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IVY TECH Facing Questions From State Lawmakers And Workforce Council

first_imgIVY TECH Facing Questions From State Lawmakers And Workforce Council by ASHELY SMITH OF INSIDE HIGHER  ED FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The community college system is facing questions from state lawmakers and its workforce council over low graduation rates. The workforce council has set minimum state completion rates for short- and long-term programs. And based on graduation data, Ivy Tech isn’t meeting those minimums. Not meeting those standards threatens the federal job-training dollars the college receives.But Ivy Tech argues, like many community colleges across the country, that graduation rates don’t tell the entire story.“What we have here is apples talking to oranges,” President Tom Snyder said, adding that transfers aren’t included in graduation rates. “The good thing is we’re closing the gap between what is being done in the college and what’s needed in the workforce.”The council set graduation standards for all 260 of its training providers, including Ivy Tech, after federal directives were changed last year to require states to track what happens to students in workforce training programs. Indiana’s new standards are a 28 percent minimum graduation rate threshold for two-year degree programs and a 60 percent rate for career-technical programs or nondegree programs, said Joe Frank, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.The state receives about $60 million a year in workforce innovation dollars that it passes on to the providers, with Ivy Tech receiving about $6.5 million, Frank said. Ivy Tech is the largest of the state’s providers.Using graduation information from the Indiana Commission of Higher Education, Ivy Tech’s total completion rate is at 5.2 percent for full-time students who completed within two years and 27.7 percent for students who completed an associate degree or certificate within six years. For part-time students those numbers change to 2.1 percent within two years and 20.8 percent within six.Based on those measurements, the college isn’t meeting the workforce requirement.But the college points to other measurements that they feel are more reflective of what happens on campuses.For instance, using 2014 data from the National Community College Benchmark Project, Ivy Tech ranked in the top 30 percent in the country for first-time, part-time students to complete or transfer within six years — at nearly 40 percent.And the majority of Ivy Tech’s students aren’t first-time students who are seeking to complete in two years, said Jeff Fanter, the college’s senior vice president for student experience, communications and marketing.“Only 6.6 percent of them are taking enough credits to graduate in two years, 28.3 percent are on a three-year track and over 65 percent are on a six-year track,” he said.Mary Alice McCarthy, a senior policy analyst in the education policy program at New America, said graduation rates weren’t meant to be used with the new workforce law.“This is showing the dangers of mixing up data sources for accountability purposes,” said McCarthy, who previously worked for both the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor. “Credential attainment is important, but completion and earnings are the big measures in workforce development.”Ivy Tech’s graduates earn an average of about $37,700 in annual salary the first year after graduation, $43,100 annually after five years and nearly $50,000 per year after 10 years, according to the state higher education commission.Ivy Tech said the state’s workforce development program is holding off on cutting any funding while updated data are being provided.“We view it as they have the most robust program in the state and they’re the largest with the most robust infrastructure,” Frank said. “We will continue to work with them to make sure they’re in compliance, and they’ve been a great partner in the past.”Snyder is optimistic that the disconnect will be resolved over the next couple of months.“We’ll give them more appropriate data points,” he said.center_img Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s statewide two-year institution, has a reputation for supplying students to the workforce. But recently the college has been questioned about the success of its students and the effectiveness of training dollars it receives from the state.last_img read more

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AUGUST Budget Slovenia Ljubljana is at its loveli

first_imgAUGUSTBudget: SloveniaLjubljana is at its loveliest in the summer; pastel buildings picked out by the sun, trees in full blossom. Take a river cruise along the Ljubljanica, or the funicular up to the castle, and discover why Slovenians like to keep Slovenian wine all to themselves! For a romantic viewpoint over the city, climb up Smarna Gora, the city’s highest hill. Read more about things to see and do in Ljubljana here. OCTOBERBudget: LanzaroteRelax in the autumn sun after the rush of your wedding and choose the Canary Island of Lanzarote, its white-washed curves sitting atop black lava. Check in at the heart of the island, at Finca Malvasia and spend your days touring underground geological wonders and the surreal artistic creations of native sculptor Cesar Manrique, or discover the breathtakingly high village of Haria. Read our guide to where to dine in Lanzarote and pick the best candlelit table for a romantic holiday meal. Luxury: Amalfi Coast, ItalyItaly is tailor-made for honeymooners, and the Amalfi Coast is iconic, its churches and town squares clinging to one of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines, cliffs towering high above town belltowers. Base yourselves in Positano at Le Sirenuse, for views over the Tyrrhenian Sea, cocktails on the terrace and Michelin-starred dining. It’s a short walk to the beach from here, and ferries across to the jewel-like Isle of Capri. JANUARYBudget: IcelandWhat could be more romantic than seeing the exhilarating blaze of the Northern Lights sweep across a blackened Arctic sky? Snuggle up tight in Reykjavik, at the elegant Hotel Borg, or soak in the outdoor hot tubs at Hotel Glymur, overlooking the spectacular Whale Fjord. Don’t miss the chance to go snow mobiling on Langjokull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. For more ideas on where to see the Northern Lights check out our guide. MARCHBudget: BelgiumOk, so it’s going to be a little chilly but who cares when the backdrop is this gorgeous? Bruges is one of Europe’s fairytale cities, its medieval buildings reflected in numerous picturesque canals. Fly to Brussels and take the hour and a half train ride to Bruges, before jumping into a horse-drawn carriage and riding like Cinderella and her Prince Charming through the cobbled streets. Retire to the five star Hotel Dukes’ Palace, to sleep in your very own turret and wake up to a champagne and Belgian chocolate breakfast. Take a look at our rundown of things to do in Bruges for more info. FEBRUARYBudget: TenerifeIt’s carnival time in Tenerife in February, so get ready to party surrounded by exuberant costumes, music, dancing and much feasting. Get ready for some sunbathing too, as the weather in the part of Spain is usually mild at this time of year, with temperatures hovering around a pleasant 20°C, and there are plenty of beautiful black sand beaches for you to settle on. Stay at the five-star Jardines de Nivaria for a beachfront location in the Costa Adeje and outdoor massages. Looking for a romantic meal venue? Check out our guide to the best restaurants in Tenerife. SEPTEMBERBudget: Northern IrelandBe two of the first to walk brand new coastal walk The Gobbins, along the coast of Antrim in Northern Ireland. You’ll duck under stone-cut archways, cross metal bridges and pose for pictures in places you would never imagine could be reached. Afterwards be sure to call in at the Giant’s Causeway, ideally by kayak to avoid the crowds. MAYBudget: ScotlandEdinburgh is arguably the UK’s most romantic city, with an ancient castle brooding atop a volcanic rock as its centrepiece. Stroll the Royal Mile, climb up Arthur’s Seat (another inactive volcano) and dine on fresh Scottish seafood at the waterfront in Leith. Stretch the honeymoon budget for Restaurant Martin Wishart for a real celebration. For ideas on where to stay in Edinburgh check out our top picks. Luxury: MaldivesAverage highs of 30°C in January, top spa retreats and of course, those powdery white sand beaches straight out of the postcards. The Maldives is the quintessential honeymoon destination and the ideal place for some post-wedding recuperation. Try the small and romantic Maafushivaru island hideaway, where there are dazzling coral reefs just off-shore, or Velassaru which most certainly aims its private ‘undressed luxury’ suites at newlyweds – take a look at their 270sqm Water Suite for a hint at true honeymoon luxury, the panoramic ocean views will capture your heart (and your purse-strings) instantly! Need more inspiration? Read our guide to the Maldives’ best honeymoon resorts. JUNEBudget: CroatiaNo country in Europe has a coastline more beautiful than Croatia, nor water as clear. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourselves on a trip up from Dubrovnik to Sibenik. Stay in the Karmen Apartments to walk Dubrovnik’s stunning defense walls and swim from the rocks at the Buza bar before heading north to discover Sibenik and the brand new waterfront D Resort Sibenik for trips to the offshore islands and great spa treatments. Read more about Dubrovnik in our guide to the city. Luxury: South AfricaIt’s the height of summer in South Africa so fly down to Cape Town for beaches, wineries and the climb up Table Mountain. Check out Boulders Beach to see the penguins before heading north to the (malaria-free) Madikwe Hills for some slightly larger beasts – lions, zebra and giraffe. You’ll find more things to do in Cape Town in our full guide. Luxury: IndonesiaJava is often humid, but August sees clear skies and just-right temperatures (around 27°C) on this island in Indonesia. Blue-fire volcanic lakes and deserted beaches await, but the highlight of any trip to Java has to be Borobudur, an epic complex of stupas that is one of earth’s largest monuments to religion. Get here for sunrise for an extra dash of magic on your honeymoon. JULYBudget: Hampshire and Dorset, UKThe summer is the perfect time to stay local in England, and there’s nowhere better for catching some rays than the idyllic south coast. Find yourselves in the New Forest at the wonderful Pig in the Forest for woodland walks with the ponies before heading south to the Pig on the Beach, at Studland Bay, encircled by white chalky cliffs. Both hotels have kitchen gardens – and superb restaurants. Luxury: KenyaIt’s Great Wildebeest Migration season in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve at this time of year, so why not make your honeymoon a safari? Check in to the Mara Serena Safari Lodge for your best chance to see it, with two daily game drives, sundowners in the bush and breakfast by the hippo pool. There’s a good chance of spotting the Big Five here too: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. center_img Luxury: Cruise around ScotlandFancy honeymooning on the Queen’s favourite ship? Step aboard the Hebridean Princess for the ultimate romantic cruise around the Hebrides. You’ll discover the gloaming, Scotland’s gorgeous twilight, and eat some of the best produce the country has to offer. All while touring the isles from Skye to the Orkneys and dropping anchor in harbours too small for most other ships. Need more honeymoon ideas? Look no further:5 dream beach destinations to beat the winter bluesPlan that winter honeymoon with these five ideas for exotic getaways.7 of Europe’s most romantic city break ideasLove is all you need. But whisking away your sweetheart for a romantic city break would probably earn you a few brownie points. Here are seven places for newlyweds to woo each other.Where to go for guaranteed winter sunBe sure of those hot honeymoon temperatures with our guide to where to go.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map APRILBudget: SpainSeville can lay claim to being Spain’s most Spanish city, home to tapas, flamenco and more oranges than you can shake those maracas at. Stay central at the Gran Melia Colon and you can check out the Gothic cathedral and Moorish architecture by day and hit the tapas bars at night – don’t miss the jamon iberico ham at El Rinconcillo. Want more food options? We’ve got the inside scoop on the best of Seville’s budget tapas bars here. Luxury: PeruFancy an active honeymoon? How about hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, reaching Machu Picchu at sunrise? If three days walking is a little too much, you can drive up to the ancient Inca site instead, but either way be sure to relax afterwards in the hot waters of Aguas Calientes. Don’t miss the city of Arequipa, framed by volcanoes and baroque buildings, and Cusco, the capital of the Incan empire. RelatedBabymoons to buddymoons: introducing five new honeymoon trendsBabymoons, buddymoons and maximoons – we reveal the newest alternatives to the traditional honeymoon.Top Ten Honeymoon destinationsNo holiday is as overloaded as expectation and the potential for disaster as a honeymoonCheap flights to dream honeymoon destinationsA honeymoon on a budget doesn’t mean you have to say no to Barbados, the Maldives or any of your other dream destinations. Pause all that stressful wedding prep for a moment and plan the perfect post-wedding holiday, without needing to extend that bank loan. There’s no need to panic,… Luxury: CubaFew cities are as romantic as Havana, with its crumbling mansions, palm trees and Latino music – not to mention those zesty mojitos. Check out the elaborate cabaret at the Tropicana, see where Hemingway wrote (the Ambos Mundos hotel) and drank (El Bodeguito del Medio) and check in to the Sarasota Hotel for the best rooftop pool in town.For plenty more things to do in Havana, read our guide to the city. NOVEMBERBudget: VietnamYes, there’s that long-haul flight to pay for but stick with us – Vietnam is one affordable destination once you get there. Dinners for a pound, beachside villas for less than £30 and a beguiling culture that is yours to explore for free. Spend a few days in energetic Ho Chi Minh City and don’t miss Hoi An, a UNESCO-awarded port town too pretty to be real. It’s also home to Miss Ly’s, the sort of restaurant you’ll be waxing lyrical about to the kids years later. Want to see more? Check out our guide to the best places to visit in Vietnam. Luxury: the Deep SouthApril is the perfect time to visit the steamy city of New Orleans as it gears up for the annual Jazz Festival. There are plenty of opportunities for spontaneous romance: sugar-dusted beignets at Café Du Monde, a horse and carriage ride around the French Quarter, following your ears for live music in the streets. Check out our guide to discover the best things to do in New Orleans. DECEMBERBudget: LondonLondon is at its most romantic in the run up to Christmas, when strolls in the park end with open fires and mulled wine in ancient pubs. Book in to The Arch and you’ll be within shopping bag swinging distance of Oxford Street – and its Christmas lights. Don’t miss a trip to Tower Bridge, to see the new glass floor, and up the Shard, for expansive views over the city. We’ve put together a checklist of festive things to do in London in December so you can tick them off for yourself. Luxury: USAA road trip more your style? Make it a classic, from San Francisco south to San Diego andlong the California coast. You’ll see the Golden Gate Bridge and call in at Monterey Bay before reaching Big Sur, a dramatic stretch of coastline where Glen Oaks offers woodland cabins, each equipped with their own fire pit. Head on south to the bright lights of LA and finally to laidback San Diego, for fish tacos on the beach. Hear it from us: the 10 best things to do in San Diego. Luxury: Western AustraliaExplore a whole new world together at Ningaloo Reef, the world’s longest fringing reef, just off the coast of Western Australia. Sleep under some very luxurious canvas at eco resort Sal Salis and you can swim with the fish – and the turtles and the dolphins – every day. By night, you might even see a kangaroo joining you for a snooze on the terrace. Luxury: East Coast AustraliaSydney is really hotting up for summer by now and makes the ideal first honeymoon stop, with its gorgeous harbour and iconic Opera House. See it all from the very top of the Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb before striking out north, for Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Take a cruise around the Whitsundays for superlative snorkelling and diving. Check out our locals guide to Sydney here.last_img read more

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