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January 3, 2014

Ivy Tech restructures academic divisionto align programs

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The Technology and Applied Sciences Division includes programs designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment or, in a select few programs, may prepare for transfer or employment. Technical certificate programs are the default enrollment option for the division, and most programs embed multiple nationally-recognized certifications to prepare graduates to take exams upon completion.

For students who are undecided on their potential area of study or career track, Ivy Tech will implement meta-majors programming where students select a broad category, such as STEM, liberal arts, health sciences or education to name a few, in which to initially major. No student is identified as being undecided or unclassified via the new meta-majors process. Students in meta-majors are able to complete pre-requisite and introductory courses and are able to narrow their studies to a more specific major in future semesters.

“Ultimately, meta-majors programming allows students to explore, while ensuring that the courses they take will count toward the credits needed for graduation,” Ostrye revealed. “The meta-majors process will be part of the students standard advising and curriculum process, which will ensure meta-majors are closely aligned with the primary employment sectors within the local community.”

The new division structure will take effect in the Fall 2014 term.

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