Ivy Tech Community College Confirms Plans for January Start of Classes

Ivy Tech's downtown Muncie facility.Ivy Tech's downtown Muncie facility.

By Kelsey Batten—

Indianapolis, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College confirmed that it will continue to provide students with the same breadth of course delivery options in the Spring 2021 semester as those that started last month, and those beginning October 26.

In January, students will once again be welcomed back onto Ivy Tech campuses throughout Indiana for face-to-face courses while the College will continue to offer a majority of its courses in blended, virtual, and online formats. The focus will continue to be on flexibility and safety for students, employees, and the communities Ivy Tech serves. Should new guidelines from the Governor or new federal regulations be released, adjustments will be made accordingly. Facial coverings and physical distancing will continue to be required on all campuses until further notice.

The College will also continue to expand its “Learn Anywhere” model that was launched as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who enroll in a “Learn Anywhere” course chooses between face-to-face, virtual, and online learning formats for each class session based on their needs on a given day.

“Ivy Tech is committed to offering flexibility so that our students can take that next step to prepare for a high-wage, high-value career,” said Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann. “We will continue to carefully balance our plans to maintain our focus on safety and flexibility. Our team continually monitors the recommendations provided by the state of Indiana and federal agencies. Ultimately, our goal is to enable our students’ success while providing them the safest, most accommodating learning environment.”

The first spring session begins on January 19. Most offerings are eight-weeks in length and the rest run 16-weeks. Spring Break will take place March 14-21. On March 22, the second eight-week spring session begins and will provide both new students and continuing students the opportunity to enroll and optimize their class schedules. All courses conclude on May 15.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges around every corner, the continued commitment and innovation of our faculty and staff has allowed us to rethink and restructure how we deliver higher education,” Ivy Tech Provost Kara Monroe said. “Ivy Tech’s history of using advanced educational technology to provide high-quality online instruction, combined with faculty and staff dedicated to the success of traditional and adult learners, has allowed the College to convert quickly to learning formats that allow our students to prioritize learning and personal safety.”

Ivy Tech is regularly deep-cleaning all buildings. Preventive protocols to reduce risk of transmission will continue to be implemented across campus locations until the pandemic ends.

“Ivy Tech recognizes that many families are uncomfortable with the residential college environment and experience during this pandemic. Instead of considering an educational break or a delay in starting coursework, students should enroll in a community college,” Ellspermann continued. “Ivy Tech’s affordable tuition, guaranteed transfer to Indiana four-year partners, and personalized instruction make it the perfect place to take classes as a guest or transfer student. Transfer is one of the important roles our community college plays to serve Indiana’s thousands of bachelor’s degree-seeking students.”

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.