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MCCC Global Studies Students Have More Options With Rider University Dual Enrollment Agreement


WEST WINDSOR Ė Mercer County Community College (MCCC) students pursuing a career in Global Studies now have a clearer path to their bachelorís degree, with the signing of a dual enrollment agreement between MCCC and Rider University.

"This is really a great program," said John Simone, Assistant Dean of Student Services and Athletics Director, noting he knows of a student ready to sign up.

The new dual enrollment agreement applies to MCCC students earning an associate degree with a Global Studies concentration. Under the terms of the agreement, Rider will grant 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 with a concentration in Global Studies, and have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Rider will waive application fees.

Rider, Mercer Global Studies Agreement

Robin Schore, Dean of the Liberal Arts Division at MCCC; Donald Generals, MCCC's Vice President of Academic Affairs; DonnaJean Fredeen, Provost and Vice President at Rider University; and Patricia Mosto, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Science at Rider following the signing of a dual enrollment agreement in Global Studies.

"We are living in a global economy, and it is increasingly important for students to have an understanding of how international economies and cultures interact," said Dr. Donald Generals, Vice President of Academic Affairs at MCCC. "This agreement with Rider University will create new international opportunities for Mercer and Rider students, and strengthens a partnership between two institutions dedicated to student development and success."

DonnaJean Fredeen, Riderís Provost and Vice President, noted that the dual enrollment agreement includes a component where Mercer students are able to concurrently attend a class on Riderís campus Ė thus providing a smoother transition to a four-year institution.

"We are very proud to continue our longstanding relationship with Mercer County Community College," Fredeen said. "Agreements like this are beneficial for both institutions, but most importantly, for the students who gain improved opportunities to excel in higher education."

Riderís Global Studies major offers students the freedom to create their own course of study, combining courses from Education to Political Science, from Communications to Foreign Languages, all based upon a studentís personal and professional interests. There are opportunities for Study Abroad in a variety of countries, along with international and domestic internship possibilities. The new agreement builds on an existing relationship between Mercer and Rider established in April 2013, when a similar agreement was signed for the Global Supply Chain Management program.

"We celebrate yet another outstanding agreement between Mercer County Community College and Rider University," said MCCC President Dr. Patricia C. Donohue. "Rider has been a terrific partner."


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