Ivy Tech Community College Wins Awards for Knowledge Assessment

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College won the 2021 NROC Ambassador Award and the inaugural Council on Accreditation of Two-Year Colleges Innovation Award for the Knowledge Assessment Initiative implemented in 2020. Knowledge Assessment (KA) is part of Ivy Tech’s multiple measures, holistic approach to determining a student’s college readiness.

In spring 2020, in response to the COVID pandemic, Ivy Tech moved rapidly to scale implementation of the NROC Project’s EdReady knowledge assessment across its more than 40 locations. Students are offered the option to take the assessment in a non-proctored, self-paced environment with multiple attempts available. By establishing a more holistic process, it allows non-cognitive factors, such as motivation, to play a part in the placement process.

In addition, campus teams guide students to provide the support that they need to complete the process and enroll in their program of choice. Early results demonstrate the alternative to high-stakes placement exams is strengthening student achievement and efficacy continues to be tracked across demographic groups to better understand and refine the effort.

“Our team is very honored to be recognized for its work to increase student access and success,” said Ivy Tech Assistant Vice President of Academic Transitions and Support Gwenn Eldridge. “We are committed to ensuring that students have positive experience as they begin their college career. Our multiple measures initiative is an important part of that effort.

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 Hosting Express Enrollment

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College will host Express Enrollment starting Monday, July 26 to Friday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. During the event, prospective students will complete their enrollment steps virtually and sign up for classes that start August 18, 2021.

Interested participants must RSVP. During the appointment, participants will receive assistance with assessment, meeting with an advisor, and registering for classes.

There’s never been a better time to get started at Ivy Tech! With the new Ivy+ approach, the cost of tuition has been frozen and all required textbooks will be FREE for the 2021-2022 academic school year.

Ivy Tech offers the most career-focused programs in the state and graduates earn 12 percent more than the state average just one year after graduation. Partnering with employers and colleges, Ivy Tech serves prospective students whether they are working toward a certificate to join the workforce quickly, credits that easily transfer to four-year universities, or an associate degree that guarantees their admission to schools throughout Indiana.

Hundreds of classes start August 18 and are available in multiple formats, including in-person and online.

For more information or to RSVP, visit www.ivytech.edu/eeday.

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 Wins Excellence in Institutional Efficiency Award

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College won the national Excellence in Institutional Efficiency Summit Award at the 2021 Salesforce Education Summit for its system-wide implementation of Tableau, Mulesoft, Marketing Cloud and EDA in just two years. The award is given to a college or university that is using Salesforce to increase operational efficiency in one or more areas of campus. Ivy Tech was selected over two other finalists, Florida State University and the University of Kentucky and was the only community college nominated for the award.

The Summit highlights global customer stories, community-driven innovation, and inspirational use cases that are driving learner and institution success in a whole new way. 

“As the only community college nominated, it is truly an honor to win one of the very top Higher Education awards from Salesforce,” said Ivy Tech Chief Information Officer Matt Etchinson. “The team built and implemented, during a pandemic, one of the most advanced CRM systems ever deployed in all of HigherEd. They worked so hard to solve complex and challenging technical problems and truly be at the forefront of innovation in HigherEd. I am so proud of Ivy Tech and everyone involved and am truly grateful for Salesforce for the incredible partnership with Ivy Tech.”

The Ivy Tech college-wide implementation of the systems used by student support teams reduced from 11 to a single screen, and thousands of applications that were once manually processed are now automated with Salesforce Education Cloud. Ivy Tech also consolidated and streamlined the application process, moving 14 different external-facing URLs into a single landing page, increasing the ease of use for students and enabling the college to track and manage data much more efficiently.

The College also vastly improved its once paper driven Health Sciences and Nursing program application. Students can now fill out an online application and if not admitted to their first-choice program, are prompted to enroll in the next best-fit program.

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.