Butler University and Ivy Tech Community College announce statewide transfer agreement

Institutions partner to create seamless Elementary Education pathway to reduce teacher shortage

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College and Butler University have partnered to create their first transfer agreement, making a seamless process for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. This agreement also seeks to address Indiana’s teacher shortage by providing an affordable pathway.

Under the agreement, any Ivy Tech student that completes an Associate of Science in Elementary Education degree can directly transfer to Butler University’s Elementary Education program with junior standing.

“Ivy Tech is elated to announce this new partnership with Butler University, not only to create an affordable and seamless transfer experience, but to address the critical shortage of educators in our state,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech.

Eligibility will require a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average and course grades of “C” or better. Additionally, students must also complete Butler University’s transfer application. Upon meeting these requirements, students may apply a minimum of 57 credit hours from their Ivy Tech associate degree toward requirements for Butler University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

“Butler University is excited to open this door to a community and statewide partnership that not only will help address the teacher shortage, but will also increase access to Butler University and attainment of bachelor’s degrees in our state,” Dr. Brooke Kandel Cisco, Dean of Butler’s College of Education, said. “We look forward to this being the first of many agreements with Ivy Tech Community College.”

Ivy Tech students interested in this opportunity can work with their academic advisor to confirm their academic plan meets all the requirements.

To maximize savings, students can take advantage of scholarship and grant opportunities at both institutions.

The agreement, which became effective December 10, 2020, remains in effect for two years. After two years, the institutions will review the agreement for renewal.

For more information about Ivy Tech’s education program, visit IvyTech.edu/education. For information about Butler University, visit Butler.edu.

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 Butler University
Butler University is a nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Approximately 4,600 undergraduate and 800 graduate students are enrolled at Butler, representing 45 states and 30 countries. More than 75 percent of Butler students will participate in some form of internship, and Butler students have had significant success after graduation, as demonstrated by the University’s 98 percent placement rate within six months of graduation. The University was recently listed as the No. 1 regional university in the Midwest, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, in addition to being included in The Princeton Review’s annual “best colleges” guidebook.

University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College Announce Transfer Agreements for Chemistry, Psychology, Social Work and Business Degree Programs

INDIANAPOLIS — The University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College announced today a series of transfer agreements establishing a seamless transition for qualifying students between programs at Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Indianapolis. The transfer agreements include the following programs:

  • Ivy Tech Community College’s Associate of Science in Chemistry and the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program at the University of Indianapolis
  • Ivy Tech Community College’s Associate of Science in Psychology and the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree program at the University of Indianapolis
  • Ivy Tech Community College’s Associate of Science in Business and the University of Indianapolis School of Business, Bachelor of Arts or Science degree programs in: Accounting, Business Administration & Management, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems & Applied Business Analytics, Marketing, Sports Marketing, and Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Ivy Tech Community College’s Associate of Science in Human Services and the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Bachelor of Social Work degree program at the University of Indianapolis

The partnership will provide a basis for a cooperative relationship between the University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College to benefit students who desire to complete a bachelor’s degree in a variety of programs. This agreement will allow Ivy Tech students completing an associate degree program to move seamlessly to earning their bachelor’s degree at the University of Indianapolis by being admitted to the University with a junior standing, provided they meet other admissions criteria.

“The University of Indianapolis is excited to offer this opportunity and expand the number of students in our community who are able to attain bachelor’s degrees,” said Robert L. Manuel, president of the University of Indianapolis. “The partnership expands access to our high-quality degree programs to anyone who is ready and interested, and will assist individual students, regional economic development initiatives, and our society as a whole.”

Ivy Tech Community College provides students with a sound, comprehensive introduction to these fields and will prepare them for taking the next step to earning a bachelor’s degree.

“Ivy Tech is delighted to add these new seamless transfer opportunities with the University of Indianapolis,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President. “The opportunity to complete the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree at Ivy Tech and transfer all of that credit to University of Indianapolis will significantly reduce the total cost of degree completion and provide even more excellent transfer options for students who wish to complete their degree while staying within the Indianapolis metropolitan area.”

According to the agreements, Ivy Tech graduates from the aforementioned associate degree programs may transfer to the University of Indianapolis and apply a minimum of 60 credit hours from that completed degree to the requirements for a corresponding bachelor of science or art degree in the Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences, or the School of Business.

About the University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of nearly 5,600 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100+ undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from the University each year than any other state institution. With strong programs in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” Learn more: uindy.edu.

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.

Earlham College and Ivy Tech Community College approve first transfer agreements

Graduates of Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s largest institution of post-secondary education, can now transfer to Earlham College and earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as two years.

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The institutions finalized six articulation agreements in some of their most popular degree programs, eliminating barriers for Indiana’s community college students seeking a world-class education from a four-year institution. Earlham is among the first national liberal arts colleges to develop a strong partnership with a public community college.

“This is an important step forward in deepening our roots in our home state of Indiana. By working with Ivy Tech we’ve develop new pathways for their students to further their education close to home,” Earlham President Anne Houtman said. “With a national reputation for value, a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, and one of the nation’s top classroom experiences, Earlham is an ideal place for Ivy Tech students to expand their horizons.”

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The agreements allow Ivy Tech students who have earned an associate degree in biology, chemistry, computer science, business administration, psychology, or human services to transfer to Earlham as juniors knowing every credit they have taken will count toward their degree requirements. In two years, and with an ordinary course load, these students can graduate from Earlham with corresponding bachelor degrees in biologychemistrycomputer scienceglobal managementpsychology, or social services.

“We are extremely pleased to add several seamless transfer agreements with Earlham College to our growing number of transfer opportunities for Ivy Tech associate degree graduates,” said Stacy Atkinson, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Richmond. “These are the most extensive partnerships in history between our institutions. Earlham has an excellent academic reputation, and these agreements will provide an opportunity for our graduates to take advantage of that excellence while saving considerably.”

Ivy Tech students considering Earlham as part of the fall 2021 entering class are eligible for Earlham’s Heartland Region Scholarship, which is worth $8,000 over four years on top any other scholarships awarded by Earlham.  

Earlham also offers an advantage very rare in higher education that its Ivy Tech students will be eligible for: a funded internship, faculty-student research experience, or project before graduation.

“At Earlham, these students will have access to the very best of an Earlham education, including opportunities to participate in career-discerning experiences both on and off campus, clubs and activities, and cultural immersion experiences in other parts of the world,” Houtman notes. 

As part of the agreement, Ivy Tech honors students will automatically be offered enrollment into Earlham’s honors program. Honors students at Earlham benefit from enhanced advising, participate in honors seminars that allow them to engage with global issues and situations that interest them, and complete a capstone project.

“We help students discover who they want to be and how their unique interests and expertise can change the world,” said Nate Eastman, associate professor of English and the convener of the honors program. 

“Honors students look at refugee crises, or access to health care in Wayne County, and ask ‘How can we use our interests and talents to make this better?’ he said. “We also connect honors students with alumni, and with an honors adviser who helps prepare students to pursue fellowships, prizes, and awards that will support them through whatever they want to do after graduation—whether it’s starting a software company, earning a Ph.D., or building a school.”

Creating transfer agreements between both institutions is one of the primary goals of Earlham’s “Grow Where You’re Planted: Deepening Our Roots,” a three-year initiative supported by Lilly Endowment Inc. Additional priorities funded by the initiative include a redesign of the College’s academic advising; expanded use of technology to support the student experience, including four-year planning  and course registration; and the development of a new “commuter lounge,” a space in Lilly Library that will serve as an on-campus study space and home-away-from-home for non-residential students.

“Our partnership with Ivy Tech is a vital aspect of our work to create greater accessibility for students seeking the rigor and transformative learning opportunities that a liberal arts education provides,” said James Logan, professor and interim academic dean. “Ivy Tech graduates will bring a richly diverse and inclusive set of ideas and perspectives to campus that will make Earlham a better place to live, learn and grow.”

About Earlham College
Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, is one of the nation’s 40 Colleges That Changes Lives. We are a collaborative learning community that inspires and motivates students with transformative opportunities and experiences so they can become catalysts for good in a changing world.

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.