September 24, 2013
Students at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus can now earn an Indiana University Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English degree on the IUPUC campus, thanks to approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) to confer the degree in Columbus.
In addition, the commission approved a transfer agreement that will enable Ivy Tech Community College–Columbus/Franklin graduates to easily transfer credits from their Associate of Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts degrees toward the BA program at IUPUC.
The transfer agreement makes possible another seamless “2+2” pathway between IUPUC and Ivy Tech, bringing the total to nine. Under the agreements, students complete two years of classes at the community college and then complete two years at the university.
Previously, IUPUC students majoring in English completed all courses required for the major in Columbus, but their degrees were conferred by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) when they graduated, explained Dr. Gary Felsten, associate dean for academic affairs at IUPUC.
"IUPUC graduates have strong connections to Columbus and the surrounding region. The majority of our students stay in this part of the state after graduation. Having an Indiana University diploma demonstrating they earned their degree in Columbus is important to them," Felsten said.
Ivy Tech and IUPUC have a long history of working together to raise the bar for educational attainment in the greater Columbus area. IUPUC offers eligible Ivy Tech graduates a $1,000 Passport Scholarship, which is renewable for a second year.
Under the terms of the agreement, Ivy Tech students are eligible for admission to IUPUC with grades of “C” or better or a 2.0 or higher grade point average. They can apply 60 credit hours from their completed associate degree toward the BA in English at IUPUC, where they will be admitted as juniors.
"Seamless pathways are an incredible benefit to Ivy Tech and IUPUC students. These program articulations allow students to take advantage of cost savings at Ivy Tech in their first two years of college before transferring and continuing their pursuit of a bachelor's degree,” said Steven Combs, Ivy Tech vice chancellor of academic affairs. “Students interested in a bachelor's degree in English now can remain in the same educational complex to complete their degree and benefit from the high quality of programs at Ivy Tech and IUPUC.”
Other transfer agreements between the two institutions include:
According to The Princeton Review, English language and literature is the sixth most popular college major, in part because it fosters development of desired workplace skills, including effective writing, verbal communication, creativity, critical thinking, and an understanding of the human condition.
Students who graduate with English degrees often pursue careers in fields like publishing, journalism, marketing, public service, or sales. Employers typically hire English majors because they are versatile and able to utilize their training as writers, thinkers, and editors of information for positions in media and business.
Many students who graduate with bachelor’s degrees in English go on to pursue graduate study and eventual careers in education, law, political science, and other professional fields.
George Towers, head of the Division of Liberal Arts at IUPUC, credits university faculty with building the English program.
"This degree program demonstrates the sustained efforts of our English faculty led by Dr. Katherine Wills who coordinates the program. Course evaluations by our English students consistently reveal that they enjoy learning from teacher-scholars who care deeply about their academic success. In addition, students report they are receiving an excellent education in the English language and literature,” Towers added.
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