INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College enrolled 16,569 Indiana high school students in dual credit this year, a 43.9 percent increase from the number of students enrolled the previous year.
The 16,569 high school students completed 83,971 credit hours saving Indiana parents nearly $8 million in college tuition costs. Last year, Ivy Tech enrolled 11,512 high school students who completed more than 58,000 credit hours saving Indiana parents more than $5.5 million in college tuition costs. Since the 2005-2006 school year, dual credit headcount at the college has increased by 141 percent.
Ivy Tech’s dual credit program allows high school juniors and seniors to simultaneously enroll at Ivy Tech and their high school to earn both college and high school credits. 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 235 Indiana high schools and career centers. Approximately 90 percent of all Indiana high school students have access to Ivy Tech’s dual credit classes. 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.
“Educational attainment beyond high school is widely recognized as necessary to compete and succeed in the modern economy, yet too few students are able to complete the education they need,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. “We are so very grateful to work with the state’s superintendents, principals and instructors to make these partnerships possible. We must work together to make college attainable to all students, and getting students exposed to college as early as possible will open up the prospect of post-secondary education to students who might not otherwise consider going to college.”
Ivy Tech Community College offers the majority of dual credit in Indiana. 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 equivalent, or if necessary, to suggest changes in order 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.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 120,000 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.