SFCC President Dr. Marsha Drennon and UCM President Dr. Charles Ambrose Tuesday signed the official memorandum of agreement on the SFCC campus. It will take effect in fall 2012. According to the agreement:
• SFCC students will be granted junior status in UCM undergraduate programs if they have completed the Associate of Arts or Associate of Arts in Teaching degree from SFCC. UCM will accept all college-level credit from SFCC, though some credit may be elective credit.
• UCM students may transfer credits for course work earned at UCM to SFCC in order to complete some requirements for an associate degree.
This “reverse transfer” agreement also would enable SFCC students who transfer to UCM before receiving their associate degrees to complete them, pending their further efforts toward obtaining a bachelor’s degree.
• Students at SFCC and UCM may participate in a dual admission program in which they may transfer from one institution to the other, alternate enrollment between the two institutions or co-enroll in both institutions at their discretion.
“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with UCM,” said Drennon. “Students will be able to transfer seamlessly between the two colleges, making it easier for them to complete their degree programs. Students will enjoy access to library and athletic facilities and other resources at both SFCC and UCM. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students.”
Ambrose said the agreement continues a longstanding relationship that has existed between SFCC and UCM.
“We’re proud to continue to collaborate with SFCC to look for ways we can better serve our students,” Ambrose said. “Opportunities such as this agreement formalize this commitment, while also contributing to the overall quality of the students’ experience in higher education and ultimately their success.”
The joint effort between SFCC and UCM is also consistent with the state’s efforts to aid student retention and make education more accessible to Missouri students through legislation that enables them to more seamlessly transfer credits between two- year and four-year institutions, he added.
Rick Sluder, vice president for enrollment management at UCM, said during the past year, faculty and administrators from SFCC and UCM have visited each institution, finding ways both institutions can work together to serve students. Such efforts have strengthened relationships between faculty at the program level who worked together to revise and update several transfer agreements. They developed transfer guides, giving students assurance that the courses they take at each institution will transfer to the other.
Another outgrowth of these discussions has been the development of a program in which an academic advisor from UCM spends at least one day each week on the SFCC campus working with students who intend to transfer to UCM. Drennon said UCM’s advisor is on the SFCC campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Proctor Library.
Both schools are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and recognize credits earned by other regionally accredited colleges and universities. Submitted photo.