September 15, 2008

Gateway and UNH Sign Articulation Agreement

By Anonymous

Delegates of Gateway Community College and the University of New Haven (UNH) recently came together on Gateway's Long Wharf campus to formally sign the Dual Admissions and Core-to-Core Articulation Agreement between the two institutions.

Under the articulation agreement, Gateway students will be guaranteed admission into one of the more than 90 undergraduate degree programs offered by UNH, be it part-time, full-time or accelerated, with full third-year status.

This agreement fosters a valuable relationship between Gateway and the private four-year institution. Academic grants of up to $12,000 per year for students with a GPA of over 3.0 will help to facilitate students' transition from Gateway to UNH.

Gateway President Dr. Dorsey Kendrick is proud to boast an agreement that widens the choices available to students. "The role of our college is to create pathways for our students to make any choice they want in pursuing their dreams," she said.

Gateway Community College becomes the first community college with which UNH has initiated a Dual Admissions and Core-to-Core agreement. Historically, UNH enabled only program-to-program articulation agreements that were limited to graduates of specific Gateway programs. This new agreement reaches out to Gateway students from all programs and increases their freedom in selection of courses and majors.

Dr. Mark Kosinski, Gateway's dean of academic affairs, expects that the agreement will "ensure continuity in education for many students receiving their two-year degree at Gateway Community College - encouraging them to further pursue their baccalaureate degree at the University of New Haven." He added that the agreement "literally doubles the chances for student success."

Per the conditions of the agreement, Gateway students will be guaranteed admission to any UNH baccalaureate program. UNH will also accept Gateway's general education requirements, provided that each individual course fulfills criterion similar to those established by the university. Gateway students may be required to complete core competencies not satisfied by the Gateway Community College general education requirement.

Gateway Community College anticipates working closely with the University of New Haven in the coming years to further refine the agreement as student interest increases. UNH will support Gateway students with transfer counselors who will regularly visit the Gateway campus to answer questions posed by students in either a public forum or in person.

"With careful planning and advising, students will meet the UNH core requirements while completing an associate degree at Gateway Community College," said Lauren Doninger, program coordinator of the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Gateway.

Biannual mailings, further detailing the program will be sent to eligible students in an attempt to encourage further exploration of the new agreement.

As Kendrick noted, "Education is really about partnerships that build pathways for students' success."

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