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Ivy Tech tops associate's degree list­—again

November 26, 2016
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Ivy Tech Community College awarded 5 percent more associate degrees in the 2014-15 school year than the year before. That’s more than any other two-year school. (IBJ file photo)

Ivy Tech Community College awarded more associate’s degrees in the 2014-2015 academic year than any other two-year school nationwide for the fourth year in a row, according to Community College Week.

Ivy Tech awarded 9,954 associate’s degrees—a 5 percent increase over the previous year and nearly twice as many as Houston Community College, the second-highest school on the list. With four-year schools added, Ivy Tech had the third-highest number of associate’s degrees awarded, behind University of Phoenix-Arizona and Miami Dade College.

“Ivy Tech Community College is thrilled to see so many students earning their associate degree,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said in a statement. “Lumina Foundation has set a goal to have 60 percent of our workforce holding a degree or certificate by the year 2025. With Ivy Tech’s facilities, program offerings, and faculty and staff, we are well equipped to help meet that goal.”

The report from Community College Week also showed Ivy Tech as the top two-year institution awarding two-year certificates, with 7,283 produced in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Despite its large number of graduates with associate’s degrees, the Indiana General Assembly has been pushing Ivy Tech to ensure that more of the students who start degrees at the school actually finish them.•

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