"The Evolving Partnership between Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University"

Ivy Tech and IU Signing Ceremony: School of Education Articulation Agreement
Indiana Statehouse Rotunda
February 10, 2009

Let me add my welcome to Speaker Pat Bauer, Trustee pat Shoulders, President Tom Snyder, Chancellor John Whikehart of Ivy Tech-Bloomington, Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson of IU Bloomington, Provost and Senior Vice President Donald Doucette of Ivy Tech, Gerardo Gonzalez, Dean of the IU School of Education, and Associate Dean Tom Brush.

It is my pleasure to join President Snyder this morning as we extend Indiana University and Ivy Tech’s long history of partnership and collaboration. Just last November IU’s Bloomington campus celebrated the 100th anniversary of our School of Education and welcomed a new era of educational progress. Today’s agreement signals another step towards partnership and progress. Specifically, this agreement will address the predicted need for more elementary teachers by allowing Ivy Tech credits to count towards an IU elementary education degree.

Institutional partnerships like the one we are strengthening today become even more important during times of economic uncertainty. Such partnerships allow us to use our resources more effectively and more efficiently as we serve the state of Indiana and its citizens.

This partnership also comes at a critical time for the state of Indiana for a number of reasons. According to the National Academies’ 2007 report Rising Above the Gathering Storm, “Almost two-thirds of the nation’s K-12 teachers are expected to retire or leave the profession over the coming decade, . . .” (113-4)1. Indiana schools will be hit particularly hard over the next few years by an unprecedented wave of baby boomer retirements.2 Indeed, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development listed elementary school teachers as one of its “Top 50 Hoosier Hot Jobs” in 2008. The department estimates a 12 percent increase in school teacher employment between 2006 and 2016.

In addition, the 2006 Spellings Report notes that “[f]ewer American students are earning degrees in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), medicine, and other disciplines critical to global competitiveness, national security, and economic prosperity.”3 In Indiana, the number of subjects the U.S. Department of Education designates as Teacher Shortage Areas has quadrupled since 1990, and now includes six STEM education fields.4

The educational challenges faced by the state of Indiana are faced by the entire nation, and starting with the elementary education degree we are taking steps to meet those challenges. We are opening doors of opportunity to Hoosiers across the state by making transfers from Ivy Tech to IU more seamless at the same time as our expectations for excellence remain as high as ever.

The agreement that we are signing today will enable more Hoosiers to access higher education closer to home. But more important, it will help Ivy Tech and IU, working in partnership, prepare the next generation of teachers for their future in Indiana classrooms, where the future of the nation resides.

Thank you very much.

Source Notes

  1. National Academy of Science. Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy. Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future. Washington, D.C.: National academy Press. books.nap.edu Pages 113-4.
  2. Hunsinger, Dana. “Shock Wave in Labor Force.” Indianapolis Star 30 June 2008. Accessed 9 Feb. 2009. infoweb.newsbank.com See also “Gray Matters,” an on-going study on the aging of the Indiana workforce being conducted by researchers at the Center for Aging and Community at the University of Indianapolis. Available at: http://cac.uindy.edu/initiatives/meaningfulWork.php
  3. U.S. Department of Education. Commission Appointed by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education. Jessup, Maryland: ED Pubs, 2006. http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/hiedfuture/reports/final-report.pdf Page 16.
  4. U.S. Department of Education. “Office of Postsecondary Education.” 6 Aug. 2008. Accessed 9 Feb. 2009. http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.html Note: U.S. DoE Teacher Shortage Areas refer to areas in which states have a particular shortage of primary and secondary school teachers. This designation affects loan repayment requirements for university education students in these designated areas.