Purdue University Global, Ivy Tech partner on transfer pathway

INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue University Global and Ivy Tech Community College have enhanced an existing partnership with an admissions agreement that will provide a pathway for transfer students.

Students graduating from Ivy Tech with an Indiana Transfer Single Articulation Pathway associate’s degree are eligible to receive a custom articulation of credit into the related bachelor’s program at Purdue Global. All TSAP associate’s degrees include the Statewide Transfer General Education Core. As a result, students will have all of their standard bachelor’s program general education requirements fulfilled by the TSAP associate’s degree.

Qualifying associate degrees will be evaluated for alignment to the approved bachelor’s programs based on statewide associate’s degree competencies. As such, transfer of credit will be seamless and standardized.

“Purdue Global is uniquely positioned to offer a seamless transfer to the thousands of students who have graduated, or will graduate, from a TSAP associate degree program,” Purdue Global Chancellor Frank Dooley said. “Purdue Global faculty have analyzed the TSAP associate degree areas and corresponding degree competencies to identify alignment to Purdue Global bachelor’s degrees. As a result, Purdue Global will begin to offer custom articulations for students enrolling from an eligible TSAP associate’s degree into an approved Purdue Global bachelor’s degree.”

There are seven TSAP areas of study that align with Purdue Global curricula: business administration, computer science, criminal justice, human services, information technology, nursing and psychology.

Ivy Tech is the predominant associate degree participant in the TSAP program, which is marketed through its “Transfer as a Junior” initiative. Purdue Global already has a substantial partnership pipeline with Ivy Tech that TSAP pathways will enhance.

“This TSAP pathway articulation agreement with Purdue University Global provides a tremendous opportunity for Ivy Tech transfer students seeking an online option for their bachelor’s degree completion,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. “This expanded articulation agreement guarantees that students will seamlessly transfer as a junior. But a unique benefit is that after students transfer to Purdue Global, they will still have some electives. This provides more flexibility than transfer pathways typically offer.”

TSAP is a statewide program to standardize the transferability of a completed associate degree toward a related bachelor’s program. TSAP formalizes the statewide competencies of the two-year degree in order to support unified transfer into a four-year degree.

“The Indiana TSAP program provides a statewide framework for students to transfer associate degrees toward bachelor’s degrees, but at Purdue Global we take it one step further,” said Allegra Fowler, director of transfer and articulation for Purdue Global. “We will not only accept Indiana general education credits completely and ensure that the major requirements of every student’s associate degree apply seamlessly to their Purdue Global bachelor’s degree, they also will be able to pursue electives that interest them and select from available concentration options. We give students the credit they deserve while preserving the flexibility of their bachelor’s degree requirements.”

About Purdue University Global
Purdue University Global is the extreme personalization online university, providing students the competitive edge to advance in their chosen careers. It offers a hyper-tailored path for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global serves more than 31,000 students (as of June 2020), most of whom earn their degree online. It also operates several regional locations nationwide. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates two regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest, Indiana, as well as serving close to 6,000 science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, please visit purdueglobal.edu.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Ivy Tech Community College Faculty Use AI to Enrich Online Class Discussion

Indiana’s largest postsecondary institution partners with Packback to boost engagement and research best practices for underrepresented students

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Faculty at Ivy Tech Community College have a new tool to spark curiosity and creativity among their students, thanks to an initiative that will bring artificial intelligence (AI) to bear on transforming classroom discussion. Through a partnership with the inquiry-based discussion platform Packback, the system will enable students across a variety of disciplines to access more engaging, challenging online discussions. 

“The lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more important than ever to ensure that the online learning experience is as effective — and fulfilling — as in-person programs,” said Nicole Duttlinger, adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech, whose research focuses on best practices in online discussion. “Packback’s technology, including its automatic feedback system, is rooted in sound pedagogy and a commitment to fostering students’ intrinsic motivation. Their platform has boosted participation rates in four sections, and enabled me to focus less on discussion logistics and more on course content and mastery.”

The initiative comes at a time when community colleges across the country are working to grow and strengthen online offerings, as they rapidly transition to online courses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To mitigate the impact of the crisis on students, Ivy Tech offered free courses to 10,000 Indiana residents, and has also raised more than $1,000,000 for students through its COVID-19 Relief Fund.

“We are really excited about the research aspect of this partnership — and especially its potential to help close persistent equity gaps,” said Matthew Pittman, Assistant Vice President for Distance Learning & Educational Technology at Ivy Tech. “Our initial pilot has already provided critical insights into engagement in discussion activities, particularly among different demographic groups. That data can help provide direction in our course design as we look to address inequalities as part of our strategic plan. As we continue this work with Packback, we are looking forward to leveraging this sort of data and insight to begin addressing the disparities we see among different populations in our online courses and beyond.”

Ivy Tech’s work with Packback will include a research partnership focused on identifying the most effective pedagogical approaches and interactions to improve engagement for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. This effort builds upon pilot studies which suggest that classes who use Packback are more likely to be engaged in discussion, and are also more likely to report higher levels of satisfaction and higher overall course grades.

Over the next three years, Ivy Tech faculty will contribute to a body of research that will uncover and highlight best practices for improving both engagement and academic outcomes. Results from the first cohort of research indicate a 13.39% increase in the number of students earning A, B, or C grades.

“As one of the most forward-thinking community college systems in the country, Ivy Tech often serves as an exemplar for institutions seeking new strategies to improve student engagement — and, in turn, academic outcomes,” said Packback co-founder Kasey Gandham. “This partnership is about not just improving discussion in the short term, but also conducting research to inform more effective practice in online programs across the country.”

As the community college system for the state of Indiana, Ivy Tech encompasses more than 40 locations across the state, and online, making it the largest community college system in the country. The system serves 90,000 students annually, many of whom have so-called nontraditional characteristics.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

About Packback
Packback is an inquiry-driven learning platform and pedagogy that teaches students how to ask great open-ended questions at high levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Using A.I., Packback acts as a “Digital TA” to support faculty in facilitating online discussions while offering students instant writing feedback. Packback’s A.I. automates faculty administrative tasks such as grading and moderation, while enabling instructors to scale high quality feedback with consistency.  The platform has been used by over 500,000 students and 3500 faculty across 200 4-year and 2-year institutions.

IWU, Ivy Tech form partnership to make transferring to IWU seamless

Indiana Wesleyan University is pleased to announce a new transfer agreement with Ivy Tech Community College that provides seamless pathways for Ivy Tech students to easily transfer to IWU-Marion — the University’s residential campus in Marion, Indiana — upon completion of their associate degree. The agreement also provides the option to transfer to IWU-National & Global, which offers programs online and at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

Ivy Tech students transferring to IWU-Marion may select one of nine available degree pathways, depending on the associate degree they have earned. A student’s entire associate degree and all prior credits will be eligible for transfer provided they are from a CHEA or DOE institution, a grade of “C” or higher was earned, and the courses were 100-level or higher.

The available degree pathways are as follows:

Ivy Tech Degree IWU-Marion Degree
Associate of Science Business AdministrationtoBachelor of Arts Business Administration
Associate of Science Business AdministrationtoBachelor of Arts Marketing
Associate of Science Business AdministrationtoBachelor of Arts Entrepreneurship
Associate of Science Business AdministrationtoBachelor of Arts Finance
Associate of Science Business AdministrationtoBachelor of Arts Management
Associate of Science Criminal Justice          toBachelor of Science Criminal Justice
Associate of Science Human Services         toBachelor of Science Psychology
Associate of Science Psychology     toBachelor of Science Psychology
Associate of Science Human ServicestoBachelor of Social Work    
Ivy Tech Degree IWU National & Global Degree
AAS Early Childhood Education toAAS Accounting
AAS Human Services/Addiction Studies toBS Addictions Counseling
AS Business Administration toBS Business Administration
AS Business Administration toBS Marketing
AS Criminal Justice toBS Criminal Justice
AS Cyber Security           toBS Cybersecurity – Cyber Analyst
AS Early Childhood Education          toBS Early Childhood Education
AS Hospitality Administration     toBS Hospitality Management 
AS Human Services toBS Addictions Counseling    

“We’re very excited about this partnership between Ivy Tech and Indiana Wesleyan to provide seamless pathways for area students to gain an affordable, high-quality education,” said Dr. Rod Reed, chancellor, IWU-Marion. “It’s great to see these two communities of committed educators working together creatively to benefit the families of our region.”

While this is the first time IWU-Marion will be involved in a transfer agreement with Ivy Tech, it is the continuation of a preexisting partnership between Ivy Tech and IWU-National & Global.

“Our continued partnership with Ivy Tech is critical to our strategic goal of lowering student debt and optimizing transfer credits,” said Dr. Matt Lucas, chancellor, IWU-National & Global. “Like Ivy Tech, we want Hoosiers to be able to gain the education they need so they can pursue their dreams for their careers and families.”

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with IWU-National and Global, and expand the relationship to include IWU-Marion,” said Alex Huskey, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Marion campus. “This provides another wonderful opportunity for students to have access to high quality education beyond their associate degree.”

For more information, contact IWU-Marion Admissions at 866-468-6498 or IWU-National & Global Admissions at 866-498-4968.

About Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University is celebrating 100 years as a Christian, global, comprehensive university providing liberal arts and professional education to approximately 14,000 students worldwide. IWU is one of the largest faith-based universities in America with rich undergraduate, graduate, masters and doctoral programs in such highly acclaimed academic units as the School of Nursing, School of Physical and Applied Sciences, College of Adult and Professional Studies, and School of Arts and Humanities.  An early leader in adult and online education, IWU is known for excellence in innovation. Students live and learn on the beautiful 300-acre IWU-Marion traditional campus, and study through IWU-National & Global programs offered online and at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, founded by the Wesleyan Church denomination and IWU, prepares Christian leaders to engage in missional ministry locally and globally. Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit indwes.edu.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.