INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will host the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program Monday, August 29, at the College’s Valparaiso campus. Ivy Tech is the first community college asked to participate in the nationally-renowned fellowship program.
The ACE Fellows program is the longest running leadership development program in the United States, focused on identifying and preparing senior administrators for the nation’s colleges and universities. The program is comprised of top executive and administrative leaders at various institutions of higher education throughout the United States.
The program selects institutions who exemplify best practices in areas of student success, change processes and inclusive excellence. Because of Ivy Tech’s unique position as the only statewide community college in the country, its phenomenal enrollment growth, and its diligence to create cost savings measures, the ACE Fellows program selected the college for this prestigious project.
Each participating institution creates a charge which the ACE Fellows provide consulting services. Ivy Tech is requesting consulting services for the 2011-12 class of ACE Fellows for the purpose of analysis of overall effectiveness of the college’s strategic plan, Accelerating Greatness, and Achieving the Dream initiatives as they relate to the mission and goals of Ivy Tech. National best practices will be researched and included in the final summary.
The ACE Fellows will make data-driven recommendations for improvements regarding strategy development and implementation, as well as development of communication plans for constituents based on the research of national best practices and Ivy Tech’s current practices in the areas of its strategic plan, Achieving the Dream, online programming, and diversity.
“We are extremely honored to be selected by the ACE Fellows program and eager to learn from the country’s top experts in higher education,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. “Ivy Tech has a unique structure that will prove to be an excellent case study for the ACE Fellows program. We are eager to learn from the fellows recommendations and ultimately implement those best practices here at Ivy Tech to make the college one of the country’s premier institutions of higher education.”
The ACE Fellows program combines retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year. As a result, the ACE Fellows program is the most effective, comprehensive leadership development program in American higher education today. Of the more than 1,500 Fellows to date, more than 300 have served as chief executive officers at more than 350 institutions.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.