William Jewell, MCC partner to provide better access to bachelor’s degrees

Leaders from William Jewell College and MCC came together Thursday morning to finalize a series of agreements between the two colleges. Pictured are (l to r): Fran Padow, MCC director of educational services; Kathy Haug, WJC assistant dean of transfer admission; Dr. Anne Dema, WJC provost; Dr. David Sallee, WJC president; Mark James, MCC chancellor; Paul Long, MCC vice chancellor; Dr. Tuesday Stanley, MCC vice chancellor.

MCC students now have an easier way to pursue a straight line to a bachelor’s degree, thanks to a series of agreements finalized today between William Jewell College and MCC.

At a ceremony at MCC’s administrative center, officials from both colleges signed a dual admissions agreement and 18 separate articulation agreements.

The dual admissions agreement is among the first MCC has entered into with a private college. MCC students who declare their intention to transfer to William Jewell College are immediately afforded access to Jewell’s academic advising, scholarships and grants and reduced tuition for classes taken concurrently at Jewell during the last 30 hours of work on their associate degree.

“This new agreement provides an outstanding opportunity for Metropolitan Community College students to have a clear path toward completion of their bachelor’s degrees in just two years at a selective, nationally recognized liberal arts college,” said Dr. David Sallee, president of William Jewell College. “Our admission staff is excited to begin work with MCC students to make this experience possible.”

Each of the 18 articulation agreements creates a seamless degree plan for students who complete a designated associate’s degree at MCC and want to pursue a bachelor’s degree at William Jewell. For the student, this means that credits earned at MCC will be accepted by Jewell when transferring from MCC.

Students who have completed the prescribed set of courses at any one of MCC’s five campuses would then be eligible to transfer to William Jewell to pursue the corresponding bachelor’s degree:

  • Associate in Arts (A.A.), business –> Bachelor of Science (B.S.), accounting
  • A.A., business –> B.S., business administration
  • A.A. –> Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), art
  • A.A. –> B.A., economics
  • A.A. –> B.A., English
  • A.A. –> B.A., French
  • A.A. –> B.A., history
  • A.A. –> B.A., international relations
  • A.A. –> B.A., political science
  • A.A. –> B.A., psychology
  • A.A. –> B.A., recreation and sport
  • A.A. –> B.A., religion and culture
  • A.A. –> B.A., Spanish
  • A.A. –> B.A., theatre
  • A.A. –> B.A., nonprofit leadership
  • A.A. –> B.A., communication
  • Associate in Science (A.S.), biology –> B.A., biology
  • A.S., chemistry –> B.A., chemistry

The new partnership both provides greater opportunities for MCC students and strengthens the college’s ties with northland communities, said Mark James, chancellor of Metropolitan Community College.

“Metropolitan Community College has had a longstanding relationship with northland communities through our Maple Woods campus and more recently our Business & Technology campus. This new partnership with William Jewell College provides a whole new opportunity for MCC’s students to transfer credits earned with us to a nationally acclaimed liberal arts college located right in our backyard,” said James. “I applaud Dr. Sallee’s vision and collaborative spirit.  This is a great day for MCC students.”

All of the agreements are effective immediately.