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University of Windsor Signs First International Transfer Agreement with Owens

  Owens Community College Arts and Science graduates now can complete their bachelor's degrees with an international perspective -_thanks to a new transfer agreement between Owens and the University of Windsor.

  This is the first articulation agreement of its kind the University of Windsor has signed with any college in the United States.

  During a joint news conference Wednesday at Owens, Owens President Daniel H. Brown and University of Windsor Academic Vice President Neil Gold signed the agreement creating a seamless transfer system for graduates of the community college to the three-year or four-year honors bachelor degree programs at the university in Ontario, Canada.

  "This agreement is important for the University of Windsor. It paves the way - and I suppose that way would be I-75 - for Owens students and graduates to come into the bachelor degree programs at the University of Windsor," Gold said.

  "For the students, it means an opportunity for a high quality international education. For the university, it furthers our own desire to enrich the international nature of our student body, giving our Canadian students and our students from other parts of the world, a greater opportunity to share ideas and perspectives," Gold said.

  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.

  "This is a significant agreement for our students and the community as it opens doors to an international education," President Brown said. "Area residents now have access to quality higher education at an affordable price -_ in both countries."

  The University of Windsor is the only Canadian university to offer a competitive tuition fee to U.S. students. Windsor's "NAFTA" tuition fee is $3,800 in U.S. funds for the regular school year, September to April. The special fee was introduced last year.

  Gold said that Owens students coming to study in Canada will find more than an opportunity to see a different country and a different point of view.

  "From our campus, a student can see across the Detroit River to the Detroit city skyline. In a way, that scene can be like a mirror. Our American students have the advantage of reflecting on their own country from a new point of view, and as much as they learn about Canadians and others, they tend to learn as much about themselves as well," he explained.

  The University of Windsor, one of Ontario's leading academic institutions, provides the "degree that works," an innovative and student-focused approach, which prepares its graduates for the challenges of tomorrow.

  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 17,000 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 an 83 percent increase in enrollment during the past five years.



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