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February 20, 2014

Study spotlights Indiana college completion rates

One in 10 students pursuing two-year degrees finishes on time.

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Some initiatives include a restructuring of the academic division. There will be four divisions in the new structure, including the University and Transfer Division, Health Division, Business and Public Services Division, and Technology and Applied Sciences Division, a press release said.

The program will better align programs with student’s career path, the release said. Students with undecided majors will be able to have meta-majors programming, where students can select a broad category to explore interests.

Another initiative includes a Math Pathways Project — which allows the mathematic curriculum to support different needs. Primary objectives for the Math Pathways Project are to help students who aren’t ready for college-level math and provide math curriculum relevant to needs in the workforce, according to a press release.

The reasoning for the data collected in the report is that Ivy Tech has “the most complex student body in all of higher education,” Fanter said.

At Ivy Tech, 3.8 percent of students complete on time and 15.7 percent of students complete late for a total campus completion rate of 19.5 percent. That number is increased by the number of students who transfer and complete a degree — 8.2 percent — for a total student completion rate of 27.7 percent.

The definition of on time for Ivy Tech students might be different than other definitions of on time, Fanter said.

“A large number of our students work, many have families and nearly 70 percent are Pell students along with just under 70 percent needing college prep courses,” Fanter said. “Factor all of this and you see the results that you see not to mention that our student advisor ratio is 1 to 1,200.”

3 in 10 students at four-year schools graduate on time 1 in 10 students finish a two-year degree on time $31,369 -- Average spent per degree produced at two-year colleges $62,208 -- Average spent per degree produced at four-year colleges Out of 100 full-time students at Indiana University Kokomo: • 15 complete college within four years • 34 complete within six years • 43 complete within eight years Out of 100 students at Ivy Tech: • Five students complete within two years • 20 complete within four years • 28 complete within six years

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