TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - One Indiana College could be forced to close some of its campuses.
Ivy Tech Community College announced this month it's facing budget problems, even after the school approved a recent tuition hike.
And Thursday, school administrators held a meeting to talk about how they plan to move forward.
Ivy Tech announced they may need to close 24 sites across the state of Indiana.
The school is facing a 68 million dollar budget deficit.
To help bridge the gap, the Ivy Tech State President said they may have to close some sites.
There are 72 sites total in Indiana.
These aren't all major campus locations like the one seen here in southern vigo county.
Some of them are lease sites.
The plan calls for potentially closing up to a quarter of those.
Part of the problems Ivy Tech is facing is they've survived a lot of years on adjunct faculty.
With the new health care, it basically will take that away from them.
They'll have to hire over 300 full-time faculty. To do that, they have to have adequate funding.
They're trying to avoid capping enrollment.
But here's the problem.
Many at-risk students don't have access to transportation and computers. Rural schools give them that.
Building projects are put on hold to make sure there's money to operate what they have.
But they're doing everything in their power to avoid shutting down these schools.
"It's extremely heartwarming when you go to graduation and see so many people that not only are they the first ones in their family that ever got any kind of college degree but in many cases they're the first ones to graduate from high school..the one that needs it the most is the one that suffers the most," said Bruce Walkup, state board.
The closings are determined on a case-by-case statewide basis.
There are no plans to consolidate schools in the Terre Haute region. Only underperforming regions could be consolidated.
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