“Future Vikings” Partnership Increases Bachelor’s Degree Access
Tri-C and Cleveland State University unite transfer partnerships under one umbrella
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) and Cleveland State University have teamed up to create an even more streamlined process to earning a bachelor’s degree.
The Future Vikings program brings the institutions’ transfer partnerships together under a single umbrella program, allowing for a smoother transition from earning an associate degree at Tri-C to earning a bachelor’s degree at Cleveland State.
A CSU release this week notes the program’s benefits to students, which include access to Tri-C and CSU Transfer Centers, transfer specialists, faculty counselors, academic advisors and academic/student support services; early connections to CSU academic colleges and departments; one-on-one advising at both institutions; pathways that ensure courses transfer and apply toward a CSU degree; and priority consideration for transfer scholarships among those who meet academic qualifications.
Tri-C and CSU have a long history of collaboration, but both schools note this is a particularly important program to promote economic recovery in Northeast Ohio.
“There is a shortage of adults in Northeast Ohio with college degrees and the skills needed for current and future jobs,” said Angela Johnson, Tri-C’s vice president of access and completion. “Increasing the number of college graduates is critical to the economic vitality of our region and the state.”
Jonathan Wehner, CSU’s vice president and dean of admissions, considers Future Vikings a critical step toward removing barriers to higher education in the region.
“CSU and Tri-C have a long history of working together to meet the needs of students,” he said. “Removing barriers and streamlining the transfer process help make a college education more accessible and more affordable.”
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September 17, 2021
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