WGU Indiana and Ivy Tech strengthen partnership

Indiana’s online university increases offer to Ivy Tech graduates

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – (April 23, 2015) WGU Indiana, the state’s only nonprofit online university, and Ivy Tech Community College, the largest community college system in the United States, have renewed their commitment to furthering higher education in Indiana. The institutions have signed an agreement that will provide Ivy Tech graduates transferring to WGU a 5% tuition discount for four academic terms, up from the previous agreement, which provided a tuition discount for two terms.

“As Ivy Tech continues to play a critical role in Indiana’s economy, it’s important that our graduates have additional educational opportunities through WGU Indiana that are both affordable and flexible,” said Tom Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College. “WGU Indiana has shown a strong commitment to our graduates, as well as to our reverse articulation agreement. Those commitments are the foundation of our partnership.”

Students who graduate from Ivy Tech can enroll as WGU students to pursue bachelor or master’s degrees in many of the areas that the Indiana Department of Workforce Development has concluded will be necessary for in-demand jobs over the next decade. Currently, nearly 700 WGU Indiana students have transferred in Ivy Tech credits. Approximately one in twelve WGU Indiana graduates has previously transferred credits from an Ivy Tech campus.

“WGU Indiana has myriad partnerships with organizations across the state, but no partnership is stronger than our relationship with Ivy Tech,” said Allison Barber, chancellor of WGU Indiana. “Our partnership is based in a culture of collaboration in our effort to offer Hoosier students access the type of advanced educational options they need to be successful in a 21st century workforce.”

WGU Indiana maintains credit transfer policies in partnership with community colleges throughout the United States. Additionally, the university offers tuition discounts to employees of corporate partners including IU Health, AT&T and others. These tuition discounts are available in addition to the more than $400,000 in scholarships reserved for WGU Indiana students.

About WGU Indiana

WGU Indiana is the state’s nonprofit, online university. Using a competency-based model that allows students to accelerate at their own pace and curriculum developed with input from leading employers, WGU Indiana offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Education, Information Technology and Healthcare Professions, including Nursing. WGU Indiana has awarded 2,100 degrees and has more than 4,200 students currently enrolled. In 2012, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recognized WGU Indiana and its Reaching Higher, Achieving More agenda for its excellence in academic quality. The university was also recognized as one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2013. In 2014, WGU’s secondary teacher preparation program ranked first among 2,400 schools for quality by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). According to a study conducted by Gallup in 2014, WGU graduates are more likely than those from other U.S. universities to have the jobs they want, feel engaged at work, and have an emotional attachment to their alma maters.

About Ivy Tech

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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