Perspective on ...
Here in Columbiana County we are fortunate to work closely with area community colleges to bring Kent State University’s excellent resources to more students. I’m excited that we have articulation agreements with both Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) and Cuyahoga Community College. Through these contracts, we are able to link classes from both institutions to assist students in earning their associate and bachelor’s degrees. Current agreements offer a seamless transition from EGCC to Kent State for students studying horticulture and justice studies.
Our articulation agreement with Cuyahoga Community College builds a bridge from its long-standing horticulture associate degree program to our horticulture bachelor’s degree. Through a similar agreement, we offer an Associate of Applied Science in horticulture from Kent State University to EGCC’s students after they have completed many general studies classes. Students can then pursue a Bachelor of Applied Horticulture if they desire. Though logistically we’re not able to offer all of our horticulture classes in Steubenville, we do have Web-based horticulture classes available and have worked to minimize the number of trips students need to make to Kent State University at Salem.
By working with both Eastern Gateway Community College and Cuyahoga Community College, we are able to create opportunities for students from both the northern and southern regions. These agreements came to fruition this spring, and we are just now beginning to see the results of our labor.
In the past five years, our horticulture program has doubled in enrollment with approximately 25 of the students enrolled in our bachelor’s degree program, which came available just last fall. These types of partnering approaches provides improved learning and credit transfer between institutions and helps meet future technology-based career opportunities for students overall.
Our justice studies program has been a staple degree at Kent State University at East Liverpool for more than 20 years. To help area students gain access to this field, we signed an articulation agreement between EGCC and Kent State East Liverpool last spring. The agreement helps students earn a Bachelor of Arts in justice studies from Kent State University after earning their associate degree through EGCC.
The articulation agreements allow us to address the need for and the importance of providing degree completion options to a diverse student population, including time-constrained adults as they pursue their educational goals. In this spirit, we offer Kent State justice studies courses taught by Kent State faculty members on the EGCC Jefferson County campus in Steubenville.
By working together with our partners in education, we can offer our students more opportunities in growing fields along with the option of a Kent State University degree.