Ivy Tech’s $83M wish list meets skeptical audience

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College says it could double its enrollment and graduation rates if it gets $83 million more from the state. But it might not get its wish.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Luke Kenley tells the Indianapolis Business Journal he wants to restore Ivy Tech’s funding to the same per-student amount it once had. Funding fell after Ivy Tech’s enrollment surged during the recession and as state education aid was cut.

Kenley says he isn’t certain Ivy Tech should start increasing its enrollment until more of its students start graduating. Only 28 of every 100 Ivy Tech students earn a degree or transfer to a four-year school.

Ivy Tech is a key to state leaders’ efforts to increase the number of Hoosiers with post-high-school credentials by 2025.

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