Ivy Tech Community College Providing New Tuition Model and Free Textbooks for Students in 2021-2022 Academic Year

Tuition held flat for the next two years

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees recently approved a new tuition model for the Community College. The new approach, Ivy+, is focused on making college more affordable, ensuring students have equitable access, transparency of cost, on-time completion, and a seamless experience. 

Ivy Tech becomes one of the first schools in Indiana and first community colleges in the country to adopt this new tuition model. Ivy+ transforms the tuition structure by including the cost of textbooks as a regularly assessed fee. Ivy+ will also charge the same tuition rate for full-time students enrolled in 12 or more credits. If a student takes 12 credits, 15, or even 24 credits in a given term, the cost of tuition will be the same for the student. Part-time students will see their tuition frozen for the next two years and will continue to pay per credit hour.

As part of the Ivy+ rollout, Ivy Tech will cover the cost of textbooks for students in the 2021-2022 academic year through the federal government’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

“Research shows that 65 percent of college students forego buying a textbook with the biggest reason that they cannot afford them. Often financial aid and scholarships do not cover course materials. Our goal is to ensure every student has their textbooks the first day of class,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President. “Ivy+ makes us the only state institution that is not only freezing the cost of tuition, but significantly reducing the cost of attendance at a time when we need many more Hoosiers to earn a quality college credential to launch a high-wage career.”

For more information, visit IvyTech.edu/Tuition.

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. 

Ivy Tech Community College Celebrates Top Faculty Members at Annual President’s Awards Dinner

Ivy Tech Community College honored 35 faculty and adjunct faculty at the annual President’s Award dinner on Wednesday, November 10. 

The College honored each one of the winners for their exemplary work with students and the College community during the past year. A Selection Committee made up of alumni, past winners, State Trustees, faculty representatives, and college administration selected the honorees based on nominations from students, fellow faculty members, and Ivy Tech staff.

“Our faculty members make all the difference in the lives of our students,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “They challenge students to think critically, prepare students for successful careers in the communities in which they live, and encourage them to be fully engaged in their communities. We congratulate them for their work and honor them for being the inspiration in the lives of so many.”

Now in its 41st year, the President’s Awards Program recognizes faculty and adjunct faculty members from Ivy Tech locations throughout the state.

Along with being recognized with the President’s Award, each full-time faculty member is eligible for the Glenn W. Sample Award Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, while each Adjunct Faculty member is eligible for the Gerald I. Lamkin Award. Sample and Lamkin are two former Ivy Tech presidents. Sample helped to found the College when it was still the Indiana Vocational Technical College, while Lamkin oversaw the growth of the College from a vocational school to the state’s community college.

For more information on the President’s Awards program click here.

The winners of this year’s awards were:

Glenn W. Sample Award
James Hamilton – Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology (Indianapolis)

Gerald I. Lamkin Award
Catherine Swinney – Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Instructor PN and ASN Nursing Program (Columbus)

Faculty Honorees (by Ivy Tech location):

  • Anderson: Duane Wolfe – Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Assistant Department Chair for the School of Arts, Sciences and Education
  • Bloomington: Kyle M. Hetrick, Ph.D. – Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Biology and Anatomy & Physiology
  • Columbus: Michael S.C. Kelley – Assistant Program Chair/Assistant Professor Welding
  • Fort Wayne: Matthew (Matt) Fisher – Associate Professor, Economics
  • Indianapolis: James Hamilton – Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Kokomo: Jia Hardimon-EddingtonSurgical Technology Instructor
  • Lafayette: Elizabeth Hayden – Program Chair/Faculty Respiratory Therapy
  • Lake County: Teresa Hallmen – Program Chair Medical Assisting
  • Lawrenceburg: Amanda Purcell – Associate Professor of Education/Program Chair Early Childhood Education Elementary Education & Secondary Education
  • Madison: Ronald Novak – F4 Industrial Technology
  • Marion: Ceola Friday – Program Chair Early Childhood Education
  • Muncie: Octavia Thorns-Jackson – Department Chair, English, Communications, and World Languages
  • Richmond: Kristen Soots – Program Chair General Studies/Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Sellersburg: Kimberly Reynolds – Associate Professor of English/Ivy Achieves Champion
  • South Bend – Elkhart: Rosario Hiestand – Full-Time Professor Early Childhood Education
  • Terre Haute: Angela Hayes – Assistant Professor Human Services
  • Valparaiso: Mitzi Mary Simerlein, D.C. – Assistant Professor Liberal and Physical Sciences

Adjunct Faculty Honorees (by Ivy Tech location):

  • Anderson: Christine Quinn – Adjunct Faculty, Healthcare Specialist and CNA Director
  • Bloomington: Mary Jane Fleener, MSN,RN – Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
  • Columbus: Catherine Swinney – Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Instructor PN and ASN Nursing Program
  • Evansville: August “John” Paulson – Adjunct Faculty, Human Services
  • Fort Wayne: James (Jim) Graham – Adjunct Faculty, Automotive Technology
  • Indianapolis: Dianna Davis – Faculty/Mentor and Course Developer, IvyOnline
  • Kokomo: David LingleAutomotive Instructor
  • Lafayette: Brooke Criswell – Adjunct Lecturer
  • Lake County: Lee Richard Purcell – Adjunct Faculty, Communication/PT Academic Advisor
  • Lawrenceburg: C. Martin Justice – Adjunct Faculty, Human Services
  • Madison: Rae Jean Morris – Adjunct Instructor School of Nursing
  • Marion: Vicki Schumacher – Adjunct Faculty, Medical Assisting
  • Muncie: Felix Rippy – Adjunct Professor of Business and Technology
  • Richmond: Sunshine McCartt – Adjunct Faculty
  • Sellersburg: Veronica Munn – Associate Adjunct Instructor, English
  • South Bend – Elkhart: Fernando Ramirez III – Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Design
  • Terre Haute: Brandon Hall – Adjunct Faculty/Lab Assistant Agriculture
  • Valparaiso: Thomas Bancsi- Adjunct Faculty/Lead Occupational Therapist

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.

Ivy Tech Community College Foundation Announces Board Leadership

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Ivy Tech Foundation has nominated four members to board leadership. Board leadership will now include Constance Brown as Chair, Roland Shelton as Vice Chair, Patrick Ralston as Treasurer and Lauren Salerno as Secretary.

Constance D. Brown is a CPA who began her career with Ernst & Young specializing in healthcare. She spent 25 years in healthcare and health insurance with more than 20 years as the CFO of M Plan, Inc., Indiana University Health Plans, Inc. and related companies. She currently serves on the board of Ivy Tech Community College Foundation, Marquette Retirement Living Community (Finance Comm Chairman) and Conner Prairie. She has been a past member/ officer of the Boards of Directors of the International School of Indiana, Easter Seals Crossroads Rehabilitation, Inc., Special Olympics and Girls Incorporated.

Roland Shelton has more than 30 years of expertise in executive leadership roles. Mr. Shelton was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Strategic Business Partnership Officer in 2020 at Old National Bank. Prior to this, he served as Executive Business Development Officer. Prior to joining Old National Bank in 2017, Mr. Shelton served as Senior Vice President of Constituent Relations at Indiana State University. Mr. Shelton also worked at Park University as the Associate Vice President for Advancement and was a Business Manager at General Motors. He serves on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors, Mid-State Minority Development Council, Kentucky Wesleyan College Board of Trustees, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Regional Federal Prison Board, and the Hamilton Center Board of Directors.

Patrick Ralston served as Vice President of First Financial Bank for 17 years and as a state agency head under three Indiana governors – Evan Bayh, Frank O’Bannon and Joe Kernan.  He served 3 years in the US Army of that one year in Vietnam. Prior, he also worked at the Great Lakes Commission as Chairman, Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, and Indiana Heritage Trust. He was appointed by Congress to serve on the Gilmore Commission to assess the United States ability to respond to weapons of mass destruction in 1999.  He currently serves on the Terre Haute Regional Hospital Board of Directors, Gibault Children Service Board of Directors, and Small Business Advisory Council at Indiana State University.

Lauren Salerno is an attorney with over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry. Her position as Director of Product Management spans a variety of software companies across the country, including Lexis-Nexis, Thomson Reuters and Ontario Systems. Ms. Salerno focused her skills as a leader in marketing, finance, project management and a number of other cross-functional areas. Ms. Salerno’s experience has allowed her to successfully contribute to her passion for philanthropy. She served on many Foundation Boards and committees focusing on education and healthcare, such as Christamore House Guild, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Board, Eskenazi Health Strategic Planning Committee and St. Vincent Foundation Board. Ms. Salerno currently serves on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board as Chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Executive Committee as well as Chair of the Circle of Ivy – Women in Philanthropy.

“We are honored to have this team’s leadership, vast array of professional experiences, and true passion for Ivy Tech taking our board and Foundation to the next level of success,” said Constance Brown, board chair of the Ivy Tech Foundation.  “I would also like to thank our outgoing board members, Terry Bowen, David Findlay, Michael Lunsford, Lee Marchant, Phil Roby and Rich VonDerHaar, for their dedication and service to the board.”

The following individuals were appointed to the Ivy Tech Foundation Board:

  • Brian Stater, Hamilton County, vice president of business development, Bowen Engineering
  • Brian Statz, Indianapolis, director, LewisKappes
  • Seema Verma, Indianapolis, managing director, SAMNI Advisors, LLC

For a complete list of Ivy Tech Foundation Board members, visit: giving.ivytech.edu/board

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 the Ivy Tech Foundation
The Foundation’s most important function is to provide support for Ivy Tech Community College beyond state appropriations and student fees. Its overall program of work focuses on meeting student needs. The Foundation’s work is made possible by donations from friends of Ivy Tech. The Foundation distributes these donations as designated by the donor to support students and the College’s strategic initiatives. 

Ivy Tech Community College Launches First Statewide Campaign

Public phase of $285 million capital campaign kicks off

Ivy Tech Community College’s impact is felt all across Indiana. When the College’s students succeed, our communities and local businesses thrive, our state attracts new industries and entrepreneurs, and our futures are bolder and brighter.  A recent study revealed Ivy Tech has a $3.9 billion cumulative annual impact to the state.

Now the communities Ivy Tech serves have an opportunity to play a part in strengthening the critical role the College plays in Indiana.  Ivy Tech is beginning the public phase of its first-ever statewide campaign – a $285 million “Invest IN Ivy Tech” effort.

“Ivy Tech, Indiana’s community college, plays an outsized role in upskilling Indiana’s workforce and increasing Hoosier prosperity,” said Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “This campaign is largely a ‘human capital’ campaign ensuring we reach, educate, and serve all Hoosiers from first generation high school graduates to single parents and displaced workers allowing them to launch successful careers in high wage, high demand fields that will drive Indiana’s future economy.”

Invest IN Ivy Tech provides greater opportunity for each of the college’s 19 campuses to educate, train, and support its students. The funds raised through the campaign will benefit all of the campuses serving the 92 counties across Indiana. It reflects the College’s strategic plan and each campus’ strategic priorities, and will make a substantial difference for students, communities and the state.

“This campaign to invest in Ivy Tech will be one of the most impactful statewide philanthropic efforts in the history of the College and the Foundation. I am proud to work with those who share their passion and generosity with our students” said Becky Miller, Interim President of the Ivy Tech Foundation.

The campaign is being co-chaired by Glick Art Owner & Chairwoman of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation Marianne Glick and Old National Bank Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Jones.  Ontario Systems Co-Founder and former Chief Executive Officer Ron Fauquher is serving as the Chief Operating Officer for the campaign.

“I believe that an investment in Ivy Tech is the most impactful on the future of our citizens, our communities, and our State.  I am honored to co-chair this campaign and help tell the Ivy Tech story,” stated Glick.

“I have seen first-hand the role of Ivy Tech graduates in our communities.  They graduate ready to work and to contribute to the quality of life in their hometowns,” said Jones.

Ivy Tech’s impact supports the equivalent of 56,697 jobs. For perspective, the activities of Ivy Tech and its students support one out of every 70 jobs in Indiana.  A recent economic impact study showed that students invested $502.8 million in time and money that will generate a cumulative return of $2.2 billion in higher future earnings over their working careers.

“Ivy Tech’s impact goes well beyond the benefits students derive from their education,” said Ellspermann. “When the College’s students enter the workforce, whether right out of Ivy Tech or after continuing on to earn a bachelor’s degree, they bring with them valuable skills acquired through their education, resulting in increased productivity for their employers. That has a lasting impact on our state and the dozens of communities where our students live and work.”  

To unite the past with the future, Invest IN Ivy Tech will be completed in 2023, the 60th anniversary of Ivy Tech.  Learn more at InvestINIvyTech.org.