August 29, 2011

SUNY Empire State College and Mohawk Valley Community College Establish Pathways Transfer Agreement

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State University of New York Empire State College and Mohawk Valley Community College today formally entered 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 MVCC 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 MVCC 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 MVCC graduates.

“The number of MVCC students earning degrees for transfer has increased by nearly seven percent in the last five years, with the majority of them transferring to SUNY colleges and universities,” says MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner, Ph.D. “This creative new partnership with Empire State College gives MVCC graduates another, very flexible option for earning a SUNY baccalaureate degree without requiring them to relocate from the Mohawk Valley. As we focus on creating new opportunities for students and enhancing our local economy, partnerships like this one expand the capacity of MVCC and other educators to create positive change.”

MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner and Empire State College President Alan R. Davis sign Pathways Transfer agreement .

MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner and Empire State College President Alan R. Davis sign Pathways Transfer agreement

“The Pathways agreement removes barriers of time and place and makes it easier for Mohawk Valley 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 Randall VanWagoner and his team have done outstanding work in making today’s agreement possible.”

With appropriate advising, MVCC students may complete up to 80 lower-division credits including the associate degree at MVCC 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, MVCC 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 Utica and Syracuse.

About Mohawk Valley Community College
One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Mohawk Valley Community College. Founded in 1946, Mohawk Valley Community College is a public, co-educational, two-year institution. The college is part of the 64- campus State University of New York System (SUNY). Mohawk Valley Community College promotes student success and community involvement through a commitment to excellence and a spirit of service. The college has approximately 6,000 students and 82 international students.

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 63,000 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.

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