Ivy Tech Community College selects Marcus Kolb as Assistant Vice President of Academic Policy & Assessment

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has selected Dr. Marcus Kolb to serve as Assistant Vice President of Academic Policy & Assessment. Kolb will begin his new role on June 10.

Kolb has been working in higher education for nearly 20 years and has held several positions focused on student success at colleges and universities across the country.

Most recently, Kolb worked with the Lumina Foundation for Education as a Strategy Officer where he has led and managed Lumina’s student learning outcomes and assessment efforts. As leader of the production and testing of the beta Degree Qualifications Profile and expanding the work of Tuning USA, Kolb was a key player in innovating the way higher education can improve learning.

Through his efforts, Kolb has nurtured partnerships with regional accreditors, including the Higher Learning Commission and membership organizations like the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

“Dr. Kolb has a strong background in academia and a demonstrated commitment to student success,” said Dr. Mary Ostrye, Provost and Senior Vice President at Ivy Tech. “He has an extensive history in higher education that will benefit us greatly as we work to develop and expand our assessment and policy strategies.”

Prior to joining Lumina, Kolb served as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs/Faculty in the School of Public Health at Drexel University where he was responsible for developing and interpreting academic policy. During his first year at Drexel, Kolb increased enrollment 60 percent through development and implementation of a tuition discounting program. He also served as Interim Academic Affairs Dean for several months and has developed his leadership skills through team efforts in grant projects, strategy development with leaders, and building consensus among faculty over difficult issues.

Kolb has also served multiple positions within the University of Arizona including Retention Programming Coordinator, Advising Specialist, Hall Director and Graduate Hall Director. As Retention and Programming Coordinator, he led campus-wide retention efforts and increased retention from freshman to sophomore by 2 percent among underrepresented populations.

Kolb has also held the positions of Resident Director and Judicial Assistant at Clemson University. He began his professional career at Kutztown University as Residence Director where he supervised staff and administered a residence hall of freshman students.

Kolb has been part of many committees during his career, including the University of Arizona Ombuds Committee and the Council on Education for Public Health Accreditation Steering Committee at Drexel University, as well as various grant-making teams.

Kolb earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kutztown University, Master of Education with a Counseling and Guidance concentration from Clemson University and his Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from The University of Arizona.

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.

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