COLUMBUS – Brenda Hotopp has been named Director of Student Success and Retention at Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus. This position is newly created as a result of the College participating in “Achieving the Dream,” a national initiative whose goal is to improve success among community college students. Now encompassing more than 130 institutions in 24 states and the District of Columbia, Achieving the Dream initiatives help community colleges examine students’ performance over time and identify barriers to academic progress.
In her new role, Hotopp will be responsible for helping more students to reach their individual goals, including earning a community college certificate or degree, attaining a bachelor’s degree, and/or obtaining a better job. She will work to increase the percentage of students who successfully complete the courses they take, advance from remedial to credit-bearing courses, enroll from one semester to the next, and earn degrees and/or certificates. Specifically, she will identify at-risk student populations, identify areas of needed change that will increase student retention, identify emerging programs on retention issues, and implement a student retention information tracking system.
Hotopp holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice from Ball State University. She served Ivy Tech-Columbus as Director of Career Services for 22 years. She was named Director of Admissions in the fall of 2010 and assumed the duties of Director of Student Success and Retention on May 1st.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution; it has 23 campuses within 14 regions throughout the State of Indiana and serves nearly 200,000 students annually. The Ivy Tech-Columbus Region includes the six counties of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, and the southern portion of Johnson. More than 6,700 students are enrolled in its 23 academic programs within the Schools of Business, Education, Fine Arts & Design, Technology, Liberal Arts, Health Sciences, Public & Social Services, and Nursing. The Department of Workforce & Economic Development, which works in partnership with business and industry, serves over 1,500 students annually.