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Monday, February 10, 2020 6:10 pm

PFW, Ivy Tech collaborate to give students new chance

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Students who can't get into Purdue University Fort Wayne based on their high school grades now have a second chance to become a Mastodon through a new collaboration with neighboring Ivy Tech Community College.

Under the new Titan to Mastodon Connection program, such first-time applicants seeking full-time student status at Purdue Fort Wayne will be referred to Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and guaranteed admission to the university upon successful completion of the dual-enrollment program, the campuses announced Monday.

Named after the schools' mascots, the program is an collaboration that leverages the strength and quality of each school to help students, said Ronald Elsenbaumer, chancellor of Purdue Fort Wayne.

"Some students who greatly desire a Purdue degree and the high level of achievement it represents need our help finding a more appropriate pathway to success than what has traditionally been available," Elsenbaumer said in a statement.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier said this is another way the community college supports student success in northeast Indiana.

"Titan to Mastodon Connection sends a strong message that Ivy Tech Fort Wayne and Purdue Fort Wayne are dedicated to students who need the additional academic and community support that Ivy Tech is perfectly positioned to provide," Mosier said in a statement.

Historically, applicants with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.499 would receive conditional acceptance to Purdue Fort Wayne, and those above a 2.5 GPA would be accepted as regular admission, university spokesman Geoff Thomas said by email.

Applicants with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.299 at high school graduation are encouraged to participate in the new program, Thomas said. Most of these students will take six to nine credit hours at the university, he added.

More than 125 fall semester applicants qualify for the new program, according to a news release.

Participants may take general education courses at both schools in pursuit of an associate degree, the release said. Earned credits will be fully transferable so they can be applied toward a bachelor's degree at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Those who qualify for the new program but don't participate will be allowed to take up to 11 credit hours, Thomas said, noting full-time students must take at least 12 hours.

Participants also will have the advantages of being treated as a full-time student at each school, including financial aid and student housing, even if they don't enroll in 12 or more credit hours, the release said.

Carl Drummond, a Purdue Fort Wayne vice chancellor, said that is an important aspect.

"Our goal for this program is to provide an opportunity for students to take advantage of the academic support services of both universities while providing a more economical entry point to post-secondary education," he said in a statement.

At a glance

Students may contact Purdue University Fort Wayne or Ivy Tech Community College's Fort Wayne Campus for more information about the Titan to Mastodon Connection program.

• Reach Purdue Fort Wayne at 260-481-6812 or

• Reach Ivy Tech Fort Wayne at 260-480-2039 or

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