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Structured for Success: Ivy Tech Reorganizes Across Indiana

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ivy Tech, Indiana’s state-wide community college, is restructuring itself in an effort that will ultimately allow better focus on students and meeting the workforce needs of local employers.

Previously, Ivy Tech campuses worked on a bi-regional leadership structure. The new organization makes each of the 19 campuses scattered throughout the state into a “self-sustaining unit,” each with their own chancellor.

“The bi-regional structure was causing unintended consequences and difficulties in serving local communities,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “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.”

By the end of June, Ivy Tech had announced chancellors for each of the new campuses. One reason for this change is to better allow for and serve local needs. Ellspermann says that the new chancellors are tasked with “developing strategies to successfully serve our students and effectively align with workforce [needs].”

Another major change in structure is the reinstatement of the “school” model at each campus location, meaning there will now be a School of Business, a School of Information Technology, a School of Nursing, etc at each campus. The intention is to better align each campus’ efforts with Indiana’s key economic sectors.

Ellspermann said they expect cost-savings over time with this new structure, thanks to more efficient operations within each campus.

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