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Degree completion program announced by Roosevelt University and Elgin Community College

Posted: 09/19/2012
Students seeking to earn their associate’s degree from Elgin Community College (ECC) and their bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University in four years will benefit from a new Dual Degree Program school officials signed Friday, Sept. 14.  (Above, Roosevelt President Chuck Middleton (right) and ECC President David Sam sign the agreement).

“This program provides a pathway for full-time students to earn high-quality, accessible and affordable four-year degrees close to home from both ECC and Roosevelt,” Chuck Middleton, president of Roosevelt, said during a ceremony at Elgin Community College.  

Students in the Dual Degree Program at ECC will be guaranteed acceptance to Roosevelt once they complete their associate’s degrees and their degree requirements will be locked in for three years after they select their intended Roosevelt major.

“This partnership further exemplifies our mission to improve people’s lives through learning,” said ECC President David Sam, PhD, JD. “It provides another opportunity for our students to continue their education and fulfill their educational goals. We are proud to join Roosevelt in this endeavor.”

Roosevelt also has established Degree Completion Articulations to provide Elgin students with pathways for a smooth transition to Roosevelt University, including the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Degree Completion Articulations that are currently being developed with Elgin are for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, the Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology, the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and the Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications.

“Our students will leave ECC well prepared for the academic environment at Roosevelt,” said Rose DiGerlando, ECC vice president of teaching, learning and student development. “We encourage our students to strive for a four-year degree and beyond. This dual agreement makes the transition much easier and with very few bumps in the road.”

The Dual Degree Program has numerous financial advantages.  Students in the program receive a Roosevelt tuition discount based on their GPA when they matriculate to Roosevelt. In addition, high-achieving students at ECC are eligible to compete for special $15,000 and $12,500 annual Roosevelt scholarships and $1,000 awards.

Douglas Knerr, Roosevelt’s Schaumburg Campus provost, said advising is an important part of the agreement.

“Roosevelt will provide Dual Degree Program students with advisors who, in collaboration with their ECC counselors, will help students develop and follow four-year academic plans to ensure that none of their credits are lost when they transfer.”  

Knerr added that 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.

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