Empire State College is partnering with community colleges across New York to provide students who earn an associate’s degree a seamless transfer into a bachelor’s degree program.
The Pathways Transfer Program is designed to support a student’s success by easing the transition from classroom-based learning at their two-year community college to a mix of independent study, residencies and online courses found at Empire State College.
“The Pathways program increases access to high quality, higher education — meeting the needs of today’s adult learners,” said Empire State College President Alan R. Davis. “It offers the flexibility for students to mix and match what they want to take, and where and when they take it. The partnership between Herkimer County Community College and Empire State College allows students to hold down a job, stay in their community, continue to fulfill family obligations and earn a degree.”
Davis and HCCC President Ann Marie Murray signed a Pathways Transfer Program agreement Wednesday. Through the agreement, all of the credits students earned at HCCC can be transferred toward a bachelor’s degree at Empire State College, providing a seamless transition for graduates.
“This agreement broadens access and opportunity for our students who want to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree,” said Murray. “The Pathways Transfer Program is a wonderful program for students who need the flexibility to be able to manage their courses anytime, anywhere.”
Murray said the program will provide students with an “efficient and innovative pathway to achieving their dreams” and that the initiative will help students “maintain their connection with our college while completing their next higher education degree.”
She said in the program, HCCC graduates may take an additional 16 credits on the HCCC campus while transitioning to upper-division courses at Empire State College. For example, she said a junior might take two HCCC courses his or her first semester and three courses at Empire State College.
“The program provides a quality education, is affordable and makes it easier for students to live and work in the community while earning a SUNY bachelor’s degree,” said Murray. “It’s also exciting because now we can provide our students with a road map to plan their education towards a bachelor’s degree as soon as they start at Herkimer and transfer all their credits easily to Empire.”
Empire State College faculty mentors educate learners online and face-to-face through independent studies, seminars and residencies with 34 locations in New York.
With appropriate advising, Davis said students may complete up to 80 lower-division credits, including the associate degree at HCCC, as long as the courses meet bachelor’s degree requirements. The remaining 48 upper-division credits will be completed at Empire State College.
“This opportunity will be especially attractive to our non-traditional students, particularly those enrolled in our Internet Academy, who may not have the flexibility in their lives to take traditional college classes,” said HCCC Vice President of Academy Affairs Dr. Michael McCaskey. “Through this partnership, we are enabling our students with work and family commitments to take that next step toward their higher educational goals while still continuing with their daily lives.”
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