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MCCC, Rider Sign Transfer Agreement for Elementary Education Majors


WEST WINDSOR – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) students pursuing a career in Elementary Education now have a clearer path to their bachelor’s degree, with the signing of a transfer articulation agreement with Rider University.

"Today we celebrate yet another outstanding agreement between Mercer County Community College and Rider University," said MCCC President Dr. Patricia C. Donohue. "This agreement will create new opportunities for Mercer and Rider students, and strengthens a partnership between two institutions dedicated to student development and success."

This is the third agreement inked between Mercer and Rider, which includes dual admission agreements for students pursuing degrees in Global Supply Chain Management and Global Studies. Dr. Eun-Woo Chang, MCCC's vice president for Academic Affairs, said he would like to see more of these agreements in the very near future.

Eun-Woo Chang and James O'Hara

Dr. Eun-Woo Chang, vice president for Academic Affairs at Mercer County Community College and James O’Hara, vice president for Enrollment Management at Rider University, sign a guaranteed transfer agreement between the two institutions for students pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.

"This is a very exciting time," Chang said. "I hope we expand this sort of agreement into other programs as well."

Dr. Sharon Sherman, dean of Rider University’s School of Education, added, "We are very proud to continue our longstanding relationship with Mercer County Community College. Agreements like this are beneficial for both institutions, but most importantly, for the students who gain improved opportunities to excel in higher education."

The agreement grants full junior-class admission to Rider for MCCC students who have declared their participation in the program before accruing 30 credit hours at MCCC, have taken and completed all courses in the prescribed program curriculum, have earned their associate degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, Elementary Education, and have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Rider will waive application fees.

James O’Hara, vice president for Enrollment Management at Rider, noted that MCCC is the largest feeder school of transfer students to Rider, with 61 new students this year alone -- nine of them Elementary Education majors.


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