UC – Cincinnati State Agreements will Widen Academic Pathways
Agreements strengthen academic partnerships between the two Cincinnati institutions.
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The presidents of the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College today signed agreements strengthening academic partnerships between the two institutions.
The event featuring UC President Santa Ono and Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens, M.D., marks the most ambitious collaborative effort to date between a community college that has gained national attention for its workforce training programs and one of the nation’s premier research universities.
The agreements guarantee admission to UC for anyone who graduates from Cincinnati State with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree and a grade point average of at least 2.0. Students seeking admission to selective colleges at UC would be required to meet those admission standards.
Today’s articulation agreements also establish a framework for increasing the ability of students to fully transfer credits between the two institutions, and create a “Cincinnati Pathways Scholars” program that connects qualified Cincinnati State students who are UC-bound to UC’s campus, academic advisors and academic events as well as the promise of a scholarship if they successfully matriculate.
“This agreement is good for students, good for the region, and good for both institutions,” said Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens. “Today we are making it easier, and less expensive, for Greater Cincinnati residents to get the education that today’s employers require.”
“This agreement symbolizes the commitment of both campuses to provide access to higher education for the students in our region as well as take important steps to assure their completion through enhanced advising and degree tracking,” said UC President Santa J. Ono. “At UC, we want to provide students with many options for gateways to a baccalaureate degree – our Uptown campus, our two regional campuses and Cincinnati State.”
The agreements are the culmination of a long series of discussions between Owens (a former member of the UC board of Trustees), Ono and top academic officials at both institutions.
Among other things, the agreements call for UC and Cincinnati State to:
- Establish a “Cincinnati Pathways Scholars” program. Cincinnati State students who complete at least 15 semester credit-hours with a minimum 3.25 GPA and secure admission to the Pathways program will receive a special UC “affiliate” identification card, access to UC libraries, admission to UC sporting events (except those where a ticket is needed), invitations to select programs and events; and membership in the UC recreation center (for a fee).
- Cincinnati Pathways Scholars who graduate from Cincinnati State with at least a 3.4 GPA and matriculate to UC will be eligible for a $2,100 annual scholarship award. The scholarship may be renewed for an additional two semesters if the student maintains a UC GPA of 3.20 and earns at least 24 credit hours toward a degree.
- Share detailed information about courses and programs to help determine if and how credits will transfer.
- Share office space and computers within Cincinnati State’s Academic Transfer Center for UC advisers who wish to meet with Cincinnati State students who are interested in attending UC after completing their associate degrees.
- Cross train academic advisers at each institution on software used to track course and program requirements.
- Adopt common software that allows Cincinnati State students to see their earned credit and how it applies toward their degrees at UC.
- Stipulate that a graduate of the Cincinnati State Honors Program will be accepted into the UC Honors Program, and be granted credit for two University Honors Program experiences. Such students – if they complete the one credit-hour Gateway to University Honors course and complete at least three honors seminars or experiential learning projects – will have standing to graduate as Honors Scholars from UC.
- Provide students who transfer to UC before earning their associate degrees the opportunity to earn that degree in absentia from Cincinnati State using UC credits. (This process is commonly known as “reverse transfer.”
Cincinnati State has had numerous articulation agreements in the past with UC, but none have been as comprehensive as the one on the table today.
“We hope to make this a model for our relationship with our other partners in the region,” said Monica Posey, academic vice president for Cincinnati State. “Now that we’ve completed the conversion to semesters, the logical next step is to improve the transfer process for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree after graduating from Cincinnati State.”ABOUT CINCINNATI STATE
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