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Ivy Tech’s New Five-Year Plan: 50K Diplomas And Certifications Each Year

Posted On January 08, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

Ivy Tech Community College Lawrenceburg Riverfront Campus. File photo

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Ivy Tech Community College is launching a five-year plan to award 50,000 high quality certifications, certificates, and degrees each year.

Ivy Tech President Sue Ellsperman said Monday the college’s new strategic plan aligns with Indiana’s goal to have 60 percent of its workforce with a degree or credential by 2025.

“Indiana is home to some of the world’s largest, most innovative corporations—not to mention countless ambitious smaller companies and start-ups,” said Ellspermann. “And all of them share a common need: well-trained, skilled workers.”

Ivy Tech officials took 18 months to develop the community college’s plan titled “Our Communities. Your College. Pathways for Student Success and a Stronger Indiana.” Restructuring of the college’s regions and administration have been part of the process.

Ellsperman said Ivy Tech’s strategic plan development included collaboration with Commission for Higher Education, Department of Workforce Development, the Indiana Chamber and industry groups, Strada Education Network, Lilly Endowment, Lumina, and others.

The plan is comprised of seven goals, each with detailed strategies and metrics for measuring their success. According to Ivy Tech, they are:

Goal 1 – Student Success: Ensure every student persists towards their educational objective.

Goal 2 – Recruitment and Enrollment: Recruit and enroll Hoosiers from every demographic into high-demand/high-wage career pathways.

Goal 3 – Completion: Students earn 50,000 high quality certificates, certifications, and degrees annually.

Goal 4 – Workforce: Students are placed into and succeed in high-demand, high-wage jobs.

Goal 5 – Employee: Become known as a great place to work.

Goal 6 – Financial: Ensure the institution has sufficient financial resources to achieve our mission.

Goal 7 – Community: Effectively engage with and serve our unique communities.

“We are committed to putting more ‘community’ in community college,” Ellspermann said. “To quote one of our own employees, ‘community’ is our middle name, and I look forward to seeing Ivy Tech become the workforce development and higher education engine our communities need to ensure long-term Hoosier prosperity.”