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May 10, 2006
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EMU, Lansing Community College sign articulation agreement to help students

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University and Lansing Community College have signed an articulation agreement that will make it easier for students to complete a degree.

The agreement, which applies to any major in the College of Business, is a formal guide that guarantees specific courses and the business programs from LCC will transfer to EMU and meet requirements toward the completion of a business degree from the COB.

“We are recognizing the quality of their students, faculty and curriculum,” said David Mielke, dean of EMU’s College of Business.  “In particular, we realize the innovation that LCC has developed in their associate degree business programs.  It is a strong base for the completion of our bachelor’s degree program.”

“This agreement allows students to transfer the whole management program from Lansing Community College without losing any credit.  Students can go on in management or choose from any of the other business majors at Eastern,” said Patricia Cygnar, director of community college relations for EMU. “This has become a model that we are using with other community colleges.  I have really enjoyed working with LCC and the College of Business. Everyone has been focused on finding solutions to make it easier for students to transfer.  I think we'll see many good students choosing to transfer to EMU because of this.”

“It is important that we provide service to students,” Mielke said, explaining that the agreement will provide a study plan to assure that the courses that students complete at LCC will not only apply for their associate degree there, but also for their bachelor’s degree at EMU.

Enrollments at community colleges continue to grow at a rate faster that those at four-year institutions. Mielke estimates that about 50% of the students in the COB transfer from community colleges.

“We want to build stronger cooperative relationships with community colleges and attract their students to our business programs. We view them as partners to provide the best educational opportunities for our students,” said Mielke.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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