Ivy Tech Community College Names Dr. Mia Johnson as Anderson Campus Chancellor

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Mia D. Johnson as chancellor for the Anderson campus, effective immediately. Ivy Tech underwent a community listening tour, a national search, and finalist community and campus forums for the selection process. Dr. Johnson has served in many leadership roles at Ivy Tech including, most recently, as interim chancellor for the Anderson campus and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Muncie campus. 

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Anderson campus,” said Johnson. “Over the last 10 years, our community has evolved and I know as we work to grow the campus, this team will be dedicated to ensuring student success. We are committed to providing students the skills necessary to further their education or go directly into the workforce. Education is the catalyst that helps communities thrive. I am passionate about ensuring that Ivy Tech is a strategic community partner. We will collaborate with our local schools, employer partners, and community officials. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to make sure this campus flourishes.” 

In addition to Johnson’s most recent roles, she is also an associate professor of Psychology and Human Services at Ivy Tech. She has been with Ivy Tech for more than 12 years. Her career at the College began as a certification and assessment center associate in the testing center. She has also worked as the assistant registrar, regional registrar, human services faculty, program chair, department chair, and dean. 

“Dr. Johnson is the quintessential chancellor,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “She was an Ivy Tech student and graduate, has served in a number of roles at the college, and has progressively grown as an academic and leader over 12 years. During her time as the Interim Chancellor, she demonstrated her commitment, engagement, and leadership ability with the Anderson campus and community. We welcome her to the full rank of Chancellor.”

Johnson is active in the community serving as the president elect for the YWCA-Central Indiana, and serving on the board of directors for the YMCA of Muncie, and the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County’s scholarship advisory committee. She also is a mentor for Project Leadership, member of Rotary and Altrusa International, and very active in International Leadership Association. 

She is a Muncie native who graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in 2003 and then went on to earn both her Bachelors and Masters’ degrees in Psychology, and a PhD in Global Leadership with a Higher Education concentration in 2016.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. 

Ball State, Ivy Tech expand business options for transfer students

MUNCIE, Indiana – Students studying business at Ivy Tech Community College now have more options when they transfer to Ball State University as a result of a new agreement between the institutions.

Ivy Tech graduates in business administration may transfer directly into 11 business majors offered by Ball State’s Miller College of Business under a Guaranteed Admission Agreement.

“We have created a seamless process for students from Ivy Tech to find a home in the Miller College of Business at our University,” said Ball State Provost Susana Rivera-Mills. “We know that Ivy Tech students are highly motivated for success and will add to our campus culture. We look forward to expanding opportunities for more Hoosiers to receive their bachelor degrees from our University.”

Ball State and Ivy Tech Community College currently collaborate to offer 13 Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAP). A TSAP welcomes students to complete select associate degrees at Ivy Tech and then transfer as a junior to Ball State, needing only an additional 60 credit hours to complete select bachelor degrees. With this arrangement, students who earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in their Ivy Tech program are guaranteed admission to the majority of associated Ball State major.

Previously, Ivy Tech students in business administration could directly transfer into two business majors: business administration or logistics and supply chain management. Both of the Ball State majors are offered on-campus and fully online.

“Ivy Tech is committed to student success. Many students start at Ivy Tech, receive their associate degree, and continue onto our four-year partners such as Ball State,” said Jeffrey D. Scott, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College of the Muncie and Henry County locations. “We value Ball State’s partnership in our transfer programs as well as our guaranteed admission process. When educational partners work together, it ensures student success, fuels the state’s labor force and adds value to our local communities.”

Ivy Tech Business Administration TSAP students now have the flexibility to select one of the following transfer majors at Ball State:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Analytics
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Professional Selling
  • Risk Management

To assist students considering transfer, Ball State opened the Transfer Center in 2019. The Transfer Center provides students with a personalized experience in their transition to Ball State. Students can make an appointment to speak with a staff member by phone or video chat about their options and how their credits will transfer. With a Transfer Flight Path, a staff member helps future Cardinals plan courses at their current school that will integrate with the curriculum at Ball State.

Christopher Sherck, Ball State’s transfer center coordinator, and the center’s team are expanding the University’s partnerships with community colleges like Ivy Tech and Vincennes University by visiting students in classrooms and meeting with advisors and students at various Ivy Tech campuses.

To learn more about transferring to Ball State, visit bsu.edu/transfer.

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Founded in 1918 and located in Muncie, Ball State University is one of Indiana’s premier universities and an economic driver for the state. Ball State’s 21,600 students come from all over Indiana, the nation, and the world. The 790-acre campus is large enough to accommodate first-rate facilities and 19 NCAA Division I sports, but our welcoming and inclusive campus is small enough to ensure the friendliness, personal attention, and access that are the hallmarks of the University. Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State’s ambitious goals for our second century. We Fly!

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About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

Ivy Tech Community College Drives Improved Outcomes for 21st Century Scholars Despite COVID-19

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College, in partnership with student success nonprofit InsideTrack, has improved outcomes for its 21st Century Scholars for six straight years, nearly tripling two-year completion rates since the partnership began in 2014. The latest results demonstrate the ongoing initiative to improve persistence and completion rates among first-generation, low-income students participating in Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program.

Ivy Tech’s fall-to-fall retention of first time, full time 21st Century Scholars increased to 52.7 percent, up from 50.6 percent last year and a historic average of 36.9 percent prior to InsideTrack partnership. The two-year degree completion rate for this group also rose from 11.8 percent in 2014 to 28.6 percent last year, including a 3.8 point gain in the most recent cycle. 

“The population Ivy Tech serves has been among the hardest hit by the pandemic, because of the impact on their livelihoods, their family responsibilities and limitations in their access to technology,” said Cory Clasemann, vice president of student success at Ivy Tech Community College. “The proactive, relationship-based approach to student coaching we’ve put in place with InsideTrack has enabled us to meet students where they are at and support them in these most challenging and uncertain times.”

As part of the program, InsideTrack’s professional coaches work with students to help them develop non-academic skills necessary for higher education success, including time management, self-advocacy and effective communication. Through one-on-one meetings and ongoing digital communication via voice, email and text messaging, coaches help 21st Century Scholars identify long-term goals, connect with campus resources, and create plans to graduate prepared for career success. 

In 2014, Ivy Tech partnered with InsideTrack to develop the 21st Century Scholars Coaching Program through a statewide initiative coordinated by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education with support from the Strada Education Network. Since then, the partnership has been expanded to include coaching for additional student populations and training for Ivy Tech faculty and staff on ways to employ coaching techniques in their day-to-day interactions with students.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of the challenges that too often derail students, especially those outside the classroom,” said Jessica Hector, associate vice president of partner success at InsideTrack. “Ivy Tech had the foresight years ago to reimagine its student support services—a strategic decision that continues to pay dividends, even through the unprecedented hardships we’ve seen over the past year.”

For more than 20 years, InsideTrack has worked with colleges and universities nationwide to enhance student enrollment, persistence, completion, and career readiness. A nonprofit member of the Strada Education Network, InsideTrack’s seasoned team of professional coaches, trainers, and consultants enables institutions to realize immediate impact as they build for the future.

For those interested in learning more, Mr. Clasemann recently sat down virtually with Ms. Hector to discuss Ivy Tech’s efforts to support students through the pandemic.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree. 

About InsideTrack

InsideTrack is passionate about student success. We partner with institutions and organizations to improve enrollment, persistence, completion and career readiness. Our student support methodology uncovers first hand feedback about student goals and challenges. Through strategic guidance, staff training and student coaching, we help institutions turn this feedback into actionable insights that drive better student outcomes. As a nonprofit member of the Strada Education Network, we offer partners access to a comprehensive range of student success solutions as well as the latest research and insights on student success. We’ve supported more than 2 million students since 2001 and currently serve over 4,000 programs. Visit us at www.insidetrack.org and follow us on Twitter @InsideTrack.