Column: Will Ivy Tech become market-driven school?




Now that Ivy Tech Community College’s physical empire has been built, with a branch in almost every county, it’s time to determine what role that institution will play in providing education for Hoosiers.

Once upon a time, Ivy Tech was a vocational extension of high school and a second chance for those who required remediation of reading, writing and arithmetic skills. But that has changed. Today, Ivy Tech also offers more advanced technical training as well as a pathway to higher education.

There is, however, a trend across the nation (as reported in USA Today, June 5) for community colleges to become four-year, bachelor degree-granting institutions. Does this mean, over time, Ivy Tech’s many locations will augment their offerings to include sports and other studies comparable with those now available at Ball State, Indiana State and branches of Indiana and Purdue universities?

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