Our future in Indiana depends on available human resources, people who are well-educated and have the tools to help bring about the next model of prosperity in our knowledge-based global economy, where talented and educated citizens emerge as the central asset.
Fortunately, state leaders have acknowledged the role of education in state economic development. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education in “Reaching Higher: Strategic Initiatives for Higher Education in Indiana” stated that Indiana must produce at least 10,000 more bachelor’s degrees each year.
We understand that our nation has been facing an economic downturn, and Indiana is no exception. In fact, parts of our state began feeling the effects of an economic downturn years ago. Recognizing our economic constraints, we must capitalize on the power of partnerships, if we are to achieve the ambitious goal of the Commission for Higher Education.
Indiana University East has created a new model of higher education through our innovative partnerships with Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond, New Castle, Connersville, Lawrenceburg, Batesville, Muncie and areas in between.
By discontinuing all of our associate degrees and all remedial classes, we recognize that these educational objectives are now within the mission of Ivy Tech. By emphasizing non-competition, collaboration in educating students, and efficiency of operations, we have created a seamless, affordable higher education system for Hoosiers in these regions.
Our record enrollment at IU East – along with the continued growth of Ivy Tech – is proof that our model is working.
Most recently we have partnered with Vincennes University and the IU School of Continuing Studies to bring online bachelor’s degree completion programs to students at the Vincennes University Jasper Campus. Students there can now earn an IU bachelor’s degree in the following programs: the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in English – Technical and Professional Writing, Bachelor of Arts/Science in Communication Studies, and Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science and Mathematics – concentration in Mathematics.
Increasing baccalaureate attainment is integral to the economic development of the state. Through this partnership and others, our institutions will make bachelor’s degrees accessible to more students, delivering relevant, high-quality programs in an efficient and affordable manner—a win for our students, our state, and ultimately our future.