ERIC Number: EJ895593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-5
Reference Count: N/A
Ford, William J.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v27 n12 p12-13 Aug 2010
This article focuses on the accelerated associate degree program at Ivy Tech Community College (Indiana) in which low-income students will receive an associate degree in one year. The three-year pilot program is funded by a $2.3 million grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education in Indianapolis and a $270,000 grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, an agency that coordinates, plans, and approves various programs and policies for public and private colleges. A student who is enrolled in this three-year pilot program will receive free tuition, textbooks, a laptop and a $100 weekly stipend to help cover transportation and food costs. Ivy Tech may be the first community college in the nation to launch an ambitious plan for students to receive an associate degree in one year. To get through the curriculum in one year, students must treat their studies like a full-time job. In fact, they are on campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. five days a week and are advised to avoid the distraction of part-time employment.
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Associate Degrees, Community Colleges, Higher Education, Two Year Colleges, Minority Groups, College Students, Enrollment, Acceleration (Education), Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana