William Paterson University to Offer Bachelor's Degree Programs on Mercer County Community College Campus

6-23-09

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College (MCCC) and William Paterson University (WPU) in Wayne, NJ, signed an agreement June 23 that enables WPU to offer bachelor's degree programs right on Mercer's West Windsor campus.

Students who successfully complete associate of arts degrees will be able to transfer into the William Paterson program, which will offer bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education, Liberal Studies and Psychology. The classes, taught by WPU faculty, will begin this September, and will take place in late afternoons, evenings, Fridays, on weekends, and online.

According to MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, one of the college's goals is to increase articulated programs to provide opportunities for local students. "Our students have been asking for the opportunity to complete bachelor degrees in education on our campus. This partnership with William Paterson University is ideal for many."

MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, seated, left, and William Paterson University President Arnold Speert sign a new agreement that enables William Paterson University to offer bachelor's degree programs on Mercer's campus. Standing, from left, are MCCC Vice President Donald Generals and WPU Provost and Senior Vice President Edward Weil.

William Paterson University President Arnold Speert said, "We were very impressed with Mercer's program and felt that our institutions were right for collaboration. We saw a need for this program in central New Jersey."

While students will not need to travel to William Paterson University to complete their degree, they will be full-fledged William Paterson students and will have access to the institution's library, information technology resources, and other student benefits. One of the nine state colleges and universities in New Jersey, WPU began more than 150 years ago to prepare teachers for the classroom, and is now a public comprehensive university.

For additional information, contact Laurene Jones, director of transfer services at Mercer County Community College, at jonesl@mccc.edu or 609-570-3307.

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