WC to host B.A. programs at Two Colleges

April 6, 2006

Wilmington College has entered into a unique articulation agreement that will result in WC faculty members teaching at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and Chatfield College. Beginning later this year, the College will host baccalaureate programs at both of those area institutions. In essence, students that earn associate's degrees from Cincinnati State and Chatfield will be able to complete bachelor's of arts degrees in business administration from Wilmington College without leaving the campus where they received their two-year degrees. "We were approached by these institutions, which we took as a compliment," said Iris Kelsen, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the WC's Cincinnati Branches. "We feel this outreach is consistent with our mission." Indeed, the agreements, which were endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Education Commission of the North Central Association, expand Wilmington College's already significant influence in southwestern Ohio. Wilmington has two branch campuses in Cincinnati and a large percentage of main campus students are from the greater Cincinnati area. "The extension of our efforts in the Cincinnati and southwestern Ohio areas will serve more students in a more personal way, which is important in an era of distance education," said WC President Dan DiBiasio. "We believe providing an opportunity for these students to obtain a bachelor's degree in a convenient and quality way will expand their professional and career horizons." Cincinnati State President Dr.Ron D. Wright concurred with those sentiments. "This launches a real good opportunity for our students to be a part of your college," Wright said at the signing of the agreement. "The more avenues students have the better. I think it will open some doors. This is a good opportunity for both of us." "Our students will be able to finish their four-year degree on our campus, a place where they are familiar and comfortable," added Dr. Monica Posey, academic vice president at Cincinnati State. Articulation agreements that facilitate transfers of credit to Wilmington have existed between WC and the two institutions for several years, but this agreement is especially unique in that students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree from Wilmington without ever leaving Cincinnati State or Chatfield. Kelsen said Cincinnati State in particular offers the potential for major growth in the program, as the school has 14,000 students. Chatfield is a Catholic-affiliated college with fewer than 400 students in the northern Brown County town of St. Martin. She said pilot courses will be offered this summer at Chatfield with a fall start planned for the program at Cincinnati State. "We at Chatfield are excited about this new partnership with Wilmington College," said CC President Nancy Linenkugel. "Our two-year graduates now have the opportunity to continue their education and receive bachelor's degrees from Wilmington College right here on our St. Martin Campus." Kathy Springsteen, vice president for academic affairs at WC, said the baccalaureate degree offered at both locations is a bachelor's of arts in business administration degree with a major in management. "We have good programs in business administration and here are groups of students we think can benefit from that," Springsteen said. "We see our mission as serving diverse groups of students in a variety of settings and this is a program that reverts to our mission-it's part of what we're about."