Ivy Tech Community College launches online application for dual credit students

New process will streamline, simplify enrollment of more than 52,000 high school students per year

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College today launched a new online application process for one of the college’s largest student groups.

Students participating in Ivy Tech’s high school-based dual credit program will now be able to complete the application process online in a more efficient manner.  Students will also be able to complete the application process in their high school with their dual credit instructor.

Ivy Tech recently announced its dual credit enrollment has reached an all-time high of 52,908 enrolled students for the 2014-15 school year.  Enrollment in the high-school based program saves Indiana students and their parents $40 million in tuition costs.

This year’s dual credit enrollment represents a 15.5 percent increase in students, compared to the 45,819 high school students enrolled last year and a 41 percent increase in students compared to the 37,505 students enrolled two years ago.

Ivy Tech’s dual credit program allows high school students to simultaneously earn both college credit at Ivy Tech and high school credit. Dual credit courses are free to students, saving parents even more on their child’s college education.

“We are pleased to bring a more efficient and streamlined process to more than 419 high schools and career centers that actively participate in our dual credit program each year,” said Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “Dual credit not only encourages greater participation in higher education, but it helps students overcome real and perceived obstacles to higher education.”

Dual credit plays an important role in strengthening the connection between high school and college, making the transition between sectors easier for students while providing high school students with a realistic understanding of college-level academic expectations.

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’s dual credit program exceeds 52,000 students, saves Hoosier parents $40 million

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College’s dual credit program has reached a record enrollment with 52,908 students enrolled for the 2014-15 school year, saving Indiana students and their parents $40 million in tuition costs.

This year’s dual credit enrollment represents a 15.5 percent increase in students, compared to the 45,819 high school students enrolled last year and a 41 percent increase in students compared to the 37,505 students enrolled two years ago.

“In today’s ever-changing economy, students need a K-14 education more so than in years or generations prior,” said Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College.  “Through Ivy Tech’s dual credit program, we are exposing students to college-ready material earlier in their educational journey thus making them more likely to continue on the path to higher education.  Each year, we see an increase in interest for the program, which proves both students’ and parents’ commitment to higher education.”

Ivy Tech’s dual credit program allows high school students to simultaneously earn both college credit at Ivy Tech and high school credit. Dual credit courses are free to students, saving parents even more on their child’s college education.

The college currently offers dual credit programs in 419 Indiana high schools and career centers, up from 383 the year prior. Dual credit plays an important role in strengthening the connection between high school and college, making the transition between sectors easier for students while providing high school students with a realistic understanding of college-level academic expectations.

Ivy Tech uses dual credit to encourage greater participation in higher education and to help students overcome real or perceived obstacles to higher education.

The most common form of Ivy Tech dual credit involves courses taught in a high school, by a high school instructor, and offered during the regular school day. High school faculty who offer the dual credit course must meet credential requirements and participate in professional development provided by Ivy Tech. To reach a dual credit agreement for a course taught in a high school by a high school instructor, Ivy Tech works with the high school to establish that the high school class and the college class are identical, or if necessary, to suggest changes in order for the course to qualify as a dual credit course. This process involves review of course content, lesson plans, textbooks, exams, assignments, facilities and equipment. Dual credit agreements are reviewed every year to promote collaboration and to ensure continuity of professional staff, course content, textbooks and other key teaching and learning factors.

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 presents instructional excellence award to South Bend instructor

KentINDIANAPOLIS- – A South Bend educator with more than 30 years of teaching experience has been selected by Ivy Tech Community College as this year’s recipient of the Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction.  The award is Ivy Tech’s highest honor for a faculty member.

The selection of Katherine Kent, Environmental Design program chair and global studies coordinator at the South Bend campus, was announced today at the close of a two-day event for recipients of the College’s annual President’s Awards to outstanding faculty. From that field of 14 regional winners, one is chosen for the Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award. The honor includes a $1,000 stipend for instructional equipment and a $5,000 personal development grant.

Kent began teaching at Ivy Tech’s South Bend campus in 1983.  Her contributions to Ivy Tech include serving as an advisor to students and writing and teaching new courses. She also serves on the region’s diversity committee and is co-chair of the statewide Global Curriculum committee.

“Ivy Tech is fortunate to have faculty the caliber of Katherine Kent,” said Kathryn Waltz-Freel, Dean of the University Transfer Division. “Her dedication to helping her students, not just learn design concepts, but also helping them explore the world in which they live has enhanced the lives of hundreds of students.”

Kent began her own educational journey at Ivy Tech, obtaining an associate of applied science in interior design. She also has obtained a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Andrews University; a master’s of art degree in interior design and consumer science from Western Michigan University; and a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in higher education leadership and administration from Indiana State University.

The Glenn W. and Mary Catherine Sample Award is named in honor of Ivy Tech’s fourth president, Glenn W. Sample, who also had served on its first board of trustees, co-founded Ivy Tech Foundation, and was the Foundation board’s first chairman. Ivy Tech established the award shortly after Sample’s death in 1980.

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.