Report Reveals Ivy Tech Community College’s Economic Impact in Muncie

Jeffrey D. Scott Chancellor Muncie-Henry County. Photo provided Jeffrey D. Scott Chancellor Muncie-Henry County. Photo provided

By Jennifer Gasiorek—

College produces $3.9 billion cumulative annual impact throughout state.

MUNCIE, IN—An in-depth study, conducted by Emsi, reveals the significant positive economic impact Ivy Tech Community College makes on the state of Indiana, including the local impact in Delaware and Henry County. The report outlines the return on investment the Community College makes to its major stakeholder groups – students, taxpayers and the communities it serves. Results of the analysis reflect a $3.9 billion cumulative annual impact.

The 2020 Ivy Tech Community College Economic Impact Report, based on fiscal year 2018-19, includes the following key findings for our local area:

• Ivy Tech’s impact supported the equivalent of 1505 jobs in Delaware and Henry Counties.
• Alumni have the greatest impact on the state because of higher earnings and increased productivity of the businesses that employ them.
• In FY 2018-19, Ivy Tech Muncie alumni generated $59.8 million in added income for the county economy.
• In the Muncie Campus Service Area, Ivy Tech employs 334 full-time and part-time faculty and staff with a total operations spending of $17 million contributing to the local economy.
• The expenditures of retained students in FY 2018-19 also added $1.2 million in income to the local economy.

“Ivy Tech’s students, faculty and staff are embedded in the community adding value and worth, through community service, outreach, and helping our students build social capital and recognize purpose,” said Jeffrey D. Scott Chancellor Muncie-Henry County. “We are building strategies that will help local employers for the short, mid and long term. As an anchor institution, we are invested in making a continued positive impact. We strive to always do the right thing for the right reasons. We care deeply about the people, places and things of Delaware and Henry Counties. As highlighted by this report and our day-to-day deeds, we contribute greatly to our community’s ability to thrive. We are a beacon to a brighter tomorrow.”

“Ivy Tech’s impact goes well beyond the benefits students derive from their education,” said Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech. “When the College’s students enter the workforce, they bring with them valuable skills acquired through their education, resulting in increased productivity for their employers. That has a lasting impact on our state and the dozens of communities where our students live and work.”

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Individual student impact grows with investment

In addition to identifying the economic impact of the institution, the study also analyzed the value of the investment students are making in themselves by choosing an Ivy Tech education and the value the community is investing in students through public dollars the institution receives from taxpayers.

The study found that students invested $502.8 million in time and money that will generate a cumulative return of $2.2 billion in higher future earnings over their working careers. The average Ivy Tech associate degree graduate from FY 2018-19 will see annual earnings that are $10,100 higher than a person with a high school diploma or equivalent working in Indiana.

“In today’s job market, a post-secondary credential is more important than ever,” Ellspermann said. “Ivy Tech offers a cost-effective way of acquiring knowledge and skills that lead to new careers and improved earnings.”

In fact, students will see an average annual return on investment of 18.3%, which is significantly higher than the U.S. stock market’s 30-year average rate of return of just under 10% or the 30-year U.S. Treasury at 1.91% rate of return.

Taxpayers are also benefiting from investing in students. For every dollar of public money invested in Ivy Tech, taxpayers will receive a cumulative value of $1.90 over the course of the students’ working lives. This equates to a net present value of $287.2 million after accounting for taxpayer costs and is an average annual rate of return of 5.3% for taxpayers.

Other benefits are outlined in the full report at

Emsi is a labor market analytics firm that integrates data from a wide variety of sources to serve professionals in higher education, economic development, workforce development, talent acquisition, and site selection. Emsi is a leading provider of economic impact studies and labor market data to educational institutions in the U.S. and internationally. Since 2000, Emsi has completed over 2,000 economic impact studies for institutions across three countries.

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public post secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

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. 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. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.