INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – Marian University and Ivy Tech Community College are collaborating on a new, low-cost double admissions program. Schools say the goal is to recruit and prepare more teachers from diverse backgrounds in order to address the state’s teacher shortage and reduce the cost of higher education for students.
During the program, students who are still in high school earn an associate degree from Ivy Tech before moving to Fred S. Klipsch Educators College in Marian for a bachelor’s degree with teacher certification. Marian says students will complete the program through a free masters degree and take part in a one-year, paid-for stay in an Indiana classroom.
“Highly effective teachers are essential to improving student performance and education in Indiana.” Marian President Dan Elsener said in a press release. “This collaboration with Ivy Tech will go a long way in bringing diverse, highly talented, and well-prepared teachers to every classroom in Indiana.”
Marian says students will earn three degrees for a total of $ 45,000, with no possible financial aid that could cut costs even further. Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech, says students could even earn their first year of high school for free through the college’s dual credit program.
Dr. LaTonya Turner, dean of Klipsch Educators College, says the goal of finding teachers from diverse backgrounds is crucial. She says 40% of today’s school population is made up of colored students, a number that is not reflected in the teaching population.
“It is up to our public and private universities to aggressively recruit highly qualified and talented individuals to lead Hoosier classrooms,” said Turner. “Klipsch Educators College recognizes the need for teachers from all backgrounds, and we focus on our efforts to prepare the best and brightest to drive student success.”
Elsener and Ellspermann will be performing with Gerry Dick at Inside INdiana Business this weekend to talk more about the partnership.