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Potomac State College, Allegany College of Maryland Sign Transfer Agreement

June 21, 2008

By Cumberland Times News, Md.

Jun. 21–Allegany College of Maryland graduates in the business management or criminal justice program now have the chance to earn their bachelor’s degree in those disciplines from Potomac State College of West Virginia University.

The agreement, which was signed recently by both entities, is for Allegany College students who have received an associate’s degree. Those students can now be admitted to Potomac State’s four-year bachelor’s program and will receive a minimum of 60 credits upon their transfer.

Douglas Wilmes, dean for curriculum and instruction at Potomac State, said the agreement is an example of how institutions can work together for the betterment of the student.

“The whole idea of the BAS (bachelor of applied science) degree is to give students in career programs an opportunity to earn a four-year degree without losing any credits,” said Wilmes.

Both Potomac State and Allegany College offer associate degrees in business and criminal justice, but the new bachelor-degree program allows graduates from both colleges to earn their four-year degree without leaving the region.

“The ability of graduates in career programs to seamlessly transfer to bachelor’s degree programs offers an option that has not always been available to these students,” Connie Clifton, Allegany College of Maryland associate dean of instructional affairs, said. “We look forward to working with Potomac State to create additional agreements in the future.”

The new bachelor degrees require 62 hours in addition to the 60 hours that are required to earn the associate degrees.

In addition to general education courses, some of the upper division offerings in business management in-clude surveys of business law, management, marketing and finance; leadership and human behavior; business ethics; and a senior seminar.

Another feature of the program includes a four-credit course in advanced computer applications in business.

In regards to upper division offerings in criminal justice, these include forensic techniques, ethics and the criminal justice system, research methods, current issues and senior seminar.

Potomac State’s ability to offer four-year degrees is the result of becoming a fully integrated division of WVU. Potomac State offered its first bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in criminal justice in June 2005. The business management program was available in fall 2006.

For more information, contact Enrollment Services at (800) 262-7332, (304) 788-6820, or visit the Web site, www.potomacstatecollege.edu.

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