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August 6, 2013

Decision on Ivy Tech closings coming later this year

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In conducting its analysis, Ivy Tech will consider site closures if minimal students are impacted; there are high operating costs; and facilities have outdated and/or inefficient spaces, according to information provided to the State Budget Committee.

The Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley region leases facilities in Linton, Rockville and Sullivan as well as the Martin Luther King Center housed at the Meadows shopping center.

Those sites are part of the overall review, said Ann Valentine, Ivy Tech-Wabash Valley chancellor. Within the last week, the Wabash Valley region sent information that included enrollments and lease costs to state officials for their review, she said in a telephone interview.

There is no “target” as to how many sites will be closed, Snyder said. “We’re not looking at it that way.”

To the extent the college could save money by closing some of the sites, that money would be redeployed into other areas such as faculty and advisers, Snyder said.

“If we can’t save any money without damaging our goal toward [college] attainment, we won’t do it,” Snyder said.

Indiana has a 33 percent college attainment rate, meaning just 33 percent of adults have a two-year degree or greater, Terp said.

Since its creation in 2005, the community college system has had large enrollment growth, but state funding has not kept pace, Snyder said. The college needs more full-time faculty and advisers as well as updated equipment, he said.

While it is considering closing leased facilities, Ivy Tech currently does not have enough space to meet its needs, Snyder said, emphasizing the space is about 500,000 square-feet short of what is needed.

“This is a state that has under-invested in its community college,” he said.

During the meeting, State Sen. Luke Kenley, chairman of the State Budget Committee, said Ivy Tech’s role in Indiana higher education “is one that is critically important.”

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