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Nov. 30 , 2005
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EMU College of Business inks transfer agreement with Henry Ford Community College

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business has signed an articulation agreement with Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) that will make the transfer process easier for HFCC students.

“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 HFCC has developed in their associate of business in management program.  It is a strong base for the completion of our bachelor’s degree program.”

            “Henry Ford Community College is very pleased with the new articulation

agreement with Eastern Michigan University for our management program. The number of business and management courses from HFCC that will transfer under the agreement gives students the unique opportunity to take a significant number of business courses in their first two years in college rather than having to wait until their junior and senior years,” said William Barber of HFCC.

            “Also, since students can transfer up to 80 credit hours from HFCC to Eastern Michigan under the agreement, students will be able to substantially reduce the cost of a bachelor’s degee in business administration.  Henry Ford Community College students interested in pursuing careers in business will find this agreement to be of great value to them and the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University to be an excellent choice to pursue their bachelor’s degree,” said Barber.

“This is the eighth articulation agreement I've worked on with Henry Ford Community College.  It is particularly useful because it's not for just one major, but can be used with all of the approved majors for the bachelor of business administration.  This agreement will make it easier for HFCC management students to transfer to EMU's College of Business without losing credits for courses they took at HFCC,” said Pat Cygnar, director of community college relations for EMU.

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

“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 HFCC will not only apply toward their associate’s degree, 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 said.  He estimates that about 50 percent 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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