Make no mistake about it: Since Tom Snyder joined the College in 2007, things have changed dramatically. One need only look at the decision made earlier this year to merge two of our regions to know that his administration is a good steward of the taxpayer’s investment. With time, we hope that Marcus’ opinions on these matters evolve to a place consistent with where Snyder has taken Ivy Tech.
The truth is, the college should welcome such scrutiny because it is warranted given how critical Ivy Tech is to Indiana’s future, and it leads to the insights Marcus makes about the complexity of the community college mission.
There’s a clear difference, however, between those high expectations and what Marcus calls the “impossible expectations: to which we’ve been subjected. The former is to ensure that Ivy Tech continues in ways that benefit its students; the latter serve no one well.
What Ivy Tech should seek is understanding instead of finger-pointing and collaboration more than confrontation. Everyone should work together to put students first and give them a say in determining how their success should be measured. Let’s look at Marcus’ words as a starting point for a fair conversation about Ivy Tech — and what it can become.
Terry Anker is the owner of The Anker Consulting Group, Carmel.