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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
South Jersey County and Community College Links Offer New Options
New Educational Opportunities Close to Home and Work
Teaneck, NJ (April 30, 2001) ó In a new program announced today, individuals who have an associate degree from Burlington County College, Gloucester County College and Raritan Valley Community College will have the opportunity to complete the bachelorís degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University on their own community college campus.
According to Fairleigh Dickinson President J. Michael Adams, "The degree completion program provides new and exciting educational opportunities. Close to home and work, it allows area residents to complete upper division courses that are required for select Fairleigh Dickinson undergraduate degree programs and specific graduate programs on these community college campuses."
This local campus program will also serve residents of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania who have the equivalent of an associate degree and wish to complete their undergraduate education at these locations.
"Gloucester County College has established a number of articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities and these have been of great benefit to our students, " said GCC President William F. Anderson. "We take particular pleasure from the Fairleigh Dickinson pact, because of the academic stature of that institution and the fact that thanks to FDU, our students can earn their baccalaureate degrees without leaving our campus or community. We welcome this association."
"Degree completion and dual admissions agreements significantly increase opportunities and educational options for our students, " said G. Jeremiah Ryan, president of Raritan Valley Community College.
"This is yet another exciting example of how two New Jersey higher education institutions can work together to benefit current and future students with an outstanding array of opportunities. We are delighted to be a partner with Fairleigh Dickinson University," said Dr. Robert C. Messina, Jr., president of Burlington County College.
A Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies will be offered at each location and will provide personalized academic options for students. Specialized concentrations within that degree include business foundations (at all three locations), communications (Burlington and Raritan) criminal justice (Gloucester and Burlington) and computer and information systems (Gloucester and Raritan). Additionally, a Bachelor of Arts degree will prepare students to continue their studies toward a Fairleigh Dickinson graduate degree program Master of Arts in Teaching at all three locations.
A special degree completion program leading to a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) will be offered at Raritan Valley Community College and Gloucester County College. In addition, Raritan Valley Community College will offer a bachelorís degree completion program in criminal justice.
On each campus, a full-time administrator will be in place to oversee the day-to-day operation and academic advising of the programs. All instruction in the programs will be from Fairleigh Dickinson faculty or community college adjunct faculty appointed by the University.
Gary Hamme, Fairleigh Dickinson vice president for enrollment and career management said, "This educational initiative responds to trends in business and society and builds on Fairleigh Dickinson Universityís strengths, including its extensive global programs, and reputation as a preferred provider of quality higher education services in New Jersey."
Official signing ceremonies were held on the three campuses on April 23 and 30.