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Adrian College, Jackson College sign business program agreement

Posted Wednesday, June 05, 2024
Author: Mickey Alvarado

Adrian College (AC) and Jackson College (JC) representatives recently signed a Master Articulation Agreement to facilitate the transfer of students who complete a Business Administration Associate in Applied Science or Business Administration Associate in Arts at JC to a Bachelor of Business Administration program at AC.

JC students who complete 60 credit hours or more will be allowed to transfer their credit hours to AC through a “2+2” degree program where students complete the first half (typically around two years) of their degree at JC and then transfer to AC, a four-year college, to finish their bachelor’s degree.

“We created an agreement where Jackson College students will be able to complete a little over 60 credit hours, and when they come to Adrian College, they won’t have to repeat those courses,” AC Registrar Amy Mergen said. “We are also counting the general education requirements at Jackson as our skills and distributions, so those students don’t have to backpedal and retake those courses. It’s a big deal. We’re transferring their credits, course for course. Their hard-earned dollars won’t be misspent.”

Mergen said Business Administration degrees provide graduates the ability to enter fields that are in high demand in the workforce and by facilitating the transfer of students from a Business Administration program at JC to a degree program at AC, the partnership helps meet the demands of employers for skilled professionals in this field.

“Through this agreement, we aim to eliminate barriers to higher education by ensuring a smooth curriculum transition that maximizes the transfer of credits and minimizes duplication of coursework,” Mergen said. “This partnership exemplifies our shared values of supporting students in their educational journey and preparing them for success in their chosen careers. We look forward to welcoming transfer students from Jackson College into our vibrant academic community and supporting them every step of the way.”

The idea for the partnership came from a dual-enrollment meeting for local high school counselors and principals held at the Lenawee Intermediate School District Tech Center. Jake Docking, AC Dean of Retention and Enrollment Services, attended the meeting, as did JC Registrar Zak McNitt, who contacted him later to talk about creating a credit transfer partnership.

“We did not have an avenue for our students to have an easy pathway to Adrian College,” McNitt said. “So, I began talking with Jake (Docking) and realized that if we could create some type of agreement, especially with one of our larger programs like business, and remove those barriers and streamline the transition, there would definitely be a need for a natural funnel for us to send our students to Adrian College to complete their bachelors programing after earning their associates from Jackson College.”

This agreement is the first of its kind between the two colleges. However, they are also looking at several other majors where similar credit transfer agreements could possibly be made. McNitt said he is very confident JC’s students will do well at AC, citing his own positive experiences as a 2011 graduate of AC and a former registrar there until 2014.

“I spoke with Jake (Docking) about a few other programs that we would like to get to the table next,” McNitt said. “We’re currently looking into Teacher Education. If we can get this program off the ground and running, in my view, the next logical step is for us to utilize Adrian College as a partner for students coming to us who want to be teachers.”

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