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Roosevelt to offer bachelor's degree programs at Harper College

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the launch of the Harper University Center
(Photo Credit: Nicholas Scott) Higher education leaders celebrate the Jan. 10 grand opening of University Center at Harper College where bachelor's degree programs will be offered. From left are: Roosevelt University Provost Lois Becker, Harper College President Kenneth L. Ender, Harper College Board of Trustees Chair Greg Dowell, Northern Illinois University President Lisa C. Freeman and DePaul University Provost Marten L. denBoer.
“Our goal is to provide the same level of service to our students at Harper as they receive at the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses.” Michael Cassidy Vice President for Enrollment Management at Roosevelt University

With an eye toward making a four-year degree even more accessible, Roosevelt University will offer complete bachelor’s degree programs at Harper College in Palatine. 

As a partner in a new, innovative initiative that paves the way for four-year degree completion at a community college, Roosevelt will begin later this year to offer bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and educational studies. A new bachelor’s degree program in health science administration also is under consideration for introduction at Harper.

“We are thrilled to be part of this groundbreaking initiative,” said Lois Becker, provost of Roosevelt University, which has been a strategic partner in the planning and launch of the new University Center at Harper College.

Hosting up to 12 bachelor’s degree programs that will be convenient, affordable and accessible to students who otherwise would transfer to four-year institutions to finish their degrees, the center that opens this month is a joint effort of Harper College, Roosevelt, DePaul and Northern Illinois universities.

“This is a project that promotes significant and positive collaboration among higher education institutions,” said Becker, among the region’s higher education leaders in attendance for the center’s grand opening on Jan. 10.

“It is also an innovation that ultimately will lead to more students being afforded an opportunity to obtain a four-year college degree, which fits perfectly with Roosevelt’s historic mission,” she said.  

Besides the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree, Roosevelt also plans to introduce a new degree program in the fall of 2018 for the Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies, which leads to a statewide employment credential in early childcare and education. Among other programs being considered for the future include Roosevelt’s new Bachelor of Arts in Health Science Administration, which would prepare students for careers in the administration/organization of health care and medical laboratory settings.

“A growing number of students are working to manage college costs while balancing jobs and family commitments,” said Mark Mrozinski, assistant vice president of workforce and community education at Harper. “Having Roosevelt as a strong, strategic partner will give these students a direct pathway to a high-quality degree that is convenient, accessible and affordable.” 

Students generally will complete 60 credit hours for an associate degree at Harper, and then will spend up to two years taking both online and classroom courses at Harper for a bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt. As part of the experience, students will have access from Harper to all Roosevelt services, including admissions, registration and academic advising.

“We are committed to providing a seamless experience for students opting to take Roosevelt bachelor’s degree programs at Harper,” said Michael Cassidy, vice president for enrollment management at Roosevelt. “Our goal is to provide the same level of service to our students at Harper as they receive at the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses.”

For more information, visit www.harpercollege.edu/university or contact Roosevelt’s Office of Admission at admission@roosevelt.edu or Travis Dahlhauser, admission counselor at Roosevelt’s Schaumburg Campus, at 847-619-8442 or tdahlhauser@roosevelt.edu.

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