January 13, 2012

SUNY Empire State College and Hudson Valley Community College Announce Pathways Transfer Agreement

State University of New York Empire State College and Hudson Valley Community College have 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 Hudson Valley 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 Hudson Valley 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 HVCC graduates.

“The Pathways agreement removes barriers of time and place and makes it easier for Hudson 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 Matonak and his team have done outstanding work in making this agreement possible.”

“We are so pleased to broaden our relationship with Empire State College through this Pathways Transfer Agreement,” said Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak. “Many of our students enroll at Hudson Valley with the intention of transferring to complete a bachelor’s degree. This agreement will provide an opportunity to do so in the unique learning environment provided by Empire State College. Students who attend Hudson Valley also generally wish to stay in the area to complete their baccalaureate. This agreement allows them to do just that.”

The agreement comes at a time when online learning is growing rapidly at the Troy community college, and a growing number of online students are seeking transfer options. Enrollment in online courses at Hudson Valley grew 6.9 percent from 2009-10 to 2010-11 and the number of online course sections offered grew 13.2 percent.

 With appropriate advising, Hudson Valley Community College students may complete up to 80 lower-division credits including the associate degree at Hudson Valley 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. 

SUNY Empire State College faculty mentors educate learners online and face-to-face through independent studies, seminars and residencies at 36 locations across New York state, including Troy.

About Hudson Valley Community College

Hudson Valley Community College serves approximately 13,500 students each semester, and employs more than 630 full- and part-time faculty members. Currently the second-largest institution of higher learning in the Capital Region of New York state, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs through its four schools: Business, Engineering and Industrial Technologies, Health Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Although 80 percent of Hudson Valley's students come from the immediate Capital Region, the rest come from every county of New York state and many other states and foreign countries. The college ranks 52nd (as of the 2007-08 academic year) nationally in the number of associate degrees awarded annually, and has more than 65,000 alumni.

Founded in 1953, the college is sponsored by Rensselaer County and is part of the State University of New York system.

The college’s associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) programs lead to immediate employment in industry, business, government and health agencies. The college's Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) programs lead to transfer of students to four-year colleges and universities. In addition, the college sponsors a number of certificate programs that prepare students for selected occupational specialties.

 About SUNY Empire State College
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 nearly 20,200 students worldwide at 36 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.

 For additional information, visit www.esc.edu.




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