While most community college students spend years pursuing a credential — and often fail to complete one — accelerated students at Indiana’s Ivy Tech complete a two-year degree in 11 months. The program is designed for first-generation students from low-income families.
Indiana’s rapidly growing statewide community college system, may close up to 20 of its 76 campuses to deal with a $68 million funding gap. Ivy Tech is considered “a national model for statewide efficiency,” but receives only $2,543 per student in state funding.
States must set ambitious college-completion goals to help make the U.S. first in the world in college graduates by 2020, said Vice President Joe Biden at the Building a Grad Nation summit in Washington. Biden announced a 23-page “College Completion Tool Kit” with recommended strategies.
Also on Community College Spotlight: Job training is the focus of today’s regional community college summit at Indiana’s Ivy Tech, a leader in college-industry partnerships.