EMU makes transferring smoother for Oakland Community College students
YPSILANTI – With the stroke of a pen, transferring to Eastern Michigan University from Oakland Community College (OCC) will become easier. The two educational institutions are joining forces with an articulation agreement to ease the transfer process for students entering EMU’s College of Business (COB). The signing ceremony is Friday, Oct. 22, 1:15 p.m., at the College of Business.
“We are recognizing the quality of their faculty and courses,” said David Mielke, dean of EMU’s College of Business. “They have the same high standards as Eastern.”
The agreement, which applies to any major in the College of Business, is a formal guide that guarantees specific courses from OCC will transfer to EMU and meet requirements for entering the COB.
“We are providing a service to students,” Mielke said, explaining that the agreement would eliminate running all over campus to get approvals in order to transfer a class or meet a specific requirement.
“Also, students transferring in the middle of a course sequence, such as accounting, will not be at a disadvantage. The quality of the course content and the rigor will be the same (as EMU),” he said.
“The community college system is just bursting at the seams and many of those students are in transfer programs,” said Mielke, who estimates that about half of the students in the College of Business are community college transfers. “We want to forge a stronger relationship with them and attract their students to our business program.”
“It is energizing to work collaboratively with educational partners to provide seamless transfer opportunities for our students. Working together, we can do so much more to help students attain their goals more quickly and to prepare them for tomorrow’s job market,” said Kathleen Lorencz, business department chair, Oakland Community College, Royal Oak campus.
OCC, with an annual enrollment of 74,000 degree and non-degree students, is the largest community college in the state and 14th largest in the nation, according to their Web site.
“We want to capitalize on that population and make it smoother for their students to transfer here. We’re tapping into a great pool of students,” said Pat Cygnar, director of EMU Community College Relations and developer of articulation agreements. She pointed out that transfer students make up more than 50 percent of EMU’s undergraduate student body.
Additionally, a new EMU admissions policy for the College of Business allows direct admission for community college transfers who have a 3.0 or higher grade point average.
Students transferring to EMU find that articulation agreements provide a clearer picture of what is required once they get to Eastern Michigan University. All freshmen and sophomore classes are completed, so counseling sessions focus on the last two years of requirements for graduation.
EMU currently has 57 articulation agreements with community colleges.
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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