Indiana University Kokomo students will have an opportunity to earn bachelor's degrees in elementary education or business in three years, starting with the fall semester.
The campus received a $30,000 grant from Complete College America, a national nonprofit organization that works with states to increase college completion. The grant will be used for student advising resources, course mapping software and development of accelerated degree programs.
Chancellor Michael Harris said the three-year degree programs are part of the campus focus on enhancing degree completion and degree attainment, while maintaining academic excellence. It also fits in with IU President Michael McRobbie's vision for the regional campuses, he said.
"IU Kokomo is finding innovative ways to increase the number of students who graduate. We must have an educated workforce to grow our economy," Harris said.
Sue Sciame Giesecke, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said campus officials are looking for students to enroll in the pilot programs for the fall semester.
"This program is perfect for the student who is focused on earning a bachelor's degree in as short a time as possible," she said.
Shirley Aamidor, associate dean of education, said students will enroll in 18 credit hours each semester and six credit hours during the summer session to graduate in three years.
"Faculty and staff take pride in working with students to help them achieve their goals," she said. "While students are the ones who ultimately must complete the work and demonstrate excellence, they will find a supportive faculty and willing advisors to help them achieve."
IU Kokomo's grant also will fund degree-mapping programs to help students and their advisors develop a detailed plan of classes to take each semester to graduate in four years.
Indiana was one of 10 states that received $1 million grants for innovative, high-impact college completion initiatives designed to enhance student success and close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations. Funding was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Indiana's plan, "Smarter Choices, Faster Completion," focuses on creating highly structured strategies to improve degree completion at IU regional campuses and redesigning delivery of remedial classes at Ivy Tech. It includes $250,000 for IU regional campuses, which educate about one-third of IU students.
Harris said IU Kokomo is a leader in developing innovative programs to enhance degree attainment opportunities.
"This program allows residents of north central Indiana to earn a world-class degree on our campus in less time. We are grateful for the state's recognition of our efforts to raise educational attainment in our region and state."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.