Dual enrollment

From left, Otto Hernandez, Atlantic Cape Community College’s vice president of academic affairs, Barbara Gaba, Atlantic Cape president, Phoebe Haddon, Rutgers-Camden chancellor, and Craig Westman, Rutgers-Camden vice chancellor for enrollment management, sign a dual-admissions agreement Monday at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing campus.

Diane D’Amico / Staff Writer

MAYS LANDING — Students attending Atlantic Cape Community College can apply for dual admissions with Rutgers-Camden under an agreement signed Monday by college officials.

Applicants to Atlantic Cape who register for the program would be granted automatic transfer to Rutgers-Camden after they complete their associate degree and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average. A 2.5 GPA is accepted for the Bachelor of Art in Business Administration program offered at the Atlantic Cape site.

Applicants to Rutgers-Camden from Atlantic or Cape May counties who do not qualify for immediate admission will be notified they could start at Atlantic Cape and transfer to Rutgers-Camden.

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The program would allow students to attend classes at both the main campus in Camden and the Rutgers completion site at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing campus.

Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon said the school is proud to have a presence on the Atlantic Cape campus and wants to strengthen programs there.

“We want to be a presence here is South Jersey,” she said.

Jason Jankowski, manager of academic programs at the Rutgers-Camden site in Mays Landing, said between 250 and 300 students are working toward bachelor degrees there.

The site offers 10 degree programs, with classes both on site and online. The agreement does not apply for teacher preparation, social work, biomedical technology and nursing programs, which have separate transfer agreements.

Dual admission programs are becoming more popular as a way to reduce college costs and help more students obtain bachelor’s degrees. Atlantic Cape has a similar dual admissions program with Stockton University.

“Atlantic Cape is excited about the opportunity to expand our partnership with Rutgers-Camden and provide local residents another cost-effective way to a baccalaureate degree,” Atlantic Cape President Barbara Gaba said.

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