July 7, 2011

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College and SUNY Empire State College Partnership Broadens Higher Education Access for Students

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(NEW YORK CITY – June 17, 2011) – City University of New York Borough of Manhattan Community College President Antonio Pérez and State University of New York Empire State College President Alan R. Davis held a signing ceremony for a Pathways Transfer Program agreement which broadens access and opportunity for BMCC students seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree.

The signing ceremony took place at BMCC’s campus.

Borough of Manhattan Community College President Antonio Pérez and SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis memorialize Pathways Agreement

Borough of Manhattan Community College President Antonio Pérez and SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis memorialize Pathways Agreement

“It is our priority at BMCC not only to provide an affordable, quality education, but to encourage our students — associate degree in hand — to take that critical next step, said BMCC President Antonio Pérez. “Our partnership with Empire State College will enable graduates to make a seamless transfer into a wide range of bachelor’s degree programs that fit their career goals as well as family commitments, by providing a mix of independent study, residencies and online courses. Those options are key to student success.”

“The Pathways agreement removes barriers of time and place and makes it easier for BMCC graduates to live and work in their communities while earning a SUNY Empire State College bachelor’s degree,” said Davis. “Our partnership reflects the commitment of CUNY and SUNY to facilitate student transfer, and President Pérez and his team have done outstanding work in making today’s agreement possible.”

Christopher Rolley, Empire State College Recruitment and Outreach Specialist, BMCC President Pérez, SUNY Empire State College President Davis, Metropolitan Center Dean Cynthia Ward and Brian Goodale, Empire State College director of Community College Partnerships at the BMCC campus

Christopher Rolley, Empire State College Recruitment and Outreach Specialist, BMCC President Pérez, SUNY Empire State College President Davis, Metropolitan Center Dean Cynthia Ward and Brian Goodale, Empire State College director of Community College Partnerships at the BMCC campus

The Pathways Transfer Program is designed for BMCC students who have completed, or will complete, an associate degree (A.A., A.S. or A.A.S.) prior to enrolling at SUNY Empire State College.

Through the agreement, all of the credits students earned at BMCC can be transferred toward a bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.S. or B.P.S.) at SUNY Empire State College providing a seamless transition for BMCC graduates.

With appropriate advising, students may complete up to 80 lower-division credits including the associate degree at BMCC as long as the courses meet bachelor’s degree requirements. The remaining 48 upper-division credits will be completed at Empire State College.

SUNY Empire State College faculty mentors educate learners online and onsite at 35 sites in New York state including the college’s Metropolitan Center in Manhattan, and locations in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

About BMCC

BMCC enrolls 23,000 degree-seeking and 10,000 continuing education students a year. The largest community college in The City University of New York (CUNY) system, BMCC has students from over 150 countries, and awards associate degrees in 28 fields.

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link.

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