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January 27, 2012

SUNY Empire State College and Columbia-Greene Community College Announce Pathways Transfer Agreement

State University of New York Empire State College and Columbia-Greene Community College have entered formally into an agreement that will ease transferability of community college credits to a four-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree at Empire State College.

The Pathways Transfer Program is designed for Columbia-Greene Community College 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 earned at Columbia-Greene Community College can be transferred toward a bachelor’s degree, B.A., B.S. or B.P.S. at Empire State College, providing a seamless transition for Columbia-Greene Community College graduates. 

“The pathways agreement removes barriers of time and place and makes it easier for Columbia-Greene Community College graduates to live and work in their communities while earning a SUNY Empire State College bachelor’s degree,” said SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis. “Our partnership builds on the SUNY systemwide efforts facilitating student transfer, and President James R. Campion and his team have done outstanding work in making today’s agreement possible.”

“This new agreement will eliminate the guess work and anxiety often associated with transferring. Students won't have to worry about what courses will and will not transfer. The Pathways Transfer Program will assist students in maximizing the number of credits they transfer, and will facilitate the timely completion of a student's degree,” said William Mathews, professor, counselor and department chairperson for advising at CGCC.

The agreement was signed by  Davis, Provost Meg Benke and Northeast Center Dean Gerald Lorentz, along with  Campion and Vice President for Academic Affairs Phyllis Carito, a 1999 graduate of Empire State College

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

In addition, Columbia-Greene Community College students can complete their bachelor’s degree without leaving their communities.

SUNY Empire State College faculty mentors educate learners online and face-to-face through independent studies, seminars and residencies at 35 locations across New York state, including Albany, Latham and Troy.

About Columbia-Greene Community College
One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Columbia-Greene Community College is a comprehensive two-year college offering a variety of transfer and career programs leading to the degrees of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Occupational Studies as well as one-year certificate programs and specialized courses geared to community interest.

Columbia-Greene is situated on a picturesque campus near the banks of the Hudson River, bordered on the west by the Catskill Mountains and to the east by the Taconic and Berkshire Hills. Students can enjoy the benefits of a rural campus while taking advantage of cultural opportunities in nearby Albany, the Berkshires and New York City.

The college offers a quality education through its dedicated faculty, who have received a high degree of professional recognition. Campus life is full and varied, as exemplified by student clubs, activities and sports on all levels. The campus atmosphere is friendly and safe. Student backgrounds and hometowns are diverse, leading to a stimulating and challenging environment. With 47 quality degree and certificate programs, a distinguished faculty and a beautiful campus, Columbia-Greene is an excellent place to attend college.

About Empire State College
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 20,200 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu.

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