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Roosevelt University and Oakton Community College announce degree completion program

Posted: 08/30/2012
Roosevelt University and Oakton Community College strengthened their long-standing partnership on Wednesday, Aug. 29 with the signing of a new Dual Degree Program agreement that makes it easier for students to earn their associate’s and bachelor’s degrees.

During a ceremony at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, Roosevelt President Chuck Middleton said that the agreements “provide a pathway for full-time students to earn high-quality, accessible and affordable four-year degrees close to home from both Oakton and Roosevelt.”
Oakton President Margaret B. Lee agreed, noting, “I am very grateful to President Middleton and to his colleagues at Roosevelt, to Oakton’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Hamel, and to all of our Deans at Oakton for their diligent collaboration culminating in the agreement we sign today. We have together created new pathways for our students and strengthened the partnership forged over many years between Roosevelt and Oakton.”

Oakton students in the Dual Degree Program will be guaranteed acceptance to Roosevelt once they complete their associate’s degrees, and will transfer seamlessly to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
Additionally, to ensure a smooth transition from Oakton, Roosevelt has established transfer credit guides for specific degree programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Other degree completion articulations in development include the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, the Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology, the Bachelor of Arts or Science in Math with a Secondary Education Certification, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and the Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications.

Once Oakton students select their intended Roosevelt major, their degree requirements will be locked in for three years. There are also financial advantages to the program.  Dual Degree Program students receive a Roosevelt tuition discount based on their Oakton GPA when they matriculate to Roosevelt. In addition, high-achieving Oakton students are eligible to compete for special $15,000 and $12,500 annual Roosevelt scholarships and $1,000 awards.

“Advising is an important part of this agreement,” said Douglas Knerr, Roosevelt’s Schaumburg Campus provost. “Roosevelt will provide Dual Degree Program students with advisors who, in collaboration with their Oakton counselors, will help students develop and follow four-year academic plans to ensure that none of their credits are lost when they transfer.”

Oakton’s Thomas Hamel added, “We’re pleased to partner with Roosevelt University to provide high quality degrees in high demand areas that offer strong opportunities for employment.  Roosevelt's campus in Schaumburg also makes it convenient for Oakton students to continue their education nearby, and flourish in professional capacities in their own communities."

Knerr said the program is extremely beneficial for students who want to become four-year graduates because studies show that students who complete an associate’s degree before transferring are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree -- and do so in a shorter period of time.

Students interested in the Dual Degree Program should visit: