Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman, left, and Middlesex College President Mark McCormick, sign a transfer agreement. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIDDLESEX COLLEGE
Stockton University has signed a dual admission and transfer partnership agreement with Middlesex College that will help students make a smooth transition from two-year college to Stockton's bachelor's program.
The five-year agreement strengthens the relationship between Stockton and Middlesex by providing multiple opportunities for students to smoothly pursue associate's and bachelor's degrees at the two institutions of higher education, according to information provided by Middlesex College.
Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman said the agreement will give students access to Stockton services while attending Middlesex College, and will provide a smooth path to Stockton as juniors after earning their degree from associate, according to the statement.
"More than 300 Middlesex County students already attend Stockton," Kesselman said in the statement. “This program will give more students the confidence to know that they are on the path to a four-year college degree.”
Stockton Director of Enrollment Management Robert Heinrich said the Transfer Pathways program offers students dual admission options, including access to Stockton University services while attending Middlesex College.
"If a student applies to Stockton but is not initially accepted as a freshman, through the Transfer Pathways program we offer the opportunity for conditional acceptance if they start at Middlesex College," Heinrich said in the statement. "If students are already enrolled in Middlesex, they can apply for conditional acceptance in Stockton while they work toward their associate's degree."
Linda Scherr, vice president for academic affairs at Middlesex College, said she was very pleased with the initiative.
"We are proud to partner with Stockton University to provide another excellent avenue for Middlesex College graduates to earn a bachelor's degree from one of the best public universities in the Northeast," he said in the statement.
Middlesex College President Mark McCormick agreed.
"Middlesex College is pleased to partner with the University of Stockton to provide expanded transfer opportunities for our graduates," he said in the statement. "Our institutions share the same values: to offer quality higher education at an affordable cost in a student-centered environment of exceptional teaching and learning."
Terms of the agreement include:
- Students who are denied direct admission to Stockton may receive dual conditional admission in partnership with Middlesex College. Students will attend classes at Middlesex College, but will have access to campus accommodation, activities, and student groups in Stockton and will receive a special Stockton ID card through its Transfer Pathways program.
- Students who successfully complete their associate's degree at Middlesex College can automatically transfer to Stockton with junior status to complete their bachelor's degree. Stockton application fees will not apply to eligible students.
- Students who complete at least 36 credits at Middlesex College, and a total of 64 credits between the county college and the four-year institution, are eligible to receive a retroactive associate's degree from Middlesex College. Stockton and Middlesex College will jointly host "reverse transfer" information sessions for students.
- Stockton and Middlesex College will develop specific program-to-program articulation agreements for high demand majors to facilitate quality and ease of transfer.
- Students will receive joint counseling from both institutions and a Stockton counselor will have office space and regular hours at Middlesex College.
- Students will be eligible to receive financial aid from whatever institution they attend. Stockton will award five one-year scholarships of $ 2,000 per year to Middlesex College graduates whose admission to Stockton is covered by the agreement.
- Stockton and Middlesex College will establish an advisory committee to ensure best practices in recruitment, enrollment management, academic and student services, information technology, marketing, and facility use.
Stockton already has similar agreements with Atlantic Cape Community College, Brookdale Community College, Camden County College, Mercer County Community College, County College of Morris, Ocean County College, Rowan College of South Jersey, Rowan College in Burlington County and Salem Community College and is seeking additional partnerships with other community colleges in the state.