MCC, KU sign agreement to make transferring easier

KU Chancellor Doug Girod and MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty sign an “academic pathway” agreement at a ceremony at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

Metropolitan Community College students wishing to transfer to the University of Kansas will now find “a straight pathway and not lose one credit as they pursue a baccalaureate degree,” MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said at an April 23 ceremony.

Under an agreement signed by Dr. Beatty and KU Chancellor Doug Girod, an MCC associate in arts degree will now meet KU general education requirements (Core Goals 1 through 3), just as A.A. degrees from other Kansas community colleges do. This is the first time KU has signed such an agreement with an out-of-state higher education institution.

MCC students have been transferring to KU all along, Dr. Beatty said, but the new agreement “kind of cements it and puts in a package.”

MCC and KU officials expect the new academic partnership to provide MCC students with a seamless transition to KU that will save them time and money.

Jessica Hammer is an MCC alumna about to finish her bachelor’s degree in exercise science at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, site of the signing ceremony. She said the partnership will “streamline the process” of transferring from MCC to KU.

KU student (and MCC alumna) Jessica Hammer (left) speaks at the signing event as KU Chancellor Doug Girod (from left), MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty and KU Edwards Campus Vice Chancellor David Cook look on.

She took her first MCC class at the Longview campus in 1999. She had the “pleasure and convenience” of taking classes at all five MCC campuses over the years, winning athletic scholarships twice — joining the Longview cross country team first in 2012, at age 31, and again in 2014.

Throughout her college career at MCC and KU, she has also worked full time. She co-owns KC Endurance, a treadmill running studio.

“MCC and KU allowed the flexibility to fit a degree into my life,” Hammer said.

KU Chancellor Girod, himself a community college graduate, said enrollment at the KU Edwards Campus is at an all-time high. He noted that KU tuition has been rising as declines in state funding continue. At the same time, he said, a college degree has never been more important.

The KU Edwards Campus’ MetroKC tuition rate is the same as KU in-state tuition. Students in 11 contiguous Missouri counties can take advantage of the MetroKC rate.  KU Edwards offers 10 undergraduate and 18 graduate degrees, in addition to a number of certificate programs.

KU Chancellor Doug Girod (from left), MCC alumna and KU student Jessica Hammer and MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty

Related: MCC, KU sign agreement to advance pathways for KC students (KU News)

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Posted by Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City on Monday, April 23, 2018