Ball State clears path for transfer students

MUNCIE, Indiana — Ivy Tech Community College graduates will have a smooth transition to Ball State University as a result of a new agreement between the two institutions.

The new Guaranteed Admissions Agreement (GAA) allows Ivy Tech students who earn an associate of science degree in Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAP) programs to be guaranteed admission into designated bachelor degree programs at Ball State.

“This new agreement provides a seamless way for students from Ivy Tech Community College to find their new home at Ball State,” said Susana Rivera-Mills, Ball State’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “Without question, Ivy Tech students are highly motivated for success. And our University is well positioned to assist these new Cardinals as they become acclimated to our campus.”

Students who enrolled at Ivy Tech on or after June 1 will be eligible for the guaranteed admission option. Students who complete an associate degree at Ivy Tech and then apply for admission into Ball State in a program not covered by GAA may be admitted on an individual basis.

“We have always valued our relationship and collaboration with Ball State. We have a long history developing initiatives that have not only benefited our institutions but have made an impact on our communities and students. Ivy Tech is proud that many of our students complete their degree at Ivy Tech and transfer to Ball State seamlessly. This guaranteed admissions agreement is the latest example of doing the right thing for the right reason,” said Ivy Tech Muncie Chancellor Jeffrey D. Scott.

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 strategically plan courses at their current school that will integrate with the curriculum at Ball State.

Christopher Sherck, Transfer Center director and the center’s team, are expanding the University’s partnerships with community colleges like Ivy Tech and Vincennes University by visiting students in their 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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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 and a member of the North Central Association.

About Ball State
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 22,500 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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Ivy Tech Community College President Invited to the White House

Dr. Sue Ellspermann invited for National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann has been invited to the White House for the National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools. Dr. Ellspermann is representing community colleges in a discussion with President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael R. Pence and other higher education leaders regarding the reopening of schools this upcoming term.

This fall semester, beginning August 24, Ivy Tech will invite students back onto campuses throughout Indiana for face-to-face courses while continuing to offer virtual, hybrid, and online opportunities. The College has built out a robust schedule of classes that will allow students maximum flexibility including both 8- and 16-week terms.

Ivy Tech is taking all of the necessary steps to ensure a deep cleaning of all buildings takes place prior to the start of classes and ongoing. Students will be provided with a high-quality, washable mask to keep, as wearing a mask is required in public spaces at the campuses. Preventive protocols to reduce risk of transmission will also be implemented across campuses. Further details will be shared with students, faculty, and staff leading up to campuses reopening in August.

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 and a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Names Three Leadership Positions

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer – Kristen Schunk Moreland

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer – Matthew Etchison

Vice President for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness – Jonathan Barefoot

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has announced three leadership positions.

Kristen Schunk Moreland will serve as senior vice president and chief strategy officer. She previously served as vice president for Change Management and Strategic Initiatives. In her new role, she will continue to lead the Strategy and Change Management team, as well as the vice presidents of Strategic Operations who work with the campuses.

Moreland has been at Ivy Tech since 2011, serving in various roles including the associate vice president for Process Improvement and College-Wide Initiatives. From August 2015 to December 2016, she also served as the lead for workforce alignment operations while the College implemented the Workforce Alignment department and strategy. She holds a Master’s degree in public administration from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Bachelor’s degree in public affairs from IU Bloomington. In 2016, she became Ivy Tech’s first certified Simplex facilitator, is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and Simplex trainer.

Matthew Etchison has been named senior vice president and chief information officer. He will continue to serve as the senior information technology administrator for Ivy Tech, providing visionary and operational leadership for strategic planning, implementation and improvement of technologies, solutions and related support services that closely align with the College. Etchison holds a Master’s Degree in engineering management from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

In Etchison’s 18 months as chief information officer, he and the Office of Information Technology team have instituted an Agile project management approach which has improved the speed of delivery of all IT solutions for the college by 63 percent, launched the national award-winning student app, IvyMobile, and have begun an end-to-end, statewide Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) project on the Salesforce platform. Etchison and team have a long-term plan to make Ivy Tech the most agile, innovative, and tech-enabled community college in the country.

Jonathan Barefoot has been named as vice president for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Barefoot has been instrumental in leading the College during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also leads a team that continuously focuses on business continuity planning and statewide drills. In fall 2019, he led the College’s first full-scale public safety exercise at the Valparaiso campus.

Barefoot has served in higher education public safety for nearly 15 years as a police officer and emergency manager. He has been with been with the College since 2017. He holds a Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Western Kentucky University and a Bachelor’s degree in homeland security from Eastern Kentucky University.

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 and a member of the North Central Association.