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July 30, 2013

MARCUS: Ivy Tech is our hope and our failure

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What portion of Ivy Tech students find employment within what period of time? Adjusting for the general rate of unemployment, it is success in employment that counts, not some piece of paper stamped with the institution’s logo.

A student may be in Ivy Tech for a short period of time and still be counted as a success, if we drop the expectation of certification. The issue is not for the students to meet the demands of the college, but for the college to meet the needs of the students.

Over the years, Ivy Tech has made serious errors. It became an employment center for members of the General Assembly. It over-reached and built an excessive number of campuses. It built an empire of administrators to exchange memos with other administrators. Meanwhile, many of its students left without necessary job-related skills.

These problems can be addressed with time. What can not be recovered are the lost opportunities of students who have been denied the education/job preparation they sought and did not receive.

Morton J. Marcus is formerly with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He can be reached at mortonjmarcus@yahoo.com.

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