Ivy Tech Community College announces faculty partnership with HBCUs

INDIANAPOLIS –Ivy Tech Community College has implemented a special initiative to recruit master’s level graduates from some of the nation’s top historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The program will be named the Sam H. Jones Faculty Fellows Program in honor of late Indianapolis Urban League President and Chief Executive Officer Sam H. Jones.

The intent of the initiative is to address the College’s core value of diversity and to address the Board of Trustees’ approved strategic plan seeking greater diversity and inclusion in the College’s workforce. Specifically, the College will establish formal working relationships with chosen HBCU partners that produce master’s level graduates needed to teach Ivy Tech classes and lead its academic programs to new heights in terms of academic excellence.

The program focuses on the College’s three largest regions with sizable minority populations – Northwest, North Central, and Central Indiana – for strategic action and ground breaking efforts to attract, employ, and retain full-time minority faculty members. The targeted regions have identified vacant faculty positions with which the College will apply the model.

This special initiative augments current regional minority faculty recruitment efforts to reduce the gap between the student body make-up and composition of the full-time faculty by race and ethnicity. The goal is to hire three to five new faculty members from HBCU partners beginning Fall 2015 semester and beyond.

Ivy Tech has the greatest higher education impact on the African-American population of Indiana with more than half of African-Americans enrolled in college in Indiana attending Ivy Tech. The college has a minority student enrollment of more than 25,000 students.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 students enrolled 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.

Standard and Poor’s raises Ivy Tech Community College’s bond rating to AA

In a sector with an overall negative outlook, Ivy Tech is one of a few schools nationally experiencing an improved rating

INDIANAPOLIS – Standard and Poor’s announced that it has raised its long-term rating to AA from AA- on the Trustees of Ivy Tech Community College’s outstanding bonds.

“We are very pleased with the improved rating from Standard and Poor’s, especially given that their outlook for the higher education sector is negative and most schools are not seeing improved ratings,” Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said. “We have high standards in all areas of our organization, and this rating reflects the quality of our financial management practices and team.”

“The upgrade reflects our view of Ivy Tech’s fundamental credit strengths including its strong operating income trends, highlighted by healthy surpluses recorded consistently for the past several years, growing financial resource ratios, and robust state appropriations,” said Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Shivani Singh. “It also reflects our view of Ivy Tech’s enterprise profile strengths, including its position as the largest single-accreditation community college system in the United States and strong management team with good fiscal planning and policies in place.”

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 Community College remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. legacy

INDIANAPOLIS –Ivy Tech Community College students, faculty, and staff will remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a variety of activities throughout the week of January 19, focused on service, reflection, and celebration. The activities will take place across the state. For more information on all the below activities visit: http://www.ivytech.edu/student-life/mlk.html.

Bloomington

  • Several volunteer opportunities and community awareness programs will take place with the Middle Way House, Bloomington Community Orchard, Bloomington Environmental Commission and Habitat Stewards.

Columbus

  • The Columbus campus will host a blood drive on Wednesday, January 23, from 1pm to 5pm.
  • A free, interactive workshop called “Diversity and Inclusiveness: Take the Lead!” will also take place on Friday, January 23, at 11:30 am on campus.

Evansville

  • The fourth annual service week will extend from Monday, January 19 through Saturday, January 24.

Fort Wayne

  • The campus will host “The Dream: ONE Goal, ONE Vision—Unity!” at 6pm on January 22.

Gary and Michigan City

  • Both campuses present Hip Hop Detoxx to provide services for teens and young adults.

Kokomo

  • Tickets are on sale now for the “Doing the Dream 2015” community banquet on Feb. 5 featuring LeVar Burton, actor and host of the original “Reading Rainbow” on PBS. Reservations for the banquet, at $50 each, must be made by Jan. 29 online at ivytech.edu/kokomo/levarburton2015.html.

Sellersburg

  • A visual timeline of the civil rights movement showing past, present and future will be on display. A pre-release viewing of the film Selma will also be held on February 25.

Terre Haute

  • A week of service will extend from Monday, January 19 through Friday, January 24.

For more detailed information about these events, including locations, please visit www.ivytech.edu/student-life/mlk.html.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 students enrolled 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.