Ivy Tech Community College announces faculty partnership with HBCUs

INDIANAPOLIS –Ivy Tech Community College has implemented a special initiative to recruit master’s level graduates from some of the nation’s top historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The program will be named the Sam H. Jones Faculty Fellows Program in honor of late Indianapolis Urban League President and Chief Executive Officer Sam H. Jones.

The intent of the initiative is to address the College’s core value of diversity and to address the Board of Trustees’ approved strategic plan seeking greater diversity and inclusion in the College’s workforce. Specifically, the College will establish formal working relationships with chosen HBCU partners that produce master’s level graduates needed to teach Ivy Tech classes and lead its academic programs to new heights in terms of academic excellence.

The program focuses on the College’s three largest regions with sizable minority populations – Northwest, North Central, and Central Indiana – for strategic action and ground breaking efforts to attract, employ, and retain full-time minority faculty members. The targeted regions have identified vacant faculty positions with which the College will apply the model.

This special initiative augments current regional minority faculty recruitment efforts to reduce the gap between the student body make-up and composition of the full-time faculty by race and ethnicity. The goal is to hire three to five new faculty members from HBCU partners beginning Fall 2015 semester and beyond.

Ivy Tech has the greatest higher education impact on the African-American population of Indiana with more than half of African-Americans enrolled in college in Indiana attending Ivy Tech. The college has a minority student enrollment of more than 25,000 students.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 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.

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