Name: Inver Hills Community College
President: Tim Wynes
City: Inver Grove Heights
Campus Setting: Suburban, Large City
Year Established: 1970
Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2010 IPEDS Data
2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 6,374
Part Time: 60.7%
Full Time: 39.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 5.2%
Native American: 0.5%
Quote from the President
“Inver Hills is the only comprehensive community college in a county of 400,000 people. Our student population is a true reflection of the new Minnesota—with Somali, Hmong, Latino and other ethnic and racial minorities pursuing higher education on our campus. Off-campus, we have embarked on a partnership with K-12 schools in our surrounding communities to prepare students in the academic middle for college through our Leading and Developing Readiness program. This program will reduce the number of developmental classes students need to take upon entering college, minimizing the time it takes them to complete their college degree and lessening their financial burden in the process.”
- Inver Hills has long offered certificates and associate degrees, but new partnerships with two area private colleges now allow students to earn bachelor’s degrees in accounting, organizational management and leadership and social work, as well as the master of business administration, all from our scenic, suburban campus. We will add a third private college and two new degree options—bachelor’s degrees in business and allied health care management—in early 2013.
- The college serves the community in a big way by offering four models of service-learning opportunities to our students—something other two-year colleges have not done—resulting in thousands of hours of service given to our local communities, and hundreds of community agencies served. These efforts range from documenting the contemporary immigrant experience for a local historical society, to growing and donating fresh produce for local food shelves and providing one-on-one therapeutic interventions to Alzheimer’s patients at a nearby care center.
- Beginning in fall 2012, students in the international baccalaureate program at South St. Paul Public Schools can graduate from high school with an associate degree from Inver Hills without ever stepping foot on a college campus or paying for a college course. This partnership breaks down barriers to higher education and offers both academic and financial benefits to youths in our community.