STUDENT SUCCESS

Ensure every student persists towards their educational objective.

Ivy Tech Community College has one primary purpose: to engage all students so they successfully launch or expand their careers, or educational opportunities, upon certificate or degree completion. Together, faculty and staff are committed to educational and career-oriented success. Ivy Tech strives to help students move through programs efficiently, passing courses on the first attempt and persisting through to certificate or degree completion. In addition, Ivy Tech will find ways to expand selective admissions and high-demand programs while balancing student aspirations and workforce needs.

HOW WE GET THERE

STRATEGY 1.1 Ensure basic needs of students are met.

Develop and orchestrate intentional wraparound services to meet the unique needs of students, ranging from individual case management to location of external resources and service providers while enrolled.

STRATEGY 1.2 Support students to succeed in gateway courses on first attempt.

Expand programs, including but not limited to, Project Jump Start and Growth Mindset to prepare and position students for success. Provide additional professional development training for faculty to ensure student achievement.

STRATEGY 1.3 Expand capacity for high-demand selective admission programs.

Quantify areas of vocational challenges, nursing in particular, and develop plans for expansion. Expand the online application process to other limited enrollment programs.

STRATEGY 1.4 Ensure that students’ educational pathways provide for continuous enrollment through completion based upon their timeframe.

Expand structured scheduling, coaching models, and number of eight-week courses offered to help enrolled students complete their studies on their time and schedule.

STRATEGY 1.5 Support students to intentionally engage with the College leading to individual academic and career success.

Increase co-curricular opportunities and access to coaching and mentoring programs to show students how academic progress translates into meaningful careers.

STRATEGY 1.6 Utilize technology to create a seamless and intuitive student experience.

Develop user-driven applications for students to enhance College communications, deliver pertinent information, and improve scheduling.

STRATEGY 1.1

Ensure basic needs of students are met.

Develop and orchestrate intentional wraparound services to meet the unique needs of students, ranging from individual case management to location of external resources and service providers while enrolled.

STRATEGY 1.2

Support students to succeed in gateway courses on first attempt.

Expand programs, including but not limited to, Project Jump Start and Growth Mindset to prepare and position students for success. Provide additional professional development training for faculty to ensure student achievement.

STRATEGY 1.3

Expand capacity for high-demand selective admission programs.

Quantify areas of vocational challenges, nursing in particular, and develop plans for expansion. Expand the online application process to other limited enrollment programs.

STRATEGY 1.4

Ensure that students’ educational pathways provide for continuous enrollment through completion based upon their timeframe.

Expand structured scheduling, coaching models, and number of eight-week courses offered to help enrolled students complete their studies on their time and schedule.

STRATEGY 1.5

Support students to intentionally engage with the College leading to individual academic and career success.

Increasing co-curricular opportunities and access to coaching and mentoring programs to show students how academic progress translates into meaningful careers.

STRATEGY 1.6

Utilize technology to create a seamless and intuitive student experience.

Develop user-driven applications for students to enhance College communications, deliver pertinent information, and improve scheduling.

TRACY’S JOURNEY

“Ivy Tech is amazing. I’ve found support and people who believe in me — people who want me to succeed.”

Tracy Skaggs

Human Services

Tracy Skaggs had dreams. She believed that something better could be ahead for her. However, for years, Tracy's daily struggles overshadowed her dreams until hope had nearly vanished altogether.

Tracy’s childhood was filled with conflict, despair, and addiction. At the age of four, Tracy began taking drugs and suffered both physical and emotional abuse. By six years old, Tracy was left alone many nights, often cared for by neighbors. She began to show signs of drug addiction and learned to hide the pain and abuse. School became a place of escape for Tracy – a place where safety and personal success was found.

As an adult, the shadows of abuse and addiction continued to drive Tracy toward fear and doubt. Drug use continued. Mental health issues emerged. She began to repeat the cycle of abuse and addiction that she had experienced as a child. Homeless and frightened, Tracy prayed for answers and direction as she waited in a doctor’s office for medical attention. At that moment, Tracy saw an advertisement for Ivy Tech Community College.

Gaining the courage and confidence that she possessed as a child, Tracy contacted Ivy Tech. Advisors helped her with enrollment, supported her in finding connections to community resources, and soon Tracy began a new path. She had new career aspirations and plans to contribute positively in the community.

“Ivy Tech has helped me more than I can ever say and enrolling in Ivy Tech is the best decision I’ve made,” shared Tracy. “Through Ivy Tech, I’ve found my identity. I have found what normal is. I have found my heart and my deep desire to help others. I have found support and people who believe in me – people who want to help me succeed.”

In one of Tracy’s early assignments at Ivy Tech, she had to write a speech entitled “Who I Am.” The support from faculty, the safety of the classroom and self-confidence gained from attending school gave Tracy the courage to share her personal journey which she titled, “I Am the Face of Recovery.” Today, Tracy continues to share her story of hope in her community to help others find freedom from addiction.

Through Ivy Tech and her faith, Tracy has once again found her dreams. She is successfully balancing classes, internships, research studies, and pursuit of a healthy personal life at home. She remains steadfast to her dream of helping others break the multi-generational cycles of addiction and abuse. Tracy, like many other Ivy Tech students, will pursue educational pathways that help her achieve a degree, a career path, and a better life.

“Ivy Tech is amazing. Now, I have mentors who are helping me and I’m even mentoring others as well,” added Tracy. “Every day, I thank Ivy Tech and I thank God for Ivy Tech in my life.”

METRICS

Year 1

Year 3

Year 5

Fall to Spring Retention

70%

75%

80%

Fall to Fall Retention

50%

55%

60%

METRICS

FALL TO SPRING RETENTION

Year 1: 70%
Year 3: 75%
Year 5: 80%

FALL TO FALL RETENTION

Year 1: 50%
Year 3: 55%
Year 5: 60%

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