Trine, Ivy Tech partner on degree programs

June 18th, 2013

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Trine, Ivy Tech partner on degree programs

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:46 am

Trine University and Ivy Tech Community College have joined together to offer associate and bachelor's-degree programs that could help students save money.

Through the schools' "2+2 pathway," students can take freshman and sophomore courses at Ivy Tech, earn their associate degrees and then transfer to Trine to complete their bachelor's degrees. Under the schools' "3+1 pathway," students can take courses for three years at Ivy Tech before transferring to Trine.

In addition, Trine will lower tuition costs for Ivy Tech graduates with a 3.0 grade-point average or better from $360 per credit hour to $260. For students in the "3+1" program, that would allow them to earn an associate degree and bachelor's degree for less than $20,000, the schools said in a statement.

High-school students enrolled in Ivy Tech's dual-credit courses could earn both degrees for less than $15,000.

In addition to its main campus in Angola, Trine has campuses in Fort Wayne and Warsaw.

“Trine University is pleased to partner with Ivy Tech to offer a new way for students to earn a Trine degree,” President Earl Brooks II said in the statement. “It’s exciting to know that a new group of students and the region can benefit from Trine’s reputation for producing work-ready graduates.”

“The 3+1 pathway is an innovative approach to higher education that is certain to help many Hoosiers realize their educational goals without an overwhelming debt burden after graduation,” Mary Ostrye, Ivy Tech provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, said in the statement.

“With the median family income in Indiana at about $50,000, the traditional four-year residential collegiate experience is becoming out of reach for many families. This outside-the-box approach to college transfer will turn what is a dream of going to college into a reality for many Hoosiers across the state.”