Ball State University and Ivy Tech Community College in
Muncie have launched a dual-enrollment partnership to offer students a transitional
pathway to a bachelor’s degree.
Navigating the Enrolled Student Transition (NEST) is a dual-enrollment
program in which select high school students who have applied to Ball State,
but have not yet been accepted, will enroll at Ivy Tech in Muncie and live in Ball State residence halls. Participating
students will take general education and pre-requisite courses at Ivy Tech’s
Muncie campus and take one class per semester at Ball State.
Students who complete the NEST program with a GPA of 2.5
or better will complete their Indiana College Core requirements and earn guaranteed
admission to Ball State, where they will continue their academic journey by achieving
a two-year associate’s degree from Ivy Tech and, ultimately, a four-year
bachelor’s degree from Ball State.
The inaugural cohort of NEST students will begin the
program in the Fall 2022 semester.
“I am grateful to Ivy Tech for this partnership, which
provides a transitional pathway for students to fully immerse themselves in our
campus communities while gaining the credits needed to seamlessly transfer to
Ball State as a full-time student in good standing the following year,” said
Ball State President Geoffrey
S. Mearns. “The NEST program is an innovative way to attract students to
Muncie and Delaware County. It is yet another example of Ball State working
with partners across the state to actively engage with students to stay in
Indiana and earn their college education.”
Jeffrey S. Scott, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Muncie campus,
said the NEST program aligns with Ivy Tech’s outcome-driven core values that
focus on student success, educational attainment, collaboration with
educational partners, and culture of inclusion.
“This is an innovative guaranteed transfer program in
that students can live in Ball State’s dormitories, attend classes at our
beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities in downtown Muncie, and have the
college experience that both institutions offer,” Chancellor Scott said. “Our NEST students
will have the opportunity to complete, at a minimum, the Indiana College Core
by the end of the first year. This collaboration is yet another example of how
Muncie institutions are working together to do the right things for the right
reasons. Ball State and Ivy Tech Muncie are committed to student
engagement and success as well as community partnerships.”
Through the NEST program, students will be connected to a
support team that includes Ivy Tech transfer advocates and Ball State
transfer advisors, student success coaches, and academic advisors. Participating
students will be advised on course selection to complete the Indiana College
Core and provided proactive support to ensure strong academic performance.
NEST students will live in residence halls alongside
other Ball State students and can participate in most campus community
activities, providing a positive incorporation into campus life.
“At Ball State, we are proud to partner with Ivy Tech to support
the academic success and personal growth of our students through safe,
comfortable, affordable, and diverse living and learning communities,” said Paula
Luff, vice president for enrollment planning and management at Ball State.
“Living on campus can be one of the most rewarding experiences a student has
during their time at Ball State, and the NEST program is a great way to bridge
the gap academically while getting involved in numerous activities within our University
For more information about
the dual-enrollment program, contact the Ball
State Transfer Center at 765-285-5604 or firstname.lastname@example.org.