Ivy Tech students return to the Fisher Building in downtown Muncie for the 2021 fall semester. Staff photo by Jordan Kartholl
Ivy Tech students return to the Fisher Building in downtown Muncie for the 2021 fall semester. Staff photo by Jordan Kartholl
MUNCIE — As students headed back to college campuses across the country for the fall semester, Muncie's Ivy Tech system saw a 40% increase in first-time students, said Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Services Wayne Johnson. There has also been a 4.6% increase in enrollment overall.

About 70% of students are on campus this fall, with about 30% online, said Chancellor Jeffrey Scott. Ivy Tech also has its "Learn Anywhere" model, where students can tune into a live classroom to listen to the lecture and participate from anywhere.

Ivy Tech's Muncie service area includes both the Muncie and Henry County locations. Currently, the total headcount for this semester is 2,169 students. It is only one of three service areas to see that type of growth this semester.

"Our students tend to want to be on campus and have ability to build relationships," Scott said. “Our entire team cherishes the ability to utilize social capital we’ve earned to support our students."

With a large percentage of newly enrolled students coming in, some departments have also seen an increase in their majors, said Jennifer Gasiorek, executive director of workforce partnerships and strategic communications.

Copyright ©2022 The Star Press