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January 14, 2014

Ivy Tech makes regional organizational changes

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Regional organizational changes include the combination of the East Central region, which includes the degree-granting locations of Anderson, Marion, Muncie and New Castle, with the Richmond region, which includes the Richmond and Connersville locations. They will be led by current East Central Chancellor Andrew Bowne.

The Columbus region, which includes the degree-granting locations of Columbus and Franklin, will now be combined with the Southeast region, which includes locations in Batesville, Lawrenceburg and Madison. They will be overseen by a single chancellor. An interim chancellor will be named soon.

In addition, the Greencastle location, formerly part of the Wabash Valley region, will now be managed as part of the Central Indiana region.

The college first combined regions in April 2013 when Chancellor Thomas Coley was named to oversee both his current North Central region in addition to the Northwest region.

“Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s primary open enrollment institution of higher education and the state’s largest college/university with over 100,000 students each term. The only way the state will reach its goal of increasing the number of adults with a degree or certification to 60 percent by 2025 is if Ivy Tech is successful,” trustee chairman Steve Schreckengast notes.

“We are focused on the success of our students and in keeping higher education affordable and accessible. At the same time we are faced with state funding challenges and must operate as efficiently as possible and eliminate any unnecessary duplication.”

Ivy Tech has communicated its funding challenges in the past, and they include that from 2006-12, the college’s funding per full-time equivalent student has decreased from $3,248 to $2,543. The current funding per student (regardless if part time or full time) is $1,210 as compared to a funding per student of more than $10,000 at other institutions. This has resulted in college officials having to defer nearly $80 million of investments in such things as additional equipment, academic advisors and full-time faculty. While at the same time the college has been able to keep an impressive AA bond rating, one of the few community colleges in the nation with such a rating.

The anticipated savings from these consolidations will permit Ivy Tech to achieve the recently announced $4 million budget reversion from the state and to the extent possible, add a limited number of additional advisors and full-time faculty. In total, because of resources it has had to defer, the college estimates it needs over 300 more advisors and 1,000 more professors converted to full time in order to reach the ratios it desires.

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