Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College professors Gwenn Eldridge and Martha Bugher, leaders at the national and state levels of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), highlighted Ivy Tech’s successful co-requisite reading and writing program during a special summit that followed NADE’s 39th annual conference in Greenville, S.C., last week.

Eldridge, associate professor and department chair of the University Transfer Division at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, was installed as NADE president at the organization’s annual conference and will lead the group through the next year. She is also immediate past president of its Indiana affiliate, the Indiana Association for Developmental Education (INADE). Bugher, assistant professor of English at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, was installed as INADE’s president during the 2015 state conference.

They presented “Integrated Reading and Writing in the Co-Requisite Course Framework” in a session of the National Summit on Integrated Reading & Writing, co-sponsored by NADE and the College Reading and Learning Association.

“Ivy Tech Community College has embraced both stand-alone integrated reading and writing (IRW) and the co-requisite model, which allows students to begin ‘for-credit’ classes in tandem with remedial work,” Eldridge said. “We have implemented IRW/co-requisite design in our course throughout the state. At the summit, we talked about how the new course was created, how it was implemented and the results we’ve had, including statewide data.”

The National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) brings together a membership of 3,000 postsecondary educators and administrators from all 50 states, U.S. territories and other nations, with 31 state and regional chapters, to “improve the theory and practice of developmental education at all levels of the educational spectrum.” Developmental education is a comprehensive process that focuses on the intellectual, social, and emotional growth and development of all students and includes tutoring, personal/career counseling, academic advisement, and coursework.

The national conference followed the 2015 INADE conference convened in Indianapolis earlier in February. As presidents-elect of the two organizations last year, Eldridge and Bugher led in planning and presenting their 2015 conferences.

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“The Ivy Tech community can be extremely proud to have two of our professors serving in top leadership in this organization that does so much to foster student success,” said Kim King, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region. “And we also can be extremely proud that our work to improve student development in reading and writing will be featured as Indiana’s contribution to the national summit.”

Eldridge began her career in higher education as a marketing and publications administrator at Texas Southern University, Butler University and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She joined Ivy Tech Kokomo in 2000 as regional executive director of marketing and communications and an instructor of composition and served as program chair and instructor of developmental English from 2007 to 2013. She was honored as Ivy Tech’s 2013 instructor of the year at the Kokomo campus.

Eldridge earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Indiana University and a Master of Arts in English from Butler University and has completed coursework for a doctoral degree in rhetoric and composition from Ball State University.

Bugher began her career as a middle and high school English teacher at Taylor Middle School and Plymouth High School. She joined Ivy Tech as an instructor of developmental reading and writing in 2011 and has since moved into teaching developmental and program courses. She was honored as Ivy Tech’s 2013 instructor of the year at the Logansport campus.

After starting her education at Ivy Tech’s Kokomo campus, Bugher moved on to earn both her Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Indiana University.