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Ivy Tech moves Franklin campus to central region

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Ivy Tech Community College says it's shifting administration of its Franklin campus into its central Indiana region as part of a system-wide reconfiguration.

The shift follows several Ivy Tech cost-cutting consolidations, including those of the Columbus and southeast regions and of the Bloomington and Evansville regions. The 175,000-student statewide system is trying to close a $68 million budget deficit.

Franklin is in Johnson County, which previously was divided between two Ivy Tech regions.

Franklin executive director Tina Gross said nearly 60 percent of the 1,200 students who study at the campus about 20 miles south of Indianapolis live in counties within Ivy Tech's central Indiana region.

Officials say the realignment is aimed at making Ivy Tech operations more efficient and increasing student retention.

The Franklin campus' enrollment has nearly tripled since 2008, from fewer than 500 students to more than 1,200.

“Administratively, this regional change makes perfect sense,” Gross told the Daily Journal of Franklin. “We’ll soon begin working to align our academic programing with our Indianapolis campus so that we can better serve students living in the broader Indianapolis area.”

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