Ivy Tech Community College’s construction plans have been put on hold and it will face a state review of its programs over concerns about low graduation rates and declining enrollment.
The Associated Press reported that Ivy Tech was the only one of Indiana’s public colleges that didn’t receive money for any major building projects in the new two-year state budget that takes effect July 1. Legislators also included a provision in the budget bill that requires the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to review Ivy Tech programs with low graduation rates and allows the commission to order restructuring or elimination of those programs.
The steps come after a 25% drop in Ivy Tech’s enrollment over the past three years and a state report showing that fewer than 30% of its students complete a certificate or associate’s degree program within six years.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said he has many questions about Ivy Tech’s effectiveness a decade after it took over running the state’s community college program.
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