Chief Operating Officer Jeff Terp said Ivy Tech plans to ramp up several successful experimental programs it has had under way in recent years.
Two recently launched programs have already achieved a graduation rate of more than 70 percent.
The ASAP program allows recent high school graduates to earn a two-year degree in just one year by attending school seven hours a day, all with the same teachers and in the same hallway of Ivy Tech’s buildings.
Ivy Tech also has mixed introductory classes with remediation work so traditional students who enter college behind can catch up while still earning credit toward a degree.
Ivy Tech has reorganized itself into four major units so that students pick one of those schools to enter. That means most courses count toward a range of degrees.
Teresa Lubbers, Indiana’s commissioner for higher education, said boosting both enrollment and graduation numbers at Ivy Tech is critical.
“I agree that we need more students to enroll and complete at Ivy Tech,” Lubbers said. “But it can’t be enrollment only. We have to move those numbers for completion.”