NewsEducationPost 12 / February 18, 2014

Ivy Tech Degree Completion Up, But A Way to Go

Sam Klemet

The percentage of Ivy Tech students completing their degree is on the rise.

But, The state community college knows there is room to grow.

Ivy Tech’s six-year graduation rate is 48.5 percent, up more than 6 percent from the previous year.

"We've started Achieving the Dream.  We started mandatory counseling.  We started mandatory orientation," said President Tom Snyder.  "We've started pushing (students) into pathways earlier.  So, we think those are big steps that we have done."

It takes an average Ivy Tech student about five years to finish a degree.

Snyder admits there is room to improve the completion rate, but says it’s challenging because many students come to Ivy Tech ill prepared.

"Considering that 60 percent of our students are coming in to remediation, which means they are not ready yet to do college level work," said Snyder, "I think that is comparable to some of the four year regional campuses."

Snyder hopes the community college six-year completion rate grows between 5 and 10 percent per year.