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UC Clermont Agreement Offers New Path to Bachelor's Degree


New option is available for information technology students.

Date: 3/12/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Amanda Chalifoux
Phone: (513) 558-8199
Photos By: Danny Kidd

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From left: Mona Sedrak, UC Clermont associate dean of academic affairs; Professor Hazem Said, director of the UC School of Information Technology; Brandon Cruey, UC Clermont information technology student; Suguna Chundur, UC Clermont associate professor;

Students now have the option of completing their bachelor’s degree in information technology without setting foot on UC’s Uptown Campus, thanks to a new agreement between UC Clermont College and UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services.

The agreement, announced March 1 at the Clermont County Chamber Board of Advisors meeting held at UC East in Batavia, creates a direct pathway for students enrolled at UC Clermont who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree. UC Clermont students first earn their associate degree in information technology, then remain on the UC Clermont campus to complete their bachelor’s degree entirely online. The colleges will work together to ensure that students have all the tools they need to succeed, including course delivery, academic advising and space at UC Clermont for out-of-class meetings and activities.

“We are always looking for ways to partner and deliver our programs with flexible class offerings,” said Professor Karen Lankisch, chair of UC Clermont’s Business, Law and Technology Department. “This agreement is one way we are partnering to offer pathways for our students to complete a bachelor’s degree offered online through a spirit of collaboration, equality and mutual respect.”

One such student who will benefit from the new partnership is Brandon Cruey, who will graduate from UC Clermont with his associate degree in information technology this spring. Cruey has found the personal attention and support he received at the college critical to his success so far.

“For me, a bachelor’s degree would open up more options in my field and a better understanding of software and development,” Cruey said. “I was not even considering continuing my education until I found out I would be able to do it through UC Clermont.”

In addition to earning their bachelor’s degree, students will have the option to complete a master’s degree and three semesters of co-op. “The partnership with UC Clermont is an outstanding opportunity for the students,” remarked Professor Hazem Said, director of the UC School of Information Technology. “Students can earn their degree in software development, cybersecurity, game development or networking without disrupting their routine. We removed the logistical barriers so they can focus on gaining a high level of mastery in their area of interest.”

The accelerated program option, offered by the School of Information Technology, enables students to select from four master’s degree programs: Master of Business Administration, Master of Information Technology, Master of Health Informatics and Master of Instructional Design and Technology.

To learn more about the BSIT program, contact UC Clermont Assistant Professor Bill Nicholson at 513-558-5342 or nicholdw@uc.edu.