Last week, it was announced that Indiana Wesleyan University will accept transfer credits from ITT Technical Institute students. This announcement was made after the institute announced its closure on Sept. 6.
Dr. David Wright, president of IWU, said the university will accept up to 90 credits from transfer students. In addition to the credit transfer, he said IWU will also give them a 10 percent scholarship to “assist them in making the transition.”
“We want to do all we can reasonably do to help ITT students who are struggling under very difficult circumstances,” Wright said.
There was a press conference held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Indiana State Capitol Building for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to give more details about this.
According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, ITT Tech closed due to two years of “increased scrutiny by its accreditor and the U.S. Department of Education.”
The Indiana Commission also stated at the press conference that ITT closed all 136 of its locations. The Indiana campuses are located in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Merrillville and Newburg.
According to Dr. R. David Rose, vice president of nonresidential programs, IWU has worked with ITT Tech for the past 30 years, evaluating the courses and working with the students who wanted to attend IWU in the future.
Because of ITT Tech’s closure, Rose said he encourages other schools and universities to assist these “displaced students” by offering them additional resources.
“IWU is honored to respond to this request and believe we are impacting our community for Christ,” Rose said.”
Read the full statement from Dr. David Wright below:
“For thirty years we have been serving ITT students by providing a well respect pathway for them to transfer their ITT coursework into degree programs at IWU. Over the years our IWU faculty have evaluated over 500 ITT courses to ensure that they meet our accreditation standards. So, following the closure of ITT, for existing ITT students we will accept up to 90 credits in transfer toward an IWU degree. We will also provide a 10% scholarship to assist them in making the transition. There will be some exceptions to these provisions because of accreditation and professional licensure requirements that we must meet. But we want to do all we can reasonably do to help ITT students who are struggling under very difficult circumstances.”