Dr. Marilou Johnson (left), Vice Provost for Academic Development at James Madison University, and Mercer County Community College President Dr. Jianping Wang sign a guaranteed admissions agreement at MCCC’s West Windsor Campus.
WEST WINDSOR – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) has signed a guaranteed admissions agreement with Virginia’s James Madison University (JMU), the first community college agreement outside the prestigious institution’s home state.
“When we were looking for partnerships outside of Virginia, we identified a number of our students who came from Mercer County,” said Dr. Marilou Johnson, Vice Provost for Academic Development at JMU, noting that James Madison has agreements with all community colleges in its home state. “It didn’t take much to say Mercer County Community College would be our first community college partner outside of Virginia. Considering the similarities between our mission and Mercer’s mission, we will do well together.”
Under the agreement, MCCC students who graduate with an Associate in Science or Associate in Arts degree and sign guaranteed admission agreement letter of intent form is eligible. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, with no grade lower than a C, and must follow JMU’s core academic requirements.
“In higher education, partnerships are the name of the game,” said MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang. “Together, we can do a lot. Our students will have more opportunities and choices, and I hope this is just the beginning.”
Located in Harrisonburg, Va., JMU offers 115 degree programs on the bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral levels. Last year, U.S. News and World Report ranked JMU second in the south among public masters-level universities. In 2014, the school’s College of Business was ranked 40th in the nation among undergraduate business programs by BloombergBusiness.