INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College received a $200,000 grant from Lumina Foundation to help benchmark performance against policies and practices used by high-performing colleges in the Achieving the Dream (ATD) and Aspen Institute Community College Excellence Program networks.
As part of the grant, ATD and Aspen will send a team to Ivy Tech to conduct an intensive visit and a series of professional development sessions during the year and then will prepare a comprehensive report to guide Ivy Tech’s development of an updated plan for institutional reform aimed at improving student learning, increasing workforce placement, raising levels of credential attainment, increasing equity by narrowing achievement gaps, and improving transfer success.
Together, Ivy Tech and ATD will work to build Ivy Tech’s capacity to mine, analyze and interpret data, specifically data that can help identify and monitor achievement gaps related to student success; and to identify and implement strategic, evidence-based strategies, modeled after practices of high-performing community colleges. ATD is a national initiative dedicated to helping more community college students succeed, particularly those students who traditionally face the most significant barriers to success, including students of color and low-income students.
The grant also will be used to increase the capacity of the regional campuses and to accelerate the attainment of college credentials in Indiana.
“As Indiana’s largest postsecondary institution, Ivy Tech can benefit from this partnership with Achieving the Dream and Aspen Institute,” said Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech. “We are excited about being able to accelerate the pace of regional data training and capacity building, with the overarching goal of increasing student success and attainment, and we’re grateful to Lumina for providing the funding.”
The ATD-Aspen site visit will provide high-level recommendations to guide the College’s work for the next five years. With the help of coaches from Achieving the Dream, Ivy Tech will develop a plan for implementing the recommendations that Ivy Tech leadership judge to be economically feasible and critical to accelerating student success in Indiana. And, in addition to building greater capacity for institutional transformation and improved student outcomes, the proposed collaboration will test a new state-based model for the delivery of ATD coaching. ATD will share lessons with the overall network and use the experience to improve ATD service offerings to all colleges and states.
This project will direct Ivy Tech to look at current achievement gaps and monitor progress toward closing the gaps. Additionally, it will give faculty and staff the training and tools to further disaggregate data through data mining and analysis by expanding the College’s research capacity.
Ivy Tech Community College first joined Achieving the Dream initiative in 2009.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. 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.
About Lumina Foundation
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an equitable, accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025. For more information, logon to www.luminafoundation.org.