Huntington, Ivy Tech sign credit transfer agreement

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University and Ivy Tech Community College have signed an agreement that will streamline the process for students transferring from Ivy Tech’s Associate of Science in business administration program to Huntington’s Bachelor of Science in business administration program.

The agreement is in effect for courses taken beginning in the fall of 2008.

“Currently, each student’s transcript has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis,” said Dr. Rick Upchurch, director of Huntington’s EXCEL Adult Degree Programs. “With this new agreement, those graduating with an associate degree in business administration from Ivy Tech will have an upfront awareness of how their credits will transfer.”

Students may transfer into any of the bachelor’s degree programs EXCEL offers including business administration, accounting, human resource management and not-for-profit leadership. However, those enrolling in the business administration program would receive the greatest number of transfer credits due to the similarity of Ivy Tech’s business administration program.

“Huntington University is pleased to partner with Ivy Tech in this way,” said Dr. Steve Holtrop, associate dean for graduate and adult studies. “I think this arrangement provides a win-win situation, especially for working adults looking to further their education.”

“I’m very excited about this opportunity for Ivy Tech Community College students, especially for those at the Wabash campus,” said Brad Thurmond, executive director of Ivy Tech Community College Wabash. “With Huntington University’s EXCEL program located just a few blocks from our campus, this partnership will allow our business administration students a high quality and convenient path to a bachelor’s degree. I look forward to future collaborations with our friends and partners at Huntington University.”

EXCEL offers evening classes tailored to the schedule of most working adults. Classes are held one night per week, one subject at a time. Classes last five to eight weeks and lead to an associate degree in organizational management or bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, human resource management or not-for-profit leadership.

EXCEL offers classes in Huntington, Columbia City and Wabash with courses to be offered in Fort Wayne beginning in February 2009.

For more information about the EXCEL program, log on to, call (260) 563-2505 or (800) 600-4888.

Ivy Tech Community College is one of the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college systems and the state’s second largest public post-secondary institution with nearly 120,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has 23 campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash counties and includes campuses in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru and Wabash. To learn more about Ivy Tech, visit

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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