State officials to probe Ivy Tech's low graduation rates


By: Jon Zimney

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials are reviewing Indiana’s statewide community college system because of low graduation rates.

The Indianapolis Star reports the Commission for Higher Education will probe low performing programs at Ivy Tech Community College, which operates more than 30 campuses in Indiana.

The commission could restructure low-performing programs, or even eliminate them.

The effort comes after a 25 percent drop in Ivy Tech’s enrollment over the past three years. A state report also shows fewer than 30 percent of students complete a certificate or associate degree program within six years.

Ivy Tech recently launched a search for a new president to replace Tom Snyder, who has overseen the school since 2007.

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann says she’s been approached about replacing Snyder.