Ivy Tech Community College announces new organizational structure

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has announced a new organizational structure focused on better serving its students and the state, by aligning with community needs at the campus level, and empowering the campuses to be responsive and agile to local needs.

Where multiple campuses reported to regional leadership will now see those positions aligned at a campus level. Campuses will be self-sustaining units with a chancellor as the executive in charge. Campus chancellors will be announced June 15 to August 1, and staff will transition over the next year into more effective campus-aligned, student-focused roles.

“In June of last year, I toured the state and heard from more than 750 Ivy Tech colleagues,” said Ivy Tech President, Sue Ellspermann. “The bi-regional structure was causing unintended consequences and difficulties in serving local communities. Our overarching focus with the organizational structure is to put more ‘community’ into community college, place more attention on students, and reduce friction across our large organization.”

In the new structure Ivy Tech will have 19 campuses that include:

  • Lake County (Gary/East Chicago), Valparaiso, South Bend/Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Indianapolis, Bloomington, Evansville, Kokomo, Muncie, Terre Haute, Columbus, Sellersburg, Michigan City, Marion, Anderson, Richmond, Lawrenceburg, and Madison

In addition the Community College will offer classes at 26 educational sites which include:

  • Warsaw, Logansport, Noblesville, New Castle, Avon, Greencastle, Franklin, Batesville, LaPorte, Rochester, Monticello, Peru, Wabash, Frankfort, Crawfordsville, Rockville, Mooresville, Shelbyville, Connersville, Greensburg, Linton, Seymour, North Vernon, Mid-America Science Park (Scottsburg), Princeton, and Tell City

Ivy Tech will reinstate a “School” model on the academic side versus the current Divisional structure, aligning more closely with Indiana’s key economic sectors. The Schools are:

  • School of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain
  • School of Public Affairs and Social Services
  • School of Information Technology
  • School of Arts, Sciences & Education
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Technology

Faculty Councils will be formed at the campus level and statewide, allowing faculty to have a broader voice in academic policy, procedures and engagement in the strategic plan implementation. Ivy Tech is in development of a new strategic plan to be unveiled in December 2017.

“This is not a project to reduce headcount, or eliminate staff or campus locations,” said Ellspermann. “Similarly, we will not add staff. We do, however, anticipate cost-savings over time with more efficient operations allowing us to focus more resources to our programs and student services.”

Naming of campus chancellors will be the first step in implementing the new organizational structure, followed by them forming the campus team, to be finalized in Fall 2017.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

SOURCE: News release from Ivy Tech Community College