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IU to phase out many associate's programs

Ivy Tech to become state's main provider of two-year degrees
By James Boyd
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May 9, 2008

A new partnership between Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College will make Ivy Tech the primary provider of two-year diplomas in the state, eliminating the duplication of some associate’s degrees.

The agreement, announced Thursday, means Ivy Tech students will find it easier to apply associate’s degrees toward a baccalaureate degree from IU.

IU will begin phasing out many of its associate’s programs over the next five years, but will retain a certain number that are unique to the university. The process is expected to reduce the overlap in offerings between the two schools.

Medicine-related A.S. degrees in fields such as dental lab technology, radiography, optometric technology and dental hygiene will continue to be offered at select IU campuses, as will specialized arts-related programs like audio technology, string instrument technology and recording arts.

In statements released by their respective schools, IU President Michael McRobbie and Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder both said the agreement will increase access to higher education for Hoosiers.

“IU is fully committed to a partnership with Ivy Tech that will provide a complete range of educational opportunities for Indiana citizens,” McRobbie said. “Our goal is to establish a seamless system that gives all Hoosiers access to the high-quality degree programs they need to prepare themselves for the workforce and the changing world.”

For its part, IU will drop several associate’s programs, most on regional campuses. IU associate’s degrees in computer science, criminal justice, and business all will eventually be phased out. In exchange, IU will award associate of arts in liberal arts degrees to those who complete over 60 hours of coursework toward a baccalaureate degree but leave school for personal reasons.

Earlier this year, IU’s University Faculty Council approved limiting the number of transfer hours from an associate’s college to no more than 64 hours that can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.

The two schools have continued to foster academic partnerships, with the goal of making higher education more accessible.

The IU-East and Ivy Tech-Richmond campuses forged an agreement in March to do just that.

“We continue to be pleased by the commitment IU has shown in working with Ivy Tech Community College to create a comprehensive higher education system for Hoosiers around the state,” Snyder said. “We must continue to work together with our four-year partners to ensure that we are offering the best possible education system and options to the people of Indiana. This is yet another step in achieving that goal.”