Saturday, January 2, 2016

State officials to probe Ivy Tech's low graduation rates - Associated Press, Elkhart Truth

State officials are reviewing Indiana’s statewide community college system because of low graduation rates. The Indianapolis Star reports the Commission for Higher Education will probe low performing programs at Ivy Tech Community College, which operates more than 30 campuses in Indiana. The commission could restructure low-performing programs, or even eliminate them. Ivy Tech was designated as Indiana’s statewide community college system a decade ago and saw rapid growth during the Great Recession. But in recent years the college system has seen an enrollment drop 25 percent. Meanwhile, the number of students completing their schooling has have hovered at 5 percent for full-time students who finish within two years. About 26 percent graduate within six years. That’s well below the national average of 58 percent for full-time community college students finishing in six years.

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