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.

Ivy Tech Community College Names Lewis Eakins as Vice President for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named Lewis Eakins, PhD, as vice president for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (PSEP), effective July 1, 2021. Eakins currently serves as the chief security officer and director of Public Safety at Idaho State University with campuses located in Boise, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, and the main campus in Pocatello.

Eakins has more than 35 years of law enforcement, security consulting, and emergency management experience. He was formerly the Chief of Police at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala.; and a captain with the METRO Transit Police in Houston, Texas.

“I am excited for this opportunity to serve the students, faculty, and staff at Ivy Tech Community College,” said Eakins. “I look forward to building strong partnerships across the campuses to foster a collaborative approach to public safety and emergency preparedness.”

Eakins has undergraduate degrees in Police Science and Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Security Management, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security Policy and Coordination. He is a 2015 graduate of FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy (Cohort III).

“Safety is top priority at Ivy Tech, for our students, faculty, and staff,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President. “Dr. Eakins brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from higher education and via formal training. We look forward to him working with our incredible teams across the state to ensure Hoosiers have a safe environment, as well as a welcoming experience at Ivy Tech.”

Eakins is currently a board member with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) for the Mountain Pacific Region. Since 2017, he has conducted training on the topics of emergency operations planning and threat assessments for the U.S. Department of Education through the REMS TA Center; and he has trained in the areas of gender-based bias and trauma informed investigations for the U.S. Department of Justice through its Technical Training Institute.

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 Providing New Tuition Model and Free Textbooks for Students in 2021-2022 Academic Year

Tuition held flat for the next two years

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees recently approved a new tuition model for the Community College. The new approach, Ivy+, is focused on making college more affordable, ensuring students have equitable access, transparency of cost, on-time completion, and a seamless experience. 

Ivy Tech becomes one of the first schools in Indiana and first community colleges in the country to adopt this new tuition model. Ivy+ transforms the tuition structure by including the cost of textbooks as a regularly assessed fee. Ivy+ will also charge the same tuition rate for full-time students enrolled in 12 or more credits. If a student takes 12 credits, 15, or even 24 credits in a given term, the cost of tuition will be the same for the student. Part-time students will see their tuition frozen for the next two years and will continue to pay per credit hour.

As part of the Ivy+ rollout, Ivy Tech will cover the cost of textbooks for students in the 2021-2022 academic year through the federal government’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

“Research shows that 65 percent of college students forego buying a textbook with the biggest reason that they cannot afford them. Often financial aid and scholarships do not cover course materials. Our goal is to ensure every student has their textbooks the first day of class,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech President. “Ivy+ makes us the only state institution that is not only freezing the cost of tuition, but significantly reducing the cost of attendance at a time when we need many more Hoosiers to earn a quality college credential to launch a high-wage career.”

For more information, visit IvyTech.edu/Tuition.

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.