INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College has been named the top two-year institution that awarded associate degrees nationwide by Community College Week, for the fourth year in a row. In the 2014-2015 academic year, Ivy Tech Community College awarded 9,954 associate degrees, almost doubling the second ranked two-year institution, Houston Community College. In 2013-2014 academic year, Ivy Tech awarded 9,453 associate degrees, which indicates a 5% increase year over year. Overall, Ivy Tech placed third nationwide, with four-year institution’s University of Phoenix-Arizona and Miami Dade College ranking first and second, respectively.
“Ivy Tech Community College is thrilled to see so many students earning their associate degree,” says Sue Ellspermann, president, Ivy Tech Community College. “Lumina Foundation has set a goal to have 60 percent of our workforce holding a degree or certificate by the year 2025. With Ivy Tech’s facilities, program offerings, and faculty and staff, we are well equipped to help meet that goal.”
The report from Community College Week also showed Ivy Tech Community College as the top two-year institution awarding two-year certificates, with 7,283 produced in the 2014-2015 academic year. For one-year certificates, Ivy Tech ranked sixth, awarding 3,164.
In the Health Professions & Related Programs area, Ivy Tech ranked first with a 20% increase year over year, had the highest number of graduating males in the area, and awarded 3,167 associate degrees during the 2014-2015 academic year. Ivy Tech also ranked first in the Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing area with a 17% increase, with 1,301 degrees awarded in the same academic year.
Ivy Tech Community College saw increases in other top associate degree areas including:
- Agriculture, Agricultural Operations & Related Sciences: +16%
- Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies & Humanities: +5%
- Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services: +13%
- Education: +2%
- Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields: +1%
- Health Professions & Related Fields: +20%
- Precision Production: +3%
For information about Ivy Tech Community College’s more than 150 programs, visit ivytech.edu.