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.

Indiana Tech and Ivy Tech partner on guaranteed admission program

New agreement simplifies transfer process for Ivy Tech graduates

Indiana Tech and Ivy Tech Community College have partnered on a new guaranteed admission program that makes it easier for Ivy Tech graduates to transfer to Indiana Tech. The new agreement enables Ivy Tech grads to transfer to Indiana Tech’s main campus in Fort Wayne, as well as its College of Professional Studies, which offers programs online and at its 18 regional locations throughout Indiana, Kentucky and the Chicago area.

The new agreement guarantees admission and a transfer of all 60 credits earned by Ivy Tech associate degree graduates into the equivalent bachelor’s degree programs at Indiana Tech. Guaranteed admission to Indiana Tech is provided to graduates of 10 Ivy Tech programs, while graduates of other Ivy Tech programs may continue to apply and be admitted to Indiana Tech on an individual basis.

Steve Herendeen, Indiana Tech vice president for enrollment management, commented, “Serving students and preparing them for career success have long been the top priorities for both Indiana Tech and Ivy Tech. Our two schools have partnered effectively for many years to help students of all ages earn associate and bachelor’s degrees that equip them with the knowledge, skills and credentials that prepare them for careers of every description. This agreement takes our shared commitment to students to an even higher level – those who earn Ivy Tech degrees are guaranteed to have all of their credits transfer to Indiana Tech and easily move towards completion of their bachelor’s degrees.”

“We are excited to work with Indiana Tech and connect Ivy Tech Community College students to additional pathways toward a bachelor’s degree. This agreement will strengthen our ties with Indiana Tech and give students throughout Indiana more options to achieve their career goals,” noted Kim Barnett-Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne.

The Ivy Tech programs and the Indiana Tech counterparts included under the partnership:

Ivy Tech Associate DegreeToIndiana Tech Bachelor’s Degree
Accounting, A.S. Accounting, B.S.
Business Administration, A.A.S. Business Administration – Management, B.S.
Business Administration, A.S. Business Administration – Business Communications, B.S.
Business Administration, A.S. Business Administration – Construction Management, B.S.
Business Administration, A.S. Business Administration – Entrepreneurial Studies, B.S.
Business Administration, A.S. Business Administration – Financial Services, B.S.
Business Administration, A.S. Business Administration – Human Resources, B.S.
Business Administration, A.S. Business Administration – InsurTech. B.S.
Business Administration, A.S. Business Administration – Management Information Systems, B.S.
Business Administration, A.S. Marketing, B.S.
Criminal Justice, A.S. Criminal Justice, B.S.
Criminal Justice, A.S. Criminal Justice – Administration, B.S.
Criminal Justice, A.S. Criminal Justice – Crime Analysis, B.S.
Criminal Justice, A.S. Criminal Justice – Rehabilitative Services, B.S.
Cybersecurity/Info Assurance, A.S. Cybersecurity, B.S.
Early Childhood Education, A.S. Child Development, B.S.
Health Care Administration, A.S. Health Care Administration, B.S.
Health Information Technology, A.S. Health Information Management, B.S.
Human Services, A.S. Human Services, B.S.
Psychology, A.S. Psychology, B.S.

To be eligible for the guaranteed admission program, Ivy Tech students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in one of the specified A.S. or A.A.S. degrees at Ivy Tech.

For more information about the new partnership and admissions at Indiana Tech, please visit indianatech.edu.  

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About Ivy Tech:  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 Indiana Tech:  Established in 1930 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as an engineering college, today’s Indiana Tech is a comprehensive university that educates students beyond its home base with regional campuses in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky, and online programs that serve students worldwide. This private, not-for-profit university specializes in career-oriented degree programs in business, engineering, computer science, criminal justice, health care administration, information technology, and more. We prepare students for active participation, career advancement, and leadership in the global 21st century society, and motivate them toward lives of significance and worth.

Martin University and Ivy Tech Announce Partnership

Partnership Will Further Education of Minority Students and Assist Employers

INDIANAPOLIS –  In an effort to encourage and help students succeed in their educational goals and assist employers in hiring a more diverse and inclusive workforce, Martin University and Ivy Tech Community Colleges today announced a partnership.  It will combine aspects of the university’s Martin WORKS with Ivy Tech’s focus on minority student success into high wage in-demand careers.

Martin, the state’s only Predominately Black Institution (PBI) that offers 4-year undergraduate and master’s degrees, developed Martin WORKS to provide students with paid internships and other career development experiences while earning their degrees.  Ivy Tech, well-known for its workforce development training, associate degrees and short-term certificate programs, can offer students the opportunity to continue their education and earn a college degree.  

The partnership will allow stakeholders to make positive progress in overcoming racial gaps in education and career paths toward goals of both the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Indiana Commission of Higher Education.

“We believe that Martin University is the best choice in Indiana to help position students of color for success in both their education and career paths,” said Sean Huddleston, President of Martin.  “We are grateful to be able to capitalize on Ivy Tech’s long-standing and well-respected workforce development program to make inroads for and benefit both students.”

“This partnership gives Ivy Tech a unique opportunity to better attract and support students of color for success not only at Ivy Tech, but for success in completing their bachelors degree from an exceptional university and launching them into high wage, high demand careers,” said Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech.  “Dr. Huddleston and I believe that, together and alongside employer and community partners, we can make a larger impact on racial equality and inclusion in Indianapolis and our state.”

According to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, “Together Martin University and Ivy Tech will capitalize on each other’s strengths to improve the education and top-level employment of minority students.  This collaboration will not only help our state reach its goals for a more diverse and technology-based workforce, it will also aid employers as they strive to be more inclusive.” 

Information Technology (IT) will be a specific focus of the partnership to increase diversity in this sector.  Martin will create a new Cyber Entrepreneurship program designed to expand access to the IT field for minority groups and people of color.  This will be melded with Ivy Tech’s NSA-certified Cybersecurity associate degree resulting in highly skilled and innovative professionals of color to fill thousands of high wage careers in Indiana’s tech sector.  Ivy Tech students, upon completion of the Cybersecurity degree, are guaranteed to be admitted into the Martin Cyber Entrepreneurship program.

Martin’s new Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion, created to assist organization leaders in their efforts to strengthen diversity equity and inclusion, will provide Ivy Tech with access to expertise and training to better educate faculty, staff and students for success in their focused areas.  This will be accomplished through workshops, lectures, seminars, programs, initiatives, and consulting engagements.

The partnership will also focus on increasing the pipeline of teachers of color by offering guaranteed admissions into Martin’s School of Education and scholarship opportunities to Ivy Tech students completing associate degrees in elementary and secondary education.

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.

Martin University’s  mission is to provide excellence in educating and developing traditional and non-traditional students in an inclusive, supportive, and healthy collegiate environment.