Quote from forgop
Why would Ivy Tech go to complete merit based acceptance? That doesn't seem to be the case in other fields not dominated by white males where lower merit applicants are accepted over higher merit applicants. Look at cut offs for graduate programs, law school, med school, etc and you'll see the numbers speak for themselves.
Regardless of a waitlist or whatever, there's only so many spots to go around. Sadly, I learned that a 19 year old taking a couple of classes and getting A's in them would have a higher PRIORITY of acceptance because I already have 2 other degrees.
Are you familiar with how Ivy Tech operates its nursing programs?
I started at Ivy Tech in the Fall of 2009. To be accepted into either the PN or RN program, they require that you take four pre-req classes: A&P1, A&P2, psychology, and English composition. I think that now they may also require a college algebra class. Your grades from those classes are added to your TEAS score, and the resulting number is used to select students for the nursing programs. Acceptance is totally, 100% based on your performance in your pre-req classes and on your score on the TEAS test.
It is objective in every sense of the word. I was accepted into the nursing program on my first try and started nursing classes in the Fall of 2010. I have one year left. If you're not accepted you're welcome to re-take pre-req classes to try for a better grade or improve your TEAS score and apply again, but there is no "wait list."
Ivy Tech is a community college.
It's purpose is to provide cheap, quality education to everyone, regardless of their age, race, gender, etc. To do anything else would be illegal. Comparing a state community college with law school or med school doesn't make any sense. The average age of people in my program is probably 30-32, and many of them have BAs already. One is a former teacher, a few have biology degrees, the list could go on and on. Many, many of them are second-career seekers. As a 22-year-old with no previous degrees or career, I am probably in the minority.