EDISON — For Middlesex County College students taking the route toward a bachelor’s degree at Kean University, the transfer process got a bit easier.
The two higher education institutions — led by Dawood Farahi, president of Kean University and Joann La Perla-Morales, president of Middlesex County College — signed a joint admissions agreement on Sept. 26.
“Middlesex County College (MCC) students make up 15 percent of Kean’s transfer admissions population,” said Dr. Farahi, president of Kean University. “This new Joint Admissions Program provides students with a seamless route toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Kean University without wasting time or money [and/or] taking credits that don’t transfer. This initiative also serves to extend the reach of Kean’s world-class programs, faculty, facilities and services to students who begin their studies at the community college.”
The agreement provides MCC students provisional admission to Kean in Union. Upon successful completion of the student’s Associate Degree at MCC, students may gain full admission to one of several approved degree programs at Kean University.
Students who are pursuing an Associate Degree at MCC through the Joint Admissions Program will have immediate access to Kean’s faculty and advisors as well as invitations to special programs and campus events.
The agreement provides advisement and transfer of credits, allowing students to enter Kean University as a junior in the following undergraduate degree programs: biology, psychology, accounting, and management in general business, supply chain and entrepreneurship.
“Middlesex County College is already one of the biggest senders of students to Kean, because we know that Kean takes great care of our students,” La Perla-Morales said. “Now, students can come to Middlesex County College knowing exactly what classes they need to be able to go on and succeed at Kean because their path is spelled out for them. We are very pleased to continue our work with Kean.”
For two consecutive years, Kean University has been named to Phi Theta Kappa’s Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities for their dynamic community college transfer pathways.
The university has agreements and partnerships with a growing number of community colleges to help their students make a smooth transition to Kean.
In addition to the first six programs approved for joint admission in the Kean University—Middlesex County College Joint Admissions Program, similar opportunities will be made available in chemistry, early childhood education, elementary education, history and computer science.
At the signing ceremony, members of the two schools’ admissions and enrollment teams identified additional programs in sociology, political science and criminal justice that will be evaluated for future inclusion in the joint admissions agreement.