896.

Ivy Tech Community College schedules tuition hearing

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will conduct a public hearing regarding the setting of tuition and student fees for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years on Thursday, May 21.

The hearing will begin at 2:00 p.m. EST in the William Morris Boardroom on the 3rd floor of the North Meridian Center at Ivy Tech’s downtown Indianapolis campus, located at 50 W. Fall Creek Parkway North Drive, Indianapolis.

The current 2014-15 in-state tuition rate is $131.15 per credit hour, the lowest in the state. The current technology fee is $60 per semester. The proposed new tuition rate would include a $2 per credit hour increase for 2015-16 and a $2 per credit hour increase for 2016-17.  The technology fee will remain at $60 per semester in 2015-16 and 2016-17. The current out-of-state rate tuition rate is $260.40 and it will increase $2 in 2015-16 and $2 in 2016-17. The current out-of-state distance education rate is $154.50 and it will increase $2 in 2015-16 and $2 in 2016-17.

Ivy Tech has annually had the lowest total in-state tuition increase of any school in the state. Since 2010-11 the Community College has increased in-state tuition by a just over $25 per credit hour.

The additional tuition will be used to continue to assist the largest student body in the state in providing the necessary resources to ensure student success. Such resources may include additional faculty to allow for more course offerings, additional academic advisors, improved technology and new classroom equipment to allow for real-time, real-world training.

Indiana residents who want to address the committee but are unable to attend the hearing may instead send written comments to William Bogard, Executive Director of Budget Management. The comments can be sent to wfbogard@ivytech.edu, or mailed to Bogard at Ivy Tech Community College, 50 W. Fall Creek Pkwy North Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.