6th Largest Graduate School of Education Relocating from Illinois to Indiana
Indianapolis (June 7, 2011) – American College of Education (ACE), an academic institution that provides online graduate degrees for working educators seeking advanced degrees, announced today that it will move its main campus from Chicago to Indianapolis, creating up to 40 new jobs by 2014.
Founded by a national team of education researchers and practitioners to address the advanced degree needs of in-service educators around the world, the organization will invest $1.2 million to establish its new headquarters in 12,000 square feet of space at 161 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. American College of Education has already begun transitioning to Indiana and expects to be operational in the Hoosier State in August.
"Though not the first company to choose Indiana's low-tax, business friendly environment over Illinois and other states, American College of Education's cross-border move is a significant indicator that our state has a climate welcoming to new jobs and investment," said Governor Mitch Daniels.
American College of Education was established in 2005, but its roots go back to 1858 through its predecessor, DePaul University. The organization offers master's degree programs in educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, educational technology, ESL, bilingual education, reading, math and science. In addition the College delivers professional development courses designed to address specific state and district needs.
"We believe that the state leadership and strategic vision of the state make it one of the nation's leaders in education reform. We are committed to partnering with the school districts and the state to help them achieve their learning goals for all the school children of Indiana," said Sandra J. Doran, president of ACE. "We believe that ACE can play a major collaborative role in supporting the professional educators of the state. Our vision is to continue to build the country's most comprehensive, affordable, high quality online educational environment where working teachers and school administrators can grow intellectually and enhance their classroom effectiveness and district leadership skills."
In addition to relocating many of their current staff, American College of Education will begin hiring for the 40 additional academic, administrative, support and professor positions once its move is complete in August.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered American College of Education up to $400,000 in performance-based tax credits based on the company's job creation plans.
"The stable, affordable and pro-growth economic environment found in Indianapolis versus other cities plays a significant role in our ability to attract new companies. ACE is another example of a company that has recognized all Indianapolis has to offer and made the choice to relocate here. We look forward to welcoming them to our city," said Mayor Greg Ballard.
About American College of Education
American College of Education is solely dedicated to providing educators the most affordable, high-quality online master's degree programs in education. The College's vision is to dramatically improve student performance by enhancing the instructional effectiveness of teachers through transformative technology and innovative online learning. American College of Education is based in Chicago, Illinois. It currently serves online students nationally and internationally. American College of Education is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). For more information about American College of Education, visit www.ace.edu.
Created by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Daniels. Mitch Roob serves as the chief executive officer of the IEDC. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.