Owens Community College Arts and Science graduates now will be able to
transfer smoothly as juniors - and have the opportunity to receive a
$2,000 scholarship to Cleveland State University.
During a joint news conference Thursday at Owens, Daniel H. Brown, Owens President, and Dr. William Shorrock, Cleveland State Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, signed an agreement creating a seamless transfer system for students from the community college to the four-year institution.
"This important agreement will stimulate degree completion by guaranteeing transferability of credits. It represents a unique precedent of collaboration between our institutions as it removes traditional barriers to the smooth and efficient transfer from two-year to four-year programs," Dr. Shorrock said. "We are delighted that we can now offer open access to students who desire a seamless transition from associate to baccalaureate level programs."
Dr. Shorrock also announced that the University will extend its community college scholarship program to include Owens' associate degree graduates from 1999 or subsequent years, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher. These graduates automatically will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the University.
This is the first articulation agreement Cleveland State University has signed outside of Northeastern Ohio.
"I am especially proud that our faculties have worked together to craft this agreement," Dr. Shorrock added. "Their cooperative efforts reflect the highest priority the College and University place on serving students."
Owens' 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, as well as the technical career-oriented associate degrees and certificates the College has specialized in for 34 years. Owens now has signed 16 agreements, with institutions including The Ohio State University, University of Michigan, University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Lourdes College and University of Findlay.
"This articulation agreement demonstrates our commitment to serving the ever-increasing educational needs of students and communities throughout Ohio," President Brown said. "These agreements are critical in providing area residents with access to quality higher education at an affordable price."
Last fall, there were 2,135 students enrolled in Owens' Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs.
Cleveland State University offers more than 115 major fields of study at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels to men and women of the metropolitan Cleveland area, serving 16,300 students.
Established in 1964 as a state university, Cleveland State University adopted the buildings, faculty, staff and programs of Fenn College, a private institution of 2,500 students in downtown Cleveland. In 1969, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law merged with the University. The present campus consists of 82 acres with 37 buildings for teaching, research, housing, administration and recreation, and is a striking feature on the Cleveland skyline.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing college in Ohio, offering more than 100 career-oriented programs and majors in agriculture, business, health, public service, industrial and engineering technologies. With nearly 16,000 students enrolled on the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens offers its students small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio.
Owens has served Northwest Ohio for 34 years and has experienced a 74 percent increase in enrollment with 14 consecutive semesters of growth since becoming a comprehensive community college in July 1994.
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