What's new in Academics?

IU Southeast adds new academic partnerships and degree programs

“We are eager to advance the career development of our students and for our region,” said Dr. Kelly Ryan, IU Southeast Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “Many of our students want to stay in this region, and it’s our job to help them advance their careers, to find their pathway to success. With these new degree programs, certificates and partnerships we are fulfilling our mission.”

As campus has returned to normal in-person operations, IU Southeast Academic Affairs has doubled down on creating new degree programs, work-ready certificates and creating partnerships with other academic institutions, to advance opportunities for students. In total, nine new online degree programs, one new in-person degree program and three new certificates are now available.

Leading the list of new degree programs is the Bachelor of Arts Individualized Major in tourism, hospitality, sports management, and event management, which is the only degree of its kind offered in the Kentuckiana area. This degree prepares graduates for a career closely tied to the service industry. In this program, students will learn about the marketing and management of tourist facilities and destinations, convention centers and sport-related entities.

IU Southeast also now offers 100% online undergraduate degrees in digital media and storytelling, Spanish, German and French, and graduate degrees in education in teaching, learning & curriculum, English, as well as Master of Arts for Teachers in French, history and political science. An online, collaborative Educational Specialist degree was also added for graduate students.

Three new certificates are now available for students, including an undergraduate certificate in cybersecurity, a post-baccalaureate certificate in business analytics and a graduate certificate in academic advising. These certificates are designed to upskill employees in their current professions or develop employees for new careers in high demand occupations.

In November, an expanded partnership with Sullivan University was announced, with both campuses offering an accelerated pathway to a Doctor of Pharmacy. High school students admitted to the Direct to PharmD program take their first two years of undergraduate study in Biology or Chemistry and pharmacy prerequisites before transferring to Sullivan to begin the Sullivan Pharmacy program. Students will graduate in five years with both their bachelor's degree from IU Southeast and Pharmacy degree from the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Additionally, IU Southeast and Ivy Tech Sellersburg have entered a new dual admissions partnership. High school students entering Ivy Tech Sellersburg pursuing an associate degree can automatically be admitted to IU Southeast receiving increased access to services and seamless transfer to IU Southeast once they’ve completed their program at Ivy Tech. Students maintaining a good standing in the Green-Crimson Dual Admissions program are eligible for:

  • Advising from IU Southeast academic advisors.
  • Participation in IU Southeast's Research and Creativity Conference.
  • Attendance at IU Southeast events relevant to their degree and interest area.
  • Financial aid counseling.
  • Access to the IU Southeast library, bookstore, athletic events, and events at the Ogle Center that do not have fees for admission.
  • $500 or $1000 transfer scholarship depending on credit hours earned, which can be renewable for an additional year depending on academic standing.

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