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Program gives boost to transfer student success

June 5, 2015
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo continues its mission to increase the number of college graduates in Indiana, offering a boost to Ivy Tech graduates as they transfer to complete four-year degrees.

Kayla Miller began work as a dual degree specialist with the Office of Admissions this month, providing academic assistance to these transfer students through the new ABC program.

“I look forward to working with students of all ages, providing a seamless transfer from Ivy Tech to IU Kokomo,” said Miller.

The program provides Ivy Tech graduates an excellent pathway to earn quality, accessible, and affordable bachelor’s degrees to increase their opportunities for a professional career. Each student participates in a summer bridge program at IU Kokomo after completing his or her first year at Ivy Tech, and then receives a partial scholarship to IU Kokomo after completing the associate degree.

Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, said the program is funded with a three-year, $450,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to IU Kokomo, IU South Bend, and IU North.

“Some of our most successful students come to us as transfer students from Ivy Tech,” he said. “We are excited about partnering with our friends at Ivy Tech to create success plans for students interested in earning bachelor’s degrees.”

The program’s initial goal is to enroll 30 students. Ivy Tech students who have completed at least one semester, with at least 12 semester units, and who are in good academic standing, are eligible to apply.

Miller meets with the students each semester that the students are at Ivy Tech. Once they transfer to IU Kokomo, they will be assigned a professional academic advisor.

Elliot earned a bachelor’s in communications from Ball State University, and is completing her master’s degree in student affairs.

For more information, contact Miller at kayellio@iuk.edu, or 765-455-9562, or go to iuk.edu/abc.

Story written by Kambren Stanley. Kambren is an intern in the Office of Media & Marketing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 06/05/2015