August 12, 2013 - Important Update Regarding Fall Classes

Dear Students -

Tiffin University (TU) is pleased to offer you the opportunity to continue pursuing your educational goals either by continuing in your current online TU associate’s degree program or applying to transfer into TU’s online or seated bachelor’s degree programs. If you have not yet completed your associate’s degree and decide to apply for admission into our bachelor’s degree programs and are admitted, Tiffin University will honor your current Ivy Bridge College tuition rate through May, 2014, which is the end of the current academic year.

Next steps…

For students who only want to complete their online associate’s degree:

If you have already scheduled your Fall Term 1 or Term 2 classes through Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University, you have already taken all the steps needed. We will ensure that your schedule is ready and will directly follow-up with you if there are any questions.

If you would like to make changes to your current schedule or have not scheduled yet, please reach out to your academic advisor immediately at 866-944-4228 or studentinfo@ivybridge.tiffin.edu.

Registration ends soon, so call today.

For students who want to transfer to our online bachelor’s degree programs:

If you would like to continue with Tiffin University and work towards a bachelor’s degree, either online or in the seated format, please contact Kristyn Wilkins at wilkinske@tiffin.edu or 419-448-3312. You may also fill out a very quick application at this address: http://www.tiffin.edu/apply/ibc/ and a TU representative will reach out to you to discuss your bachelor’s degree options.

Those of us at Tiffin University look forward to personally helping you achieve your educational goals. In addition, all Ivy Bridge College students are eligible to request official transcripts free of charge through December 31, 2013. Please be sure that the transcript you receive from Tiffin University shows the Tiffin University address as 155 Miami St., Tiffin, OH 44883. If you wish to request a transcript, please go to the Tiffin University website at http://www.tiffin.edu/academics/resources/transcripts/TranscriptRequest.pdf to download the form and submit it to the Registration and Records Office at Tiffin University.

Sincerely,

Paul Marion, Ph.D.
President, Tiffin University

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August 8th, 2013 (5pm EDT) - Victory for IBC Students: HLC Concedes

Dear Students -

We have some great news!

We’ve been working hard to advocate on your behalf, and we are happy to report that today the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has conceded that all Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University students can continue in their online associate's degree program through Tiffin University. (It just can't be through IBC)

This means that students do not have to transfer to outside institutions to complete their associate's degree online. This also means that students who only have a few classes remaining until graduation will be unaffected and can continue their coursework and graduate on time.

We are so happy that HLC has allowed you to continue your associate's degree online with Tiffin University. If you have any questions, need to make changes to your schedule, or need to register for fall classes, please contact us at 1-866-944-4228 or studentinfo@ivybridge.tiffin.edu immediately. The deadline to register for the fall semester is quickly approaching, so don't delay.

We sincerely apologize for the stress this has caused you, but we here to support you and help you continue towards your academic goals.

Sincerely,

Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University
studentinfo@ivybridge.tiffin.edu
1-866-944-4228

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August 8th, 2013 (9:30am EDT) - An Open Letter to Ivy Bridge College Students

Dear Students -

First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Paul Freedman. I'm the CEO of Altius Education, and I'm the person who first came up with the idea of Ivy Bridge College.

I know that you all have had a very bad week. I have seen your posts on Facebook and heard from your success coaches and admissions advisors. I know that you're are angry, confused, depressed, and disappointed. If it means anything, so am I. I'm not sure that I fully understand why all this has happened to you, but I'll do my best to tell you what I do know.

When Ivy Bridge College was founded in 2008, it was an original idea. The concept was to provide a high-quality, online education in a highly-supportive learning environment for people who needed more flexibility on their pathway to an associate's degree, bachelor's degree, or higher.

Ivy Bridge College functioned as a partnership between my company, Altius Education, and your university, Tiffin University. So, your success coach worked for Altius, and your instructors worked for Tiffin; your admissions advisor worked for Altius, and your tutor worked for Tiffin. Ivy Bridge College was a true joint venture.

On July 24th, Tiffin and Altius were told by Tiffin's accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that Ivy Bridge College needed to stop admitting students almost immediately and that we needed to end offering associate's degrees through Ivy Bridge College on October 20th (after the Fall Term 1 session). This news was a shock to all of us. At first, we tried to see if something could be done, but when we realized we were powerless, we let all of you know the sad news as soon as possible.

Most people, including many people who work in education, don't even know what an 'accreditor' is... Essentially, these are old academic societies (the first one was established in 1885) that over time have gained the power to decide what a university is, how a university should be structured, and what organizations are allowed to be universities. HLC has the power to shut down Ivy Bridge College, or even shut other colleges, and there is not much anybody can do about it.

I don't know the true motivation behind HLC's decision to issue a directive that is forcing us to close Ivy Bridge College. They have said in the press that our classes weren't hard enough; I'm sure any of you would disagree. They have called Ivy Bridge College a 'Bridge to nowhere', and I know that our alumni who have continued on to Ohio State, Penn State, USC, and Pepperdine and other alumni who have used their degree to get a better career would disagree with that too.

So, I can't give you the true motivation on why this has happened to us, but I do know this: most people who work at places like HLC (including many who work in higher education) were lucky when they went to college. They weren't taking classes while working full-time jobs like most of you. They certainly didn't have to take care of their children while going to school at the same time like many of you do. Frankly, I was lucky that way, and from my experience, many people don't understand how easy their college experience was. I have seen firsthand how hard you work, how smart you are, and how much potential you have. Those who haven't seen it probably don't know.

Many students who come to Ivy Bridge College say that they chose us because 'we believed in them.' I know that the events over the last week may have caused you to stop believing in us, but WE WILL NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN YOU.

Now, our job is to find a new home for you after October 20th. For those of you who will continue at Tiffin after the Fall Term 1 session, our job is to make that as seamless as possible. For those of you who want an associate's degree or want to go someplace else, our job is to find you options that will allow you to complete your degree on time without spending any more money than you would have at Tiffin. We are working on this tirelessly, and we will have choices for you soon. That is a promise.

In the meantime, please, please, please don't let this stop you from pursuing your dream. You came to Ivy Bridge College to get a better job, a better life, or maybe to provide a better example for your children. That goal is still out there. It is still in your reach, so don't stop reaching for it. We are hopeful that we will find a way to continue to support your journey. However, your journey has to continue with or without us, and that is the most important thing.

In addition to my two children, your success is a great source of pride in my life. Please continue to make me proud.

Yours,
Paul

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August 1st, 2013 - Important Announcement Regarding Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University

Dear Students -

This message is to let you know about recent changes at Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University, and to provide you with information and resources about your options as you continue with your college education.

On July 24, 2013, Tiffin University was notified by the commission that accredits our degree programs, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), that we must discontinue offering associate degree programs through Ivy Bridge College as of October 20, 2013. This date is coming up soon and falls after the conclusion of the first seven-week term of this fall. However, it will not affect your coursework or assignments and you will still be able to attend class, meet with your professors, and complete your courses for this term.

Because Ivy Bridge College has successfully provided students throughout the U.S. with high-quality associate degree programs, and we have so many satisfied students like yourself, HLC’s decision to end the program came as a surprise to all of us.

Despite this change, we are dedicated to ensuring that you, and all of Ivy Bridge’s students, have the opportunity to continue your college education at a quality university that will support you just as much as we have. All of us at Ivy Bridge College are here to help you continue on your path to getting the degree of your choice and will work hard to make sure your goals for your education will not be impacted by this recent change.

After Ivy Bridge College separates from Tiffin University on October 20th, you will have a number of options:

(1) If you already meet the bachelor’s degree admission requirements at Tiffin University, you may transfer to Tiffin’s bachelor’s degree program and take courses, either online or seated, from the university to complete your degree.

(2) You may continue your associate degree program online at an institution that has agreed to accept Ivy Bridge College students.

(3) You may transfer to one of Ivy Bridge College’s existing transfer institutions who have agreed to offer Ivy Bridge students the option to transfer early.

(4) You may transfer to any college or university that you apply to and are accepted at.

Regardless of your choice, the staff at Ivy Bridge College are here to help you weigh your options and guide you through the transfer process. We are here to make this transition as seamless as possible and are available to offer any assistance we can.

If you have any questions about the change or if you’d like to talk to someone about how to continue with your education, please call us at 1-866-944-4228. You can also email us at studentinfo@ivybridge.tiffin.edu.

We will continue to keep you updated about any new opportunities or options for your education as we get closer to the October 20th date.

I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or stress this change may cause you. In the weeks ahead, all of us here at Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University are available to help you through this transition. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Paul Marion
President

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