State approves new degree partnership between Indiana State, Ivy Tech

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
October 14, 2011

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education on Friday approved a new degree program at Indiana State University designed in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College.

The state commission approved ISU's proposed Bachelor of Science in engineering technology program, which was created in conjunction with Ivy Tech officials. While the program will be offered as a four-year degree for ISU students, the new initiative also was created to be a continuation of coursework based on Ivy Tech's Associate of Science in engineering technology, in which students will study for two-years at Ivy Tech, then finish their final two years of coursework for their bachelors at ISU. The program is expected to be offered starting in January.

"Particularly with the 2 + 2 connection, this program was created to be of direct service to the Ivy Tech students who really want a bachelor's degree in four years and have just chosen the associate of science engineering technology at Ivy Tech as their path," said Robert English, associate dean and professor in the College of Technology at Indiana State. "This is a flexible program that will allow them to get a bachelor's degree in an efficient and cost-effective manner."

The courses included in the degree program are already offered at ISU, said Phillip Cochrane, assistant professor in the department of applied engineering and technology management in ISU's College of Technology. He worked to create the new degree program.

In the program, students will choose a concentration in either packaging engineering technology, automotive engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology or computer engineering technology. Yet the program's core classes will introduce students to coursework within the other concentration areas as well.

"For anybody who has an aptitude or an interest in a particular area but may want to be in a multi-disciplinary program, this accommodates that," Cochrane said. "This literally allows you to grow into a career where you want to see yourself."

Many classes in the program are offered via distance education, in addition to being offered on Indiana State's campus. While all the courses are not available through distance education, the program will remain student-centric and responsive to the needs of participants in the program, English said.

The joint initiative is a continuation of the ongoing partnership between Indiana State and Ivy Tech. More than 75 formal agreements exist between ISU and Ivy Tech to help students seeking additional coursework or a degree.

"Ivy Tech is pleased to enter into another articulation partnership with Indiana State University," said Mary E. Ostrye, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Ivy Tech. "ISU's new Bachelor of Science in engineering technology expands transfer and career opportunities for Ivy Tech graduates, and the degree pathway allows both institutions to contribute to Indiana's critical shortage of skilled engineering technicians and professionals."

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Indiana State University professor M. Affan Badar, who is also chair of the department of applied engineering and technology management in the College of Technology, works with a student. Badar will teach some of the mechanical engineering technology courses that will be part of the new curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in engineering technology, which was approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education on Friday.

Contact: Robert English, associate dean and professor, electronics and computer engineering technology, College of Technology, Indiana State University, 812-237-3881 or robert.english@indstate.edu.

Writer: Austin Arceo, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or austin.arceo-negrich@indstate.edu.