SUNY ESC and Monroe C.C. Establish Transfer Agreement for Fire Service Students

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer

February 22, 2012

Fire Service Administration, Monroe C.C.SUNY Empire State College and Monroe Community College (MCC)have signed a Pathways Transfer Agreement specifically focused on fire service administration. The agreement is designed to support
transfer students during their transition to SUNY Empire State College,
and to ease the transition process for MCC graduates to an educational model featuring independent study, online courses and small-group seminars. SUNY Empire State College provides an affordable and
convenient bachelor’s degree option for MCC graduates who want to remain close to their homes and communities.

Fire services administration students may enroll at SUNY Empire State College on a full or part-time basis. The two colleges already have in place a more general Pathways Transfer Agreement covering other areas of study. This agreement is specifically for MCC students studying fire service administration. Dr. Jim Savitt, coordinator of the fire service administration concentration at SUNY Empire State College, will oversee this initiative. Savitt will be working with Marc Connolly, director of the MCC fire science program to encourage students to enroll at SUNY Empire State College.

MCC graduates meeting SUNY Empire State College’s admissions requirements will become SUNY Empire State College students upon admission.

During their first year at SUNY Empire State College, students in the Pathways Program may cross-register for additional credits at Monroe Community College beyond the associate degree. These lower-division credits will be applicable to their bachelor’s degree programs by satisfying SUNY general education requirements or needed prerequisite courses. Up to 80 total credits could be transferred in from MCC, leaving at least 45 advanced-level credits to be completed at SUNY Empire State College, including 24 advanced credits within the fire services administration concentration, consistent with the college’s requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

Each participating student will be able to transfer all credits earned as part of their associate degree to SUNY Empire State College, as long as they fit into the student’s designed bachelor’s degree program.

As part of the agreement, SUNY Empire State College will provide individual educational planning and mentoring for all fire service administration students, outreach to faculty and transfer-office staff at MCC to provide program information and information sessions for students on the MCC campus, at SUNY Empire State College locations and online.

Monroe Community College will provide access for cross-registered Pathways students to campus facilities and resources (i.e. library, academic support, computer labs), promotion of the program on campus to current students, faculty advisors, and alumni and inclusion of this transfer agreement in any college publications where such agreements are listed (i.e. college catalog, website, transfer office brochures).