Agreement creates seamless transition to Athens campus
ATHENS, Ohio (March 13, 2007) -- On March 12, Ohio University and Hocking College elevated their relationship to the next level when their two presidents signed an articulation agreement that will make it easier for Hocking students to earn a four-year degree at the Athens campus.
In a ceremony in Nelsonville, Hocking College President John Light and Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis signed a memorandum of understanding that will create a seamless transition for Hocking College students pursuing a bachelor's degree in several academic programs at Ohio University.
"We are officially agreeing on the courses that students take at Hocking College that count at Ohio University toward a four-year degree," McDavis said. "It is more than a handshake now, it's down on paper. This puts us in partnership to reach agreements so that we can move forward and benefit the students."
"Some people might wonder why it took almost 40 years to develop a formal agreement, but we had a defacto agreement of understanding for many, many years," Light said.
The designated academic degree programs include social work, nursing, technical and applied studies, specialized studies and criminal justice. Degree programs in education and communication studies are currently being considered for addition to the agreement.
Hocking students pursuing one of the aforementioned four-year degree programs will be offered a curriculum that includes Hocking College courses that will be applicable to an Ohio University bachelor's degree.
"This agreement creates a win-win opportunity for both institutions and particularly the students," McDavis said. "We are excited because any agreement that benefits students is an agreement that institutions like ours should be all about."
Both presidents acknowledged that there could be some curriculum changes at their respective institution to make the agreement work more seamlessly.
"Everyone from both institutions felt that opportunities were being missed because despite our proximity, each school's curriculum was being done independently," said Associate Vice President for University Outreach and Regional Campuses Bill Willan, who helped author the agreement with Myriah Short, dean of Hocking's New College.
McDavis added that Ohio University will assign an administrator to Hocking College to help facilitate the articulation process and financial terms and conditions of the agreement would likely be considered in the future. He also said the articulation agreement gives both institutions a chance to work collaboratively to benefit the region's students.
"It is especially pleasing because it comes at a time when state policy makers are encouraging Ohio institutions to be more collaborative and cooperative with each other," McDavis said.
Hocking College was founded in 1968 and has more than 5,000 students at its two campuses located in Nelsonville and New Lexington.
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