Indiana Tech named a 2020 Great College to Work For

Indiana Tech is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by the Great Colleges to Work For program.

The results, released Sep. 18, in a special section of The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 221 colleges and universities nationwide. In all, 79 of the 221 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions, with Indiana Tech included among medium universities with 3,000 to 9,999 students.

Indiana Tech is one of only two colleges in Indiana to be recognized this year. The other was the University of Notre Dame.

Indiana Tech won honors in three categories:

• Compensation and Benefits

• Confidence in Senior Leadership

• Facilities, Workspace and Security

Indiana Tech president Dr. Karl Einolf said, “Our team shares a commitment to excellence in educating students from all walks of life, for all kinds of meaningful work. Every team member helps ensure that Indiana Tech is an inclusive community of learners, and that students are supported, inspired and empowered to maximize their professional prospects, advance in their careers, and improve their lives and the lives of others. It’s encouraging to see this recognition of our team’s shared effort to make this a great place to work – a place where our work is filled with purpose and opportunities to grow.”

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institution questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

For more information and to view all current and previous recognized institutions, visit the Great Colleges program website at www.greatcollegesprogram.com. ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Warsaw confirm January start plans

Ivy Tech Community College, including the Fort Wayne campus and Warsaw site, confirmed it will offer spring 2021 semester classes starting in January consistent with how classes started in August, and those that will begin Oct. 26. The state’s community college will continue to provide students choices on how to take classes when they begin Jan. 19.

Students will be welcomed back for face-to-face courses, as well as blended, virtual and online. Should new guidelines from the governor or federal regulations be released, adjustments will be made accordingly. Facial coverings will continue to be required on all campuses until further notice.

The college will also continue to expand its “Learn Anywhere” model that was created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who enroll in a “Learn Anywhere” course choose between face to face, virtual, and online learning for each class session based on their needs at that time.

Spring break will be March 14-21. On March 22, second eight-week courses will start. All courses end May 15.

Ivy Tech is taking all of the necessary steps to ensure a deep cleaning of all buildings takes place regularly. Preventive protocols to reduce risk of transmission will also be implemented across campuses.

Ivy Tech, Purdue again collaborate on programs

Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University Fort Wayne are again partnering to create opportunities for Indiana students. A new admissions agreement has been signed that gives students enrolled in specific Ivy Tech programs as of the 2020 fall semester guaranteed transfer to Purdue Fort Wayne bachelor’s degree programs.

Eligibility through the Guaranteed Admission Agreement will require a 3.0 cumulative GPA at Ivy Tech and completion of the associate degree.

“This new agreement provides the opportunity for students in Ivy Tech’s programs to envision a pathway to a four-year degree while maintaining focus on their two-year degrees,” said Kim Barnett-Johnson, vice chancellor for academic affairs at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

Purdue Fort Wayne has agreed to 17 bachelor’s program areas where guaranteed admission will be offered using Ivy Tech’s transfer-as-a-junior associate degrees. These pathways include the following fields: accounting, biology, business economics, chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, early childhood education, education, electrical engineering technology, engineering technology, elementary education, finance, human services, information technology, management, marketing, mechanical engineering technology, money and banking, psychology, and visual communications.

“We are pleased to partner with Ivy Tech Community College to provide this opportunity for students in Indiana to easily and seamlessly transition from their completed associate degree program to a bachelor’s degree program at Purdue University Fort Wayne,” said Carl Drummond, Purdue Fort Wayne’s vice chancellor for academic affairs and enrollment management. “Not only will we be extending automatic admissions, but we will also have available transfer scholarships to recognize their hard work and success at Ivy Tech.”

Students interested in learning more about transfer opportunities with Ivy Tech, should contact askfortwayne@ivytech.edu or visit ivytech.edu/apply-now.

-FWBW staff reports

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