December 04, 2015
Ursinus has joined with Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) ensuring MCCC graduates a seamless transfer to Ursinus College, expanding the opportunities Ursinus offers to the community.
The articulation agreement signed by college officials Dec. 3 encourages and facilitates the transfer of qualifying MCCC graduates to Ursinus to complete their baccalaureate degrees.
Under the agreement, MCCC students who graduate with Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.), Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.) degrees and have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) may transfer to Ursinus with junior status, given they meet Ursinus admissions requirements and complete a transfer admissions intent form prior to applying.
“This is an important day, marking the beginning of our journey and celebrating our partnership,” said President Brock Blomberg, also acknowledging the contribution of the late Ursinus President Dr. Bobby Fong with this agreement. “Since its inception, Ursinus has the philosophy of creating a wider bandwidth of opportunities, like this one.
“This is the first articulation agreement with any community college, and we’re glad it’s with MCCC,” he said. “This agreement could not have been accomplished without the great collaboration of faculty from Ursinus and Montgomery,” said Dr. James Linksz, MCCC Interim President. “Collaboration created this bridge between the two institutions, which are both in the business of helping students succeed.”
The latest agreement is the fifth between MCCC and a highly selective institution; other such partners include Bucknell University, Bryn Mawr College, Dickinson College and Lehigh University. In total, MCCC has transfer agreements with close to 60 colleges and universities.
MCCC is Ursinus’s first formal community college partner.Building formal relationships with select colleges and universities streamlines the transfer process. These partnerships also introduce students to transfer destinations they may not have considered, such as select liberal arts institutions like Ursinus.
This transfer agreement is not the first time the two institutions have collaborated. Over the summer, two MCCC STEM students—Sean Heron, of Royersford, and Rachel Simon, of Bensalem—participated in Ursinus’s Pilot Program for Community College Research, where they worked on original research projects alongside teams of Ursinus students and faculty mentors as part of our competitive Summer Fellows program.
“This was a great experience,” said Heron. “I was able to use the techniques I learned at MCCC and adapt them for what was needed in the lab. It helped me to grow as a student, and it also verified the career path I want to pursue.”