Ball State, Ivy Tech create guaranteed admissions pathway

<p>A sign directs toward Ivy Tech Community College's Cowan Road location Dec. 10, 2019. Ivy Tech gifted Muncie Community Schools its South Instructional Building location on Cowan Road. <strong>Rohith Rao, DN</strong></p>

A sign directs toward Ivy Tech Community College's Cowan Road location Dec. 10, 2019. Ivy Tech gifted Muncie Community Schools its South Instructional Building location on Cowan Road. Rohith Rao, DN

Some Ivy Tech Community College graduates will now have a guaranteed admission to Ball State under the new Guaranteed Admissions Agreement (GAA) between the two institutions, according to a Ball State press release.

The agreement allows Ivy Tech students who earn an associate of science degree in Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAP) programs to be guaranteed admission into designated bachelor degree programs at Ball State, the press release states.

TSAP degree programs allows students to complete their first two years at Ivy Tech, earn an associate degree from Ivy Tech and then transfer to any Indiana public four-year institution with a junior status, according to Ivy Tech's website.

“This new agreement provides a seamless way for students from Ivy Tech Community College to find their new home at Ball State,” said Susana Rivera-Mills, Ball State’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, in the press release. “Without question, Ivy Tech students are highly motivated for success. And our University is well positioned to assist these new Cardinals as they become acclimated to our campus.”

Students who enrolled at Ivy Tech on or after June 1 will be eligible for this guaranteed admission option, the press release states. Those who complete an associate degree at Ivy Tech and then apply for admission into Ball State in a program not covered by GAA may be admitted on an individual basis.

“Ivy Tech is proud that many of our students complete their degree at Ivy Tech and transfer to Ball State seamlessly," said Ivy Tech Muncie Chancellor Jeffrey Scott in the press release. "This guaranteed admissions agreement is the latest example of doing the right thing for the right reason.”

Ball State's Transfer Center assists students considering a transfer to the university by allowing them to make an appointment to speak with a staff member about their options, how their credits will transfer and plan courses at their current school to integrate with curriculum at Ball State.

Earlier this year, Ivy Tech announced its GAA partnership with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and all Indiana University regional campuses.

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