Ivy Tech Community College and University of Virginia announce new transfer partnership

Ivy Tech Community College and University of Virginia (UVA) are pleased to announce a new articulation agreement. This agreement allows Ivy Tech students who complete a designated pathway within the Liberal Arts Associate in Arts or Associate in Science program to complete an online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) through the University of Virginia.

“The UVA and Ivy Tech Community College articulation agreement offers a designated pathway for Ivy Tech graduates to earn an online degree from one of the nation’s top public universities,” says Damon Wade, associate dean for student services and enrollment at the UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Ivy Tech students that meet the requirements would transfer to UVA as third-year students and complete 60 credits to earn the online BIS degree. This agreement provides a seamless, cost-effective pathway for students seeking degree-completion in a broad range of interdisciplinary education options, with concentrations ranging from cyber security to health care management.

This new transfer partnership is yet another great opportunity for Ivy Tech students to complete a four-year degree, particularly in our liberal arts area of study, “said Russ Baker, vice president of academic affairs, Ivy Tech Community College. “Partnerships with new universities such as University of Virginia give our students more options for continuing their education at prestigious universities without ever having to leave the state of Indiana. We are excited to add this agreement to our growing list of articulation partners from across the country.”

For more information about Ivy Tech’s transfer opportunities visit www.ivytech.edu/transfer.

About University of Virginia

The UVA Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) is a degree-completion program offering a broad interdisciplinary education with online and evening classes. Individuals transfer to UVA as third-year students and complete 60 credits at UVA to earn the degree. They can choose concentrations in business, cyber security, early childhood, health care management, individualized, information technology, liberal arts, and more.

Applications are accepted for fall and spring admission. Students have access to financial aid, scholarships, and payment plans.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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.

From “Can’t” to “Can”: Community Colleges Turn Dreams Into Reality

By Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College

I hear the word “can’t” quite a bit:

  • “Everyone talks about getting a good job, but my family can’t afford to send me to college.”
  • “I’m willing to work, but I can’t make ends meet on my income.”
  • “I have a family and I can’t find the time, freedom, or money or to go to college. I’m stuck.”
  • “Even if I got a credential, I can’t imagine that anyone would hire me into one of those high-wage jobs. The system is rigged.”

You may hear some of the same things. You may even say them yourself. But this April, as we celebrate National Community College Month, we at Ivy Tech Community College are focused on helping people understand that they can get an affordable education, succeed in college, make it work even with a job and a family, and find a great job after just two years. In fact, that is exactly why Ivy Tech exists—to turn “can’t” into “can”—and to transform lives in the process.

Community colleges like Ivy Tech are a proven success nationwide. More than 40 percent of all college students start at community colleges, including many who transfer their credits and complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. In Indiana, this is becoming more common thanks to agreements with our university partners that make the transition incredibly easy. These universities accept nearly 100 Ivy Tech transfer courses, the “freshman year” of general education electives, and many “Transfer as a Junior” associate degrees that are perfectly matched to a bachelor’s degree. The advantage of starting at a community college like Ivy Tech is that we’re more affordable, offer small class sizes and personal attention, and have campuses close to nearly every household in the state.

We’re also unique in that we support two distinctly-different student populations:

  • Recent high school graduates, including thousands of 18-22 year olds currently enrolled at Ivy Tech. More Indiana high school graduates choose Ivy Tech than any other college in Indiana. Our tuition is a just over $4,000 a year, allowing students to complete an associate degree that transfers to any Indiana four-year university. By completing their first two years at Ivy Tech, students save anywhere from $10,000-$50,000—or more. This is an especially important consideration for students and families who want to lower their college debt—and who doesn’t?
  • Working adults, including tens of thousands of other students currently enrolled at Ivy Tech. Regardless of where you started your career, or what job you’re in now, Ivy Tech gives you the opportunity to move into high-wage fields like information technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing. You can earn a high-demand certificate in as little as six courses, then “stack” additional credentials that prepare you for better jobs along the way. In fact, more than 100 credentials like this are available at no cost through Indiana’s Next Level Jobs. And, once you’re in a good job, your employer may even pay for you to continue skilling up for an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or beyond, with tuition reimbursement or through Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree program.

So, the next time you hear yourself saying you can’t make college work or you can’t find a good job, remember that you can—at Ivy Tech Community College. The first step is visiting one of our Ivy Tech’s 40+ locations across the state, or getting started online at IvyTech.edu. Millions of Americans have made the community college a success story. Now, it’s time to begin creating a success story of your own.

President Ellspermann is Ivy Tech Community College’s ninth president and oversees the largest singly accredited community college in the nation. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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.

Community College Month: A Cause for Celebration Well Beyond our Campuses

By Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College

“Our Communities. Your College.” That’s the promise of Ivy Tech Community College. And that’s why we believe Community College Month, which takes place in April, is worth celebrating well beyond our campuses.

Since our founding in 1963, Ivy Tech has prepared students for the workforce or transfer to a four-year university and strengthened the economy by aligning our credentials with employer needs. With the adoption of our new strategic plan, we have affirmed this commitment and made tremendous strides toward our goal of awarding more than 50,000 high-quality credentials annually. With more than 40 locations offering high-value certificates, certifications and associate degrees, we’re making an impact in communities large and small, urban and rural, and in every corner of the state.

Here are some of the accomplishments made by our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners we’re celebrating this month:

  • Our successful work with Governor Eric Holcomb, the Department of Workforce Development, and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) in developing and executing the Next Level Jobs initiative, engaging with local employers to identify high-impact, short-term credentials and non-credit training required to prepare Indiana’s workforce. More than 8,000 Hoosiers are enrolled in these high demand credentials.
  • Our partnership with the ICHE and other state-supported higher education institutions to enhance transfer opportunities for students. As a result, Indiana students save more than $10,000 and as much as $50,000 on the first two years of college when they graduate from Ivy Tech before moving on to a bachelor’s degree.
  • Delivering dual credit to more than 61,000 high school students with the potential of saving more than $10 million per year on college tuition. In fact, Purdue found in its own study that students who came with credits from Ivy Tech performed even better than their other students–and were more likely to graduate on time.
  • Our Achieve Your Degree partnership with the Indiana Chamber and more than 150 employers offering free tuition for their employees to pursue degrees and credentials that will boost their careers without requiring employees to “upfront” the money.
  • Our work with the Indiana Department of Correction to deliver high wage, high demand credentials to incarcerated individuals as they transition toward release and prepare themselves for a new start. Nearly 100 percent of these ex-offenders are employed for a true second chance.
  • Our transition to predominantly 8-week courses is helping adults stay focused and complete faster. And we will continue to reinvent higher education to better serve our students, employers and communities.
  • Strengthening our connections to the communities we serve with our new campus-based structure, campus boards, and advisory councils.
  • Our continued focus on cost savings and fundraising while working to ensure public funding provided to Ivy Tech remains an excellent return on investment. This is underscored by the Ivy Tech Foundation’s standing as the largest community college foundation in the nation.

Clearly, we have a lot to celebrate at Ivy Tech—and we hope you’ll join us. After all, Ivy Tech is not just Indiana’s community college; it’s your community college. You’re to thank for our success, and your continued support is critical to ensure that our future, and the future prospects for our students, remain bright, this month and every month.

President Ellspermann is Ivy Tech Community College’s ninth president and oversees the largest singly accredited community college in the nation. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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.