Under terms of an agreement signed Tuesday, an associate’s degree in education from Ivy Tech could soon be a stepping stone for more Indiana University education bachelor’s degrees.
The schools have removed administrative hurdles which previously led to IU admissions officers not counting some education credits earned at Ivy Tech.
IU President Michael McRobbie said the partnership is designed to allow the IU School of Education to produce enough teachers to fill spots expected to be left vacant in two thirds of Indiana classrooms over the next ten years.
“All the figures indicate a shortage of teachers,” McRobbie said. “A 12% increase in the number of new positions that are going to be required because of retirement, certainly in elementary education, there’s going to be no shortage of vacancies.”
Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder said he’s happy to send students to IU, even though dorms on the Bloomington campus are already bursting at the seams with undergraduates. However, because students won’t transfer in until they’re upperclassmen and because classes don’t necessarily have to be taken in Bloomington, Snyder said it could reduce the number of education students the campus has to house.
“We’ll be sending them juniors and seniors,” he said. “And we’ll be sending them to regional campuses around the state, not just to Bloomington and Indianapolis.”
The plan was several years in the making, leaving the agreement between the Bloomington campuses of the two schools the final part of the agreement to be negotiated.