IUPUI, Ivy Tech to expand global education under federal grant

An unprecedented number of Indiana college students will get the opportunity to “think globally, live locally” through a new global learning initiative led by IUPUI in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College.

Supported by a $310,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program, the effort will integrate high-impact learning practices into first-year seminar and world language courses at both institutions to spark students’ understanding of the connections between global events and their local communities — as well as increase awareness about other global learning opportunities, such as learning a new language or studying abroad.

“We want to define the IUPUI experience as an international experience,” said Hilary Kahn, associate vice chancellor of international affairs at IUPUI and associate vice president for international affairs at IU, who leads the grant. “We want students to realize their larger position in the world and develop as individuals who understand and appreciate difference — national, political, cultural — and are able to engage across those boundaries. It’s about preparing the next generation to be engaged, active, educated, informed, and ethical citizens of the world.”

Through efforts supported by the grant, faculty and staff at IUPUI and Ivy Tech will integrate global learning practices in their courses — as well as in other aspects of the student experience, such as career and academic advising. Specifically, incoming students at IUPUI and Ivy Tech will encounter global learning practices through IUPUI’s First-Year Seminars and Bridge Week and Ivy Tech’s First-Year Seminar, or IVYT, courses, as well as new student orientation and world language classrooms.

Students who enter IUPUI after the first year will also encounter global learning practices through an internationalized orientation for transfer students, and academic and career advisors will guide more students towards global learning “pathways,” including internationalized coursework, world languages, global careers, and study abroad.

A key phase of the initiative kicks off next month with a series of faculty and staff workshops. Hosted by the Office of International Affairs at IUPUI, the sessions will reach First-Year Experience and IVYT course instructors — as well as world language instructors, academic advisors and career counselors at both institutions. The professional development series will target an initial group of approximately 100 faculty and staff on the Indianapolis campuses in the 2020-2021 academic year, then expand to Ivy Tech campuses across the state in subsequent years.

“Research clearly shows that employers increasingly expect students to enter the workforce with ‘global competency,’” said Russell Baker, vice president for academic affairs at Ivy Tech, who co-leads the grant. “Increasing the global competencies of our students was first added to Ivy Tech’s strategic plan more than 10 years ago, and this grant will help us better meet employers’ expectations by intentionally including it in our curriculum during their first semester at Ivy Tech.”

Significantly, Kahn added, the initiative expands opportunities to cultivate global mindsets to every student on campus, including individuals from racial and economic groups who’ve historically been underrepresented in traditional global learning experiences.

“We want to provide as many different opportunities for students to experience global learning as possible,” she said. “In the past we’ve relied too much on study abroad. While we’ve been working for several years to successfully increase access to study abroad, this effort will open up the global learning experience to all students at our institutions.”

And while a significant number of IUPUI students engage in study abroad — a record number of 640 students traveled outside the U.S. as part of their academic program in 2018-19 — she also notes it’s  difficult to expect every student to participate in these experiences, let alone during a global pandemic that limits travel.

To illustrate the power of global learning in the classroom, even conducted remotely, Kahn points to a first-year seminar she co-taught last fall with Deb Keller, a clinical associate professor in the IU School of Education at IUPUI. The class, which met online due to the pandemic, provided students the chance to participate in virtual exchange with students at CETYS Universidad in Mexicali, Mexico, during which they both forged social bonds across cultures and engaged in discussions about the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, working to understand the impact of the global initiative on topics such as education and gender equity in both the U.S. and in Mexico.

“You could see everyone making connections across a variety of pathways,” Kahn said. “There was a lot of excitement around linking these big global goals to personal issues about which they were passionate.”

Project leaders anticipate global learning will be integrated into all 160 sections of IUPUI’s first-year experience courses, as well as Ivy Tech’s IVYT first-year seminars statewide, by fall 2023.

Butler University and Ivy Tech Community College announce statewide transfer agreement

Institutions partner to create seamless Elementary Education pathway to reduce teacher shortage

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College and Butler University have partnered to create their first transfer agreement, making a seamless process for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. This agreement also seeks to address Indiana’s teacher shortage by providing an affordable pathway.

Under the agreement, any Ivy Tech student that completes an Associate of Science in Elementary Education degree can directly transfer to Butler University’s Elementary Education program with junior standing.

“Ivy Tech is elated to announce this new partnership with Butler University, not only to create an affordable and seamless transfer experience, but to address the critical shortage of educators in our state,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech.

Eligibility will require a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average and course grades of “C” or better. Additionally, students must also complete Butler University’s transfer application. Upon meeting these requirements, students may apply a minimum of 57 credit hours from their Ivy Tech associate degree toward requirements for Butler University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

“Butler University is excited to open this door to a community and statewide partnership that not only will help address the teacher shortage, but will also increase access to Butler University and attainment of bachelor’s degrees in our state,” Dr. Brooke Kandel Cisco, Dean of Butler’s College of Education, said. “We look forward to this being the first of many agreements with Ivy Tech Community College.”

Ivy Tech students interested in this opportunity can work with their academic advisor to confirm their academic plan meets all the requirements.

To maximize savings, students can take advantage of scholarship and grant opportunities at both institutions.

The agreement, which became effective December 10, 2020, remains in effect for two years. After two years, the institutions will review the agreement for renewal.

For more information about Ivy Tech’s education program, visit IvyTech.edu/education. For information about Butler University, visit Butler.edu.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

About Butler University
Butler University is a nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Approximately 4,600 undergraduate and 800 graduate students are enrolled at Butler, representing 45 states and 30 countries. More than 75 percent of Butler students will participate in some form of internship, and Butler students have had significant success after graduation, as demonstrated by the University’s 98 percent placement rate within six months of graduation. The University was recently listed as the No. 1 regional university in the Midwest, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, in addition to being included in The Princeton Review’s annual “best colleges” guidebook.

University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College Announce Transfer Agreements for Chemistry, Psychology, Social Work and Business Degree Programs

INDIANAPOLIS — The University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College announced today a series of transfer agreements establishing a seamless transition for qualifying students between programs at Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Indianapolis. The transfer agreements include the following programs:

  • Ivy Tech Community College’s Associate of Science in Chemistry and the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program at the University of Indianapolis
  • Ivy Tech Community College’s Associate of Science in Psychology and the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program at the University of Indianapolis
  • Ivy Tech Community College’s Associate of Science in Business and the University of Indianapolis School of Business, Bachelor of Arts or Science degree programs in: Accounting, Business Administration & Management, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems & Applied Business Analytics, Marketing, Sports Marketing, and Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Ivy Tech Community College’s Associate of Science in Human Services and the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Bachelor of Social Work degree program at the University of Indianapolis

The partnership will provide a basis for a cooperative relationship between the University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College to benefit students who desire to complete a bachelor’s degree in a variety of programs. This agreement will allow Ivy Tech students completing an associate degree program to move seamlessly to earning their bachelor’s degree at the University of Indianapolis by being admitted to the University with a junior standing, provided they meet other admissions criteria.

“The University of Indianapolis is excited to offer this opportunity and expand the number of students in our community who are able to attain bachelor’s degrees,” said Robert L. Manuel, president of the University of Indianapolis. “The partnership expands access to our high-quality degree programs to anyone who is ready and interested, and will assist individual students, regional economic development initiatives, and our society as a whole.”

Ivy Tech Community College provides students with a sound, comprehensive introduction to these fields and will prepare them for taking the next step to earning a bachelor’s degree.

“Ivy Tech is delighted to add these new seamless transfer opportunities with the University of Indianapolis,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President. “The opportunity to complete the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree at Ivy Tech and transfer all of that credit to University of Indianapolis will significantly reduce the total cost of degree completion and provide even more excellent transfer options for students who wish to complete their degree while staying within the Indianapolis metropolitan area.”

According to the agreements, Ivy Tech graduates from the aforementioned associate degree programs may transfer to the University of Indianapolis and apply a minimum of 60 credit hours from that completed degree to the requirements for a corresponding bachelor of science or art degree in the Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences, or the School of Business.

About the University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of nearly 5,600 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100+ undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from the University each year than any other state institution. With strong programs in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” Learn more: uindy.edu.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.