by Alana J. Mauger
Montgomery County Community College and Eastern University entered into a Dual Admissions Transfer Agreement on March 22.
Under the agreement, the College’s students who graduate with Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degrees in Criminal Justice or Human Services and who have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher are eligible for the partnership program.
With the signing of the agreement, the College now has 22 core-to-core transfer agreements with four-year institutions.
“These transfer agreements are important to support our completion initiative,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, President. “A recent comprehensive transfer study revealed that our students who graduate with an associate’s degree are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree when they transfer. This transfer agreement with Eastern University creates a clear pathway for students to follow from the moment they enroll at the College.”
The transfer study also revealed that the College’s students who transferred to Eastern since 2005 have an 80 percent graduation rate, which is among the highest success rates for all transfer destinations.
“Clearly, students who come from Montgomery County Community College are successful when they transfer to Eastern,” said Dr. David R. Black, President. “We hope to continue building our partnership to make students’ transitions as seamless as possible.”
As part of the agreement, Eastern University will waive its admissions application fee and will award scholarships ranging from $4,000-$9,500 depending on GPA for students who attend full time. The University will also provide ongoing academic advising to students while they are earning their associate’s degrees at the College.