University of Idaho Partners with Community Colleges for Seamless Path to Four-Year Degrees

Monday, August 17 2009

Aug. 17, 2009

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho is partnering with 11 community colleges in Idaho, Washington and Oregon to provide a seamless process for students wishing to complete four-year degrees.

Through campus-to-campus articulation agreements and program-to-program cooperation, the University of Idaho has created more than 700 four-year curriculum plans with the partner institutions. Degree options range from the arts and social sciences, to education, business and the physical sciences.

The partnerships offer students four-year guides in each of the 700 programs so that when they complete their associate degrees at the community college, and then enter the University of Idaho, their general education requirements and any necessary prerequisites are already completed toward a baccalaureate degree.

"Transfer students are one of our top growth areas," said Steve Neiheisel, University of Idaho assistant vice president of enrollment management. "In fact, our new transfer student numbers for this fall are up 12 percent and still growing."

According to a report issued last month by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), community colleges comprise the largest single sector of American postsecondary education, and enroll more than 40 percent of all undergraduates. The same report shows that within six years of their initial enrollment at a community college, roughly half of these students complete a credential or transfer to a four-year college.

"We saw a real opportunity to help these students be successful and complete their degree programs," said Nancy Krogh, University of Idaho registrar. "These plans provide an easy-to-follow guide for both students and advisers to ensure the student stays on track. We work closely with these partner institutions to develop student services and advising tools to assist the students."

Institutions included in this effort are: Bellevue College (Wash.); Blue Mountain Community College (Pendleton, Ore.); Columbia Basin College (Pasco, Wash.); College of Southern Idaho (Twin Falls); College of Western Idaho (Nampa); North Idaho College (Coeur d'Alene); Portland Community College (Ore.); Spokane Community College (Wash.); Spokane Falls Community College (Wash.); Treasure Valley Community College (Ontario, Ore.); and Walla Walla Community College (Clarkston and Walla Walla, Wash.).

The university's Web site maps out specific programs and coursework plans at  

Krogh said the university is working with other institutions on targeted programs. She said discussions also are underway to partner with other four-year institutions in Idaho to provide a smooth transition to graduate programs.
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