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Low graduation rates plague Ivy Tech system

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's cash-strapped community college system faces scrutiny over its graduation rates as it works to shore up its role as the linchpin needed to close the state's skilled-worker gap.

State data show just 4 percent of students at Ivy Tech Community College graduate within two years and only 23 percent earn diplomas in six years. That's making officials wary of pumping more money into the system.

Ivy Tech leaders dispute the calculations. President Tom Snyder tells The Indianapolis Star the state only counts "first-time, full-time" students. He says that isn't representative of the student body.

Ivy Tech says it guides about half of its students toward "success" within six years. That definition includes students who haven't completed degrees.

Snyder contends reducing funding will reduce the number of degrees.

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