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DATE: November 19, 2004

Environmental studies students will benefit from agreement between HFCC and UM-Dearborn

DEARBORN---Students who complete an associate's degree in environmental studies at Henry Ford Community College will be able to transfer seamlessly into the bachelor's degree program in environmental studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, thanks to an agreement signed by the two schools earlier this month.

The agreement "will give students at both of our institutions the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary atmosphere to study and solve environmental problems at the local, regional, national and international levels," according to Edward Chielens, vice president and dean of academic education at HFCC.

"This partnership is another example of the strong relationship and shared missions of our schools, and of our commitment to provide the best possible educational opportunities to our students," Chielens said.

Under the terms of the agreement, HFCC students will be able to transfer up to 62 credits, including some specialty courses as well as general education and core curriculum credits, toward the 120 needed to complete a bachelor's degree at UM-Dearborn.

HFCC currently offers a two-year associate's degree program in pre-environmental studies. The pre-environmental studies program at HFCC focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problem solving, according to Judy Kelly, director of the program at HFCC. "Many of my students are very interested in transferring to UM-Dearborn, and this articulation agreement really streamlines the process," she said.

HFCC graduates will get equal consideration with other transfer applicants to UM-Dearborn's program. If the university's enrollment results in space limitations, some spaces will be reserved for HFCC students planning entry into the program.

Environmental studies have long been a major academic focus at UM-Dearborn, and more than a third of the campus is dedicated to a natural area supporting research and educational programs. Environmental studies graduates find careers in natural resources management, education, public policy and other fields.

"Faculty and students in environmental studies at HFCC have worked closely with the University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty over the years, and they have taken advantage of the natural areas that form part of the border between our campuses," according to UM-Dearborn Provost Robert L. Simpson. "So this agreement is a way of formalizing the links that have been created over many years between our schools."

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