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November 15, 2010

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Ivy Tech Enrollment

Fall enrollment at Ivy Tech in Greencastle has increased by more than twenty percent this year. Executive Director of Resource Development, Becky Miller, says fall enrollment is close to 800 while last fall it was at 630. She says Ivy Tech is happy with the growth.

MILLER: (Oh it’s, we’re definitely very excited about the growth that we’ve seen in Greencastle. You know one of things that just happened at the beginning of the fall is that we’ve had to add a parking lot. So it’s a true testament to folks taking advantage of that location.)

Miller says over sixty percent of students are from Putnam County and fifteen percent from Hendrix. There are also some students from Clay and Park Counties. Miller says the highest enrollment is in health science, but business administration is growing. She says most students are adults, but the average age is decreasing. It is now close to the twenty-six year age-range.

Greencastle Completes ADA Ramp Reconstruction

The Indian summer in Greencastle sped up the reconstruction of sidewalk corners around the city. Ramps on forty-seven sidewalk corners are being updated. Greencastle mayor, Sue Murray, says the new ramps will meet the American with Disabilities Act codes. State and federal codes change over time to ensure easy mobility for persons with disabilities. The old ramps in the city did not meet the updated guidelines. Murray explains the changes needed.

MURRAY: In some cases we just had sidewalks that ended with a slight ramp down to the street. What they like to see now is something that indicates that there is a street corner is coming, and thus we have an almost dimple like orange being put down now to alert people, especially if sight impaired, that the corner is coming.

Murray says each year the city picks out a number of sidewalks to update. The ramp reconstruction and sidewalk repair costs one hundred twenty five thousand, six hundred dollars. Murray says the funds come from local road and street dollars and Ebert dollars. The city council decides how much will be spent on the sidewalk projects based on the revenues the city receives each year. The final construction should be complete within the week.

Changes In The Process Of Giving Out SPAC Codes

The registrar’s office is changing the process of giving students SPAC codes to keep students from abusing them. SPAC codes are passwords that students enter when registering for classes to directly enroll them in a class. Registrar Ken Kirkpatrick says students misuse the current system. Students are supposed to enter their SPAC codes before they register for the lottery of other classes, but instead are doing it afterwards. This causes an increase in class size that Kirkpatrick says the school wants to avoid. Kirkpatrick says that professors have a certain number of students they want in the class, but the current SPAC code process is making this number hard to maintain. By entering the code after the lottery, more students can enter an already full class.

KIRKPATRICK: “It causes problems for instructors because they don’t always figure the limits right so that the course will fill up and the people, three or four students, who have SPACS will add the course, and now it’s three or four over.”

Kirkpatrick says that he is still working on the SPAC code changes and hopes to have the adjustment complete by next year.

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