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DATE: February 13, 2002

UM-Dearborn partners with Macomb Community College makes transferring easier for online, traditional students

DEARBORN--- A new articulation agreement between the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Macomb Community College will allow Macomb's students who take online courses to receive the same benefits as traditional students when transferring credits toward a bachelor's degree at UM-Dearborn.

"Both UM-Dearborn and Macomb Community College have a real commitment to our students who take courses online," according to Robert L. Simpson, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at UM-Dearborn. "This agreement strengthens our ability to serve a growing population of students while moving them seamlessly from one institution to another. It's a process that was unimaginable three or four years ago, but technology has now made it possible."

Whether enrolled in online or traditional campus courses, the agreement allows Macomb students who earn an associate of arts, science, applied science, general studies or applied science in general business degrees to transfer up to a maximum of 62 credits toward the bachelor of general studies degree at UM-Dearborn.

"The renewal of this partnership will allow Macomb students to take better advantage of educational opportunities offered in this region," according to Paul Wong, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters at UM-Dearborn. "Now, more students can participate in a seamless transfer process and have full benefit of both on-campus and distance-learning options at UM-Dearborn."

"With an emphasis on student success, this agreement reflects Macomb's true spirit of providing a variety of learning options to meet individual student needs," said Rose Bellanca, provost at Macomb. "We are committed to working with educational partners to provide our students with an effortless transition as they advance from their associate's degree at Macomb to pursuing a bachelor's degree."

Macomb Community College is one of the nation's leading community colleges, serving more than 30,000 students and reaching more than 350,000 persons each year through cultural and community service programs. The college's comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor's degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, and community education and enrichment opportunities.

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