By: Jennifer Gasiorek—
Ivy Tech Muncie-Henry County were named winners of the 2019 Stan Jones Student Success Award by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
Muncie, IN— The Cardinal Reboot project is a strong partnership between Ball State University and Ivy Tech Community College. Students who are dismissed for academic reasons from Ball State University may participate in the Cardinal Reboot program and enter Ivy Tech Muncie-Henry County to improve their grade point averages and work toward credentials. Once those students have taken two semesters of fulltime coursework and earned a credential, those students can return to Ball State to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
“Students who are academically dismissed often give up on their academic journeys,” said Laura Helms, Interim Dean University College, Ball State University. “The Cardinal Reboot Program allows these students to attend Ivy Tech, regroup and return to Ball State more prepared to complete their degrees.”
Dr. Amy Ward, Ivy Tech’s Vice Chancellor of Student Success said, “By expanding this partnership we are able to create support services around retention for both institutions. Additionally, we link critical student support areas to the program, tutoring, and career development, as well as creating a student organization that supports students from both institutions.
Cardinal Reboot has gained positive attention at the state level with the awarding of a $5,000 grant sponsored by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education. Ivy Tech is one of two institutions to receive the grant award, named in honor of the late Stan Jones, founder and former president of Complete College America and former Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education.
“The Stan Jones Award was designed to build upon Stan’s legacy of landmark education policy and student success initiatives,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “Just as Stan was a tireless advocate for education, we present this award to programs that are working to increase student success and close the completion gap for all students. We are pleased to see the proactive collaboration among other institutions to make this important work possible.”
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, 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.
Jennifer Gasiorek is Executive Director of Workforce Partnerships and Strategic Communications at Ivy Tech Community College.