2016-08-18 / Community News

Schools sign agreement for transfer of students

The University of New England and York County Community College formed a partnership on Aug. 15 by signing an agreement to ensure that students who graduate from YCCC with an associate’s degree in particular programs and who are accepted to UNE can transfer seamlessly from college to college, making it possible for them to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UNE after only completing two years at the university.

The transfer allows for YCCC graduates with associate’s degrees in health sciences, behavioral health studies, education, business administration or liberal studies to transfer into a UNE program with junior standing. Depending on the area of study in which the associate’s degree was earned, transfer will be permitted to one of 21 different UNE programs that culminate with a bachelor’s degree.

By matching coursework between programs at both schools, the transfer agreement allows students to pre-plan their college careers and avoid spending money on courses that will not count toward a bachelor’s degree.

UNE President Danielle Ripich said while UNE has a long history of accepting graduates of YCCC, this agreement will streamline the transfer process.

“This partnership between UNE and YCCC will ensure a smooth transition for students and potentially offer them some cost-savings,” she said. “UNE is committed to preparing local students for successful careers in high-demand and emerging industries, and doing what we can to facilitate a UNE education for graduates of Maine’s community colleges, such as YCCC, is one step in that direction.”

Barbara Finkelstein, president of YCCC concurs, “This is an exciting opportunity for YCCC students to transfer smoothly to an excellent baccalaureate degree-granting institution and, thus, continue their higher education journey.”

Seventeen of the 21 programs to which YCCC students can transfer under the agreement are housed in UNE’s College of Arts and Sciences and include B.S. programs in biological sciences, business, education, marine science and neuroscience as well as B.A. programs in English, history, liberal studies, political science, and applied social and cultural studies. Four of the UNE programs are part of the university’s Westbrook College of Health Professions and grant B.S. degrees: dental hygiene, applied exercise science, health, wellness and occupational studies and public health.

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