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Enrollment booming at Ivy Tech
Bloomington campus sees 20% growth over same period last year

By James Boyd 331-4307 |
June 18, 2008

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington’s enrollment figures are up more than 20 percent this summer from the same time last year, more than double the average of other Ivy Tech campuses across the state.

Figures released Tuesday from the Bloomington campus show their summer enrollment at 2,633 students for eight and 10 week terms.

That’s 20.6 percent above where they were last year.

Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart said several factors may contribute to the rapid growth in summer enrollment.

“The first is that several years ago, we redesigned our summer program so that we’d be able to attract recent high school graduates, just coming out of (high school) in May and June,” he said Tuesday. “We can use that to jump-start their first college semester.”

Whikehart also cited an aggressive and targeted marketing campaign designed to promote the college to local students who may be attending four-year colleges or universities elsewhere.

“If you live here in Bloomington, and you’re here for the summer, we offer some courses you may be able to transfer back,” he said. Completing summer courses essentially gives them the opportunity to complete an additional semester while back home.

Partnering with other schools allows students to knock out credits here and then transfer them to their primary institution.

Whikehart said statistics back that up, too.

Full-time equivalent enrollment climbed 11.2 percent over last summer, meaning more students are taking more credit hours during the summer months.

Increased enrollment comes as no surprise to the Bloomington campus, which topped 5,000 students for the first time last fall.

Whikehart said the campus will have leased space on Liberty Drive that will contain an additional 21 classrooms.

“We have almost as much leased space as we have space in our current building,” he said of the college’s main building off of Ind. 48.

Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder, in a statement released by the college, said the Ivy Tech system is prepared for even more students.

“(We’ve) achieved phenomenal growth in recent years and we are poised for even more growth in the future, as more and more Hoosiers are seeing the value in the state’s community college,” Snyder said. “As the largest single-accreditation community college in the U.S., Ivy Tech is earning a national reputation that will serve us well as we strive to become a leader in making education delivery even more responsive to the needs of those we serve.”

Statewide, Ivy Tech’s summer enrollment figures were up 8.4 percent compared to the summer of 2007.

That translates to an additional 2,531 students in the Ivy Tech system, which includes 23 campuses across Indiana.