SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College is merging its north
central and northwest regions to cut expenses, creating a single district
that reaches from the Illinois border to Kosciusko County, about midway
between South Bend and Fort Wayne.
Trustees approved the move Thursday and the change took effect
immediately, the South Bend Tribune reported.
Ivy Tech President Thomas Snyder said state funding hasn't kept up with
the school's growth. Ivy Tech may consider consolidating other regions or
limiting enrollment to reduce expenses, he said, but he doesn't know if
employment will be reduced as a result. Employees were notified in an
"The college experienced record growth at a time when state funding was
not able to keep up with the growth, thus creating a gap that has never
been recovered. That gap was in excess of $40 million. We always want to
keep tuition affordable so we never wanted to put the funding of such a
gap on our students," Snyder said in a public statement issued Friday.
That gap has now grown to $60 million, he said.
Ivy Tech's enrollment has grown by nearly 50 percent in five years to
about 177,000 students, racing ahead of its state funding, Snyder told
employees in his email.
He said the change should have no effect on students.
The merger reduces the number of Ivy Tech state regions to 13. The former
North Central region included campuses in South Bend, Elkhart County and
Warsaw. The Northwest region had campuses in Michigan City, Valparaiso,
East Chicago and Gary.
North Central Regional Chancellor Thomas Coley will serve as chancellor
for the larger region.