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Ivy Tech - Bloomington Assistant Professor of Economics Publishes article on Big Finance

January 8, 2009

Bloomington, Ind.Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington assistant professor Rob Larson addresses economic concerns in his article, “Why Big Finance Is Laughing All the Way to the Bank,” published on AlterNet, an award-winning news magazine and online community. Rob is an assistant professor of economics in Ivy Tech – Bloomington’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Rob Larson has been an economics instructor at Ivy Tech – Bloomington for three years. Economics is a popular choice among students in Ivy Tech’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition to Rob’s published article on AlterNet, Rob regularly contributes to his own blog on economics, The Profit Margin, where this article and others can be found at: http://theprofitmargin.blogspot.com.

Rob’s contribution to his field is typical of many Ivy Tech professors driven to advance Ivy Tech’s academic programs. As a comprehensive community college, Ivy Tech – Bloomington encourages faculty participation in academic endeavors to enrich their classroom activities and discussions. Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart stated, “We are very pleased with the recognition Professor Larson has received as he joins a growing list of Ivy Tech-Bloomington faculty whose scholarly work is receiving national attention and publication.”  Ivy Tech - Bloomington began offering liberal arts courses in 2005 to further meet this part of its mission. Today, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences exposes students to a traditional course of study in liberal arts, including art, English, literature, psychology, philosophy, music, sociology, history, social sciences, and laboratory sciences. While many students use their degrees to transfer to four-year institutions, others are able to jump right into their careers after graduation from Ivy Tech.

The articulation agreement between Indiana University-Bloomington and Ivy Tech allows students in an Associate of Science Degree in General Studies to transfer into Indiana University’s Bachelor’s Degree of General Studies.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and one of the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college systems with more than 120,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.