INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University Calumet have created a new statewide transfer agreement to assist students wanting to complete a bachelor’s degree. Students can complete two years at Ivy Tech and in most cases have completed at least half, and sometimes more, of the total required credits towards a bachelor’s degree at Purdue University Calumet.
Under the new agreement, any Ivy Tech student completing the Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education will transfer as a junior with at least 60 credits into Purdue University Calumet’s Bachelor of Arts program in Human Development and Family Studies. The agreement aims to create a seamless transition for students seeking their baccalaureate degree in the up-and-coming field of human development and family studies which includes careers in relationship therapy and education, as well as family, child, and youth development.
The new agreements will help fill critical job needs in the state of Indiana, targeting the growing void of skilled educators and youth caretakers.
Purdue University Calumet is offering students from Ivy Tech the opportunity to transfer as juniors into their competitive program. This agreement aligns with Ivy Tech’s “2+2” initiative, which seeks to forge transfer agreements with as many four-year institutions as possible, increasing the ability of Ivy Tech students to transfer on and seek further education.
“Our goal is to continue to develop statewide transfer agreements to make it easier, faster and more affordable for our students to transfer and complete their bachelor’s degree,” said Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “Purdue University Calumet represents a great move forward for us as we continue to partner with four-year institutions across the state. With our 2+2 initiative in place, we are extremely grateful for Purdue University Calumet opening their doors to students and offering them an opportunity that they might not have had otherwise. ”
The number of students transferring from Ivy Tech Community College to various 4-year public colleges and universities throughout Indiana has increased 438 percent in just the last ten years. More than 8,800 students this past academic year transferred more than 175,000 credit hours, up from 1,015 students and 13,244 credit hours just ten years ago.
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.