Stockton University signed a dual-admission agreement with Cumberland County College this week, expanding the opportunity for seamless transfer from community colleges in South Jersey.
“This agreement will help support students as they begin their degree at Cumberland County College, and provides the assurance that they can have a smooth pathway to a bachelor’s degree at Stockton,” university President Harvey Kesselman said.
The five-year agreement, similar to its agreements with other two-year colleges in the state, offers multiple opportunities for students to pursue an associate or bachelor’s degree at the two institutions. Stockton’s other dual-admission agreements include Atlantic Cape Community College, Camden County College and Brookdale Community College.
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“What sets this articulation apart from many of the others Cumberland has entered into is that it will be a much more enhanced arrangement,” said Cumberland County College interim President Shelly Schneider. “Our students will have direct pathways with specific programs, and some will have the ability to do hands-on course work in the summer while being on Stockton’s campus.”
Students who successfully complete their associate degree at Cumberland can automatically transfer to Stockton to complete their bachelor’s degree with application fees waived. Other terms include the ability to receive a retroactive associate degree from Cumberland through a reverse-transfer agreement, as well as joint advising.
The agreement will also provide a more financially feasible path to a degree, as Cumberland County College has been selected to participate in the state’s free college pilot program this spring.
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In addition, Stockton will provide five one-year scholarships of $2,000 per year to Cumberland graduates whose admission to Stockton is covered by the agreement.
“Details are being finalized for the specific program-to-program articulation. We know that many of our students choose Stockton University once they leave Cumberland, and this agreement strengthens the partnership to allow them to save time and money,” Schneider said.
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