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December 30, 2013

RAY MOSCOWITZ: Theresa Murphy brings a lot to Ivy Tech in Peru

Experience informs her understanding of the challenges students face.

(Continued)

The Peru site’s budget is 2.5 percent of the Kokomo Region’s budget, Murphy said. The Region’s budget is financed by enrollment and state funds. The exact percentage contributed by each varies, depending on state funding allocations and total enrollment.

The greatest expense in both Peru and the Region is personnel costs — part-time and full-time faculty and staff, Murphy said.

There are two full-time faculty members in Peru, both in the nursing program. Most classes are staffed by adjunct faculty in Peru, although some are taught by full-time faculty members from other campuses.

In all, the Region employs 70 full-time and 250 adjunct faculty members.

Working with faculty is one part of Murphy’s “average day,” which, in reality, doesn’t exist.

She also spends time with students, attends meetings with college and community members (which involves serving on committees), and deals with staff and planning issues.

Asked what kind of feedback she is getting from students, Murphy responded:

“Most of [what] we hear is very positive. I am certain that we have students who are pursuing post-secondary education that they would not have been able to do so if Ivy Tech did not have a physical presence in Peru. We have heard students tell this story time and again.”

As in any institution, business or organization, there are complaints, but Murphy said she doesn’t hear many from either students or members in the community.

Compliments offset complaints.

“I have received compliments about the work I’ve done here in Peru,” Murphy said. “My staff gets compliments for the work they do with our students every day. Affirmation, especially when it’s coming from a student who has achieved a milestone, is a great reward for the work we do. That’s why we’re here, and it means a lot to us to be able to share in their successes.”

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