Ivy Tech Community College, Kaplan University Partner On Reverse Transfer Initiative

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By: Kelsey Batten—

Agreement Helps Adult Learners Earn Important Degree Credential Toward Achieving Educational and Career Goals—

Indianapolis, IN – Ivy Tech Community College and Kaplan University have partnered to create a statewide reverse transfer agreement for students who have transferred to Kaplan University prior to completing their associate degree at Ivy Tech.

“By working closely with Ivy Tech we are helping adult learners earn important degree credentials they can use immediately toward achieving their educational and career goals,” said Kaplan University President Dr. Betty Vandenbosch, who noted that more than eight-in-ten Kaplan University students have some prior post-secondary education experience before enrolling.

In order to be eligible for the reverse transfer program, students must meet several transfer policies and conditions:

  • Students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours from Ivy Tech to be eligible for reverse transfer
  • Students must be a currently enrolled Kaplan undergraduate pursuing a bachelor’s degree
  • Students must have no prior associate or higher degree conferred
  • Students must have attained at least a 2.0 GPA from Ivy Tech

Once a qualified student has earned the equivalent of 75 or more total semester credit hours at Kaplan University (including transfer hours), they will be notified twice a year of their potential eligibility for an Ivy Tech associate degree through reverse transfer until they opt-out.

“With the need for working adults to achieve their post-secondary goals in an untraditional classroom setting, Ivy Tech is excited to partner with Kaplan University and add them to our growing number of college partners for reverse transfer,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech Community College President. “Through this opportunity, students will have a credential they have earned to help them advance their career while continuing to work towards their baccalaureate.”

Ivy Tech is responsible for determining, through reverse articulation and transcript review, which courses completed at Kaplan may satisfy the associate degree requirements that will allow students to be awarded a degree. This process will take place in both fall and spring semesters.

Reverse transfer is designed to assist students in pursuing their career goals. Ivy Tech has partnered with several other institutions to offer reverse transfer, including: University of Southern Indiana, Indiana State University, Purdue University, Ottawa University, Trine University, University of Phoenix, Indiana Tech, Indiana Wesleyan, Western Governors University and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

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.




About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.  Kaplan University serves approximately 29,200 online and campus-based students. The University has 13 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, and Wisconsin, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Missouri and Maryland.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., which serves over one million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 15,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit www.Kaplan.com.