Owens Community College Arts and Science graduates now will be able to transfer to Bluffton College as juniors under an articulation agreement signed today by officials of the two institutions.
Continuing to meet head-on the educational needs of area residents, Owens Community College President Daniel H. Brown and Bluffton College Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. John Kampen signed an agreement creating a seamless transfer system for students from the community college to this four-year institution.
"The development of this articulation agreement demonstrates the commitment our institutions have to serving the ever-increasing educational needs of our students and our communities," President Brown said. "These agreements are critical in providing area residents with access to quality higher education at an affordable price."
Owens Community College's change in status in July 1994 from a technical college to a comprehensive community college allows the first two years of a bachelor's degree to be offered along with the technical career-oriented associate degrees and certificates the College has specialized in for more than 32 years.
"We are most pleased to enter into this new articulation agreement with Owens Community College," Dr. Kampen said. "We see this agreement as the first step in what we hope will be a long and creative relationship with Owens Community College. It demonstrates our intent to work in a cooperative manner with other institutions of higher learning in the area to assure that everyone who chooses to advance their education will have the opportunity to do so."
Last fall, 1,194 students enrolled in Owens' Associate of Arts and Science programs at the Toledo-area campus, which was an increase of 35 percent from the previous year. At the Findlay Campus, there were 211 students in the programs - the single largest area of enrollment at that campus.
"We have observed this growth of the program at Owens with admiration and are delighted that we now can recognize the development through this agreement," Dr. Kampen said. "It demonstrates the commitment of Bluffton College to serving the higher education needs of all persons in Northwest Ohio."
Owens Community College has signed similar agreements with Ashland University, Bowling Green State University, Defiance College, Eastern Michigan University, Heidelberg College, Lourdes College, The University of Findlay, Tiffin University, University of Michigan, University of Toledo and Youngstown State University. Owens Community College will continue to work with other public and private colleges and universities in Ohio and Michigan to develop additional agreements.
Bluffton College is a four-year Christian liberal arts college that awards degrees in more than 30 undergraduate majors. It is fully accredited by the North Central Association and is associated with the General Conference Mennonite Church. Founded in 1899 as Central Mennonite College, it was re-organized as Bluffton College in 1914 and now enrolls more than 1,150 students.