Ivy Tech to Expand American Honors Program for More Students

WASHINGTON, DC, January 30, 2014 – Today, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana announces the expansion of the American Honors program to their South Bend and East Chicago campuses. The American Honors program is a selective, two-year associate degree program for students who want to transfer to leading universities in Indiana and across the U.S.

“Expanding the American Honors program is a natural next step in our desire to provide Indiana’s students with the best academic experience,” says Mary Ostrye, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech. “The American Honors program has provided our students with the support and national network needed to successfully transfer to some of the best schools in the country. We are excited to offer this opportunity to even more students next year.”

In collaboration with Quad Learning Inc., Ivy Tech Community College currently offers the American Honors program to over 100 students at the Indianapolis, Lafayette, and Fort Wayne campuses, and will begin classes in Fall 2014 at South Bend and East Chicago. The honors courses are developed and taught by top Ivy Tech faculty with support from American Honors’ instructional designers. The stimulating coursework, individualized academic advising, and innovative learning platform offer students the supports needed to excel in their program and when they transfer.

Students enrolled in the American Honors program at Ivy Tech benefit from transfer opportunities to a growing network of over 30 top four-year college and university partners, including Purdue University, the Ohio State University, Swarthmore and Amherst College.  The first American Honors graduates have been accepted to Stanford, Cornell, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Michigan, USC, Rutgers, Purdue, Reed, and Occidental, and have received significant financial scholarships.

“We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with a thoughtful and innovative community college like Ivy Tech,” says David Finegold, Chief Academic Officer at American Honors. “Ivy Tech has been a great partner, because we share the core mission of providing students from all backgrounds with an affordable, high quality pathway to complete a college degree and then a successful career.”

Ivy Tech Community College was the second community college to join the growing American Honors Network. In fall 2014, the American Honors program will be offered at nine community college campuses across the country, including Community Colleges of Spokane (WA), Mercer County Community College (NJ), and Union County College (NJ).

Students interested in applying are encouraged to visit: Apply.AmericanHonors.org or emailadmissions@americanhonors.org with questions. The selection process is holistic and examines candidates’ leadership abilities, extracurricular activities, academic achievements, standardized test scores, and commitment to the ideals of the program.


American Honors is an honors program offered through the collaboration of Quad Learning and leading community colleges. It is designed to affordably serve students of high motivation and ability for the first two years of their college education. For more information about the American Honors program, and its community college network, visit http://americanhonors.org.