Ivy Tech Community College To Make Student Transcripts Available to 82,000 Students

College to discontinue a common practice of withholding transcripts of students who have an outstanding balance

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College announced today that the College will make available the transcripts of all students regardless of whether the student owes a balance to the College. Withholding transcripts has been a common way for most higher education institutions to incentivize students to pay debts. However, the practice makes it difficult for students to transfer and continue their education.

“Our primary goal at Ivy Tech Community College is to prepare individuals to achieve their goals and contribute to their families and their communities through high-wage careers,” said Sue Ellspermann, President of the College. “We are working to remove barriers in the way of achieving that goal, and this is a step we can take to move our students toward a better financial future.”

The new policy does not forgive debt, but it does provide a way forward for students to continue their academic pursuits, which in turn sets them up for greater financial prosperity. The policy positively impacts as many as 82,000 students statewide.

In recent years, the College has explored a number of innovative ways to increase the graduation rate of its students. The new transcript policy, along with the Ivy+ tuition and books program and other initiatives encourage students to complete their degrees faster and with fewer barriers.

Nearly all (98 percent) of the 410 respondents to a 2016 survey from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) indicated their higher education institutions hold transcripts as a debt collection tactic. Nationally, according to the study, Solving Stranded Credits: Assessing the Scope and Effects of Transcript Withholding on Students, States, and Institutions, approximately 6.6 million students have “stranded credits,” or academic credits they earned but cannot access due to unpaid balances. 

Additionally, according to a survey from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), public institutions that enroll higher percentages of Pell-eligible students are more likely to withhold transcripts for an outstanding balance. This suggests that students who are most in need are disproportionally affected by transcript hold policies.

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.

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Trans-Care Ambulance makes gift of $108,000 to Ivy Tech Community College

TERRE HAUTE – Trans-Care Ambulance has made a $108,000 gift to Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute to complete phase two of the College’s campus renovation. Trans-Care’s gift marks a significant milestone that will allow construction to begin on Ivy Tech Terre Haute’s new Paramedic Science and Respiratory Therapy labs.

“Trans-Care’s gift will have a lasting impact and help attract the future healthcare workforce,” said Dr. Lea Anne Crooks, Ivy Tech Terre Haute Chancellor. “The new Paramedic Science and Respiratory Therapy lab spaces will give students the experience of working in a state-of-the art healthcare facility.  The renovation will elevate students’ learning experience, offering them easier access to healthcare technology, including Ivy Tech’s ambulance simulation.

“Trans-Care’s milestone gift demonstrates their strong commitment to education, the future workforce, and to public health in Indiana,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech president. “EMT, Paramedic Science, and Respiratory Therapy students will benefit from Trans-Care’s generosity and foresight.  Hoosier communities will directly benefit from graduates who will fill critical roles in healthcare.”

Trans-Care’s gift comes at a time when the local healthcare workforce is in greater need than ever for healthcare professionals.

“Emergency Medical Services play a vital and unique role in the healthcare system, in that highly trained paramedics bring critical aspects of medical care directly to members of the community, in both emergency and non-emergency situations,” said Matthew Willham, Vigo County Clinical Director and Paramedic, Trans-Care Ambulance. “At this time, the healthcare industry overall faces shortages of trained paramedics and EMTs, which are essential to their community.”

To make education even more affordable, Trans-Care recently partnered with Ivy Tech through the Achieve Your Degree program to offer EMT employees the chance to earn their Paramedic Science Technical Certificate at minimal cost. Trans-Care has locations in Columbus, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Terre Haute, and Vincennes.

Ivy Tech offers a Basic Emergency Medical Studies Certificate, which can be completed in only one semester to become EMT certified. EMTs can complete the Ivy Tech Paramedic Science Technical Certificate in only four semesters to be eligible to take the National Registry Paramedic exam for paramedic licensure. Both certificates are tuition-free to those who meet Indiana’s Next Level Jobs program requirements.

Information about Ivy Tech’s Paramedic Science program can be found at ivytech.edu/paramedic-science. Those interested in a career at Trans-Care can apply at trans-care.com.

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.

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Ivy Tech Community College Celebrates Top Faculty Members at Annual President’s Awards Dinner

Ivy Tech Community College honored 35 faculty and adjunct faculty at the annual President’s Award dinner on Wednesday, November 10. 

The College honored each one of the winners for their exemplary work with students and the College community during the past year. A Selection Committee made up of alumni, past winners, State Trustees, faculty representatives, and college administration selected the honorees based on nominations from students, fellow faculty members, and Ivy Tech staff.

“Our faculty members make all the difference in the lives of our students,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “They challenge students to think critically, prepare students for successful careers in the communities in which they live, and encourage them to be fully engaged in their communities. We congratulate them for their work and honor them for being the inspiration in the lives of so many.”

Now in its 41st year, the President’s Awards Program recognizes faculty and adjunct faculty members from Ivy Tech locations throughout the state.

Along with being recognized with the President’s Award, each full-time faculty member is eligible for the Glenn W. Sample Award Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, while each Adjunct Faculty member is eligible for the Gerald I. Lamkin Award. Sample and Lamkin are two former Ivy Tech presidents. Sample helped to found the College when it was still the Indiana Vocational Technical College, while Lamkin oversaw the growth of the College from a vocational school to the state’s community college.

For more information on the President’s Awards program click here.

The winners of this year’s awards were:

Glenn W. Sample Award
James Hamilton – Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology (Indianapolis)

Gerald I. Lamkin Award
Catherine Swinney – Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Instructor PN and ASN Nursing Program (Columbus)

Faculty Honorees (by Ivy Tech location):

  • Anderson: Duane Wolfe – Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Assistant Department Chair for the School of Arts, Sciences and Education
  • Bloomington: Kyle M. Hetrick, Ph.D. – Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Biology and Anatomy & Physiology
  • Columbus: Michael S.C. Kelley – Assistant Program Chair/Assistant Professor Welding
  • Fort Wayne: Matthew (Matt) Fisher – Associate Professor, Economics
  • Indianapolis: James Hamilton – Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Kokomo: Jia Hardimon-EddingtonSurgical Technology Instructor
  • Lafayette: Elizabeth Hayden – Program Chair/Faculty Respiratory Therapy
  • Lake County: Teresa Hallmen – Program Chair Medical Assisting
  • Lawrenceburg: Amanda Purcell – Associate Professor of Education/Program Chair Early Childhood Education Elementary Education & Secondary Education
  • Madison: Ronald Novak – F4 Industrial Technology
  • Marion: Ceola Friday – Program Chair Early Childhood Education
  • Muncie: Octavia Thorns-Jackson – Department Chair, English, Communications, and World Languages
  • Richmond: Kristen Soots – Program Chair General Studies/Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Sellersburg: Kimberly Reynolds – Associate Professor of English/Ivy Achieves Champion
  • South Bend – Elkhart: Rosario Hiestand – Full-Time Professor Early Childhood Education
  • Terre Haute: Angela Hayes – Assistant Professor Human Services
  • Valparaiso: Mitzi Mary Simerlein, D.C. – Assistant Professor Liberal and Physical Sciences

Adjunct Faculty Honorees (by Ivy Tech location):

  • Anderson: Christine Quinn – Adjunct Faculty, Healthcare Specialist and CNA Director
  • Bloomington: Mary Jane Fleener, MSN,RN – Adjunct Faculty, Nursing
  • Columbus: Catherine Swinney – Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Instructor PN and ASN Nursing Program
  • Evansville: August “John” Paulson – Adjunct Faculty, Human Services
  • Fort Wayne: James (Jim) Graham – Adjunct Faculty, Automotive Technology
  • Indianapolis: Dianna Davis – Faculty/Mentor and Course Developer, IvyOnline
  • Kokomo: David LingleAutomotive Instructor
  • Lafayette: Brooke Criswell – Adjunct Lecturer
  • Lake County: Lee Richard Purcell – Adjunct Faculty, Communication/PT Academic Advisor
  • Lawrenceburg: C. Martin Justice – Adjunct Faculty, Human Services
  • Madison: Rae Jean Morris – Adjunct Instructor School of Nursing
  • Marion: Vicki Schumacher – Adjunct Faculty, Medical Assisting
  • Muncie: Felix Rippy – Adjunct Professor of Business and Technology
  • Richmond: Sunshine McCartt – Adjunct Faculty
  • Sellersburg: Veronica Munn – Associate Adjunct Instructor, English
  • South Bend – Elkhart: Fernando Ramirez III – Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Design
  • Terre Haute: Brandon Hall – Adjunct Faculty/Lab Assistant Agriculture
  • Valparaiso: Thomas Bancsi- Adjunct Faculty/Lead Occupational Therapist

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.