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UIS signs dual admissions agreement with Kaskaskia College
July 21, 2003
SPRINGFIELD Officials at the University of Illinois at Springfield have signed a Dual Admissions Agreement with Kaskaskia College that will facilitate KC students smooth transfer into baccalaureate degree programs at UIS.
Marya Leatherwood, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at UIS, and director of enrollment management, said that the agreement would provide a smooth transition for Kaskaskia students who continue their educations at UIS.
The two institutions are similar in several ways, she added, not the least of which is our dedication to academic excellence with smaller class sizes and opportunities for faculty-student interaction.
This agreement will ensure Kaskaskia students a seamless transfer experience, agreed Vicki Cook, dean of community education at Kaskaskia.
The agreement pledges both institutions to cooperate in a number of student services and academic collaborations that will be advantageous to students at both institutions.
Leatherwood noted that benefits for UIS include the chance for students to visit campus early and meet with admissions staff and academic advisers well in advance of matriculation. These students will be better prepared for upper division courses in their fields of study, she said. The agreement will also provide UIS with an opportunity to increase its presence in area high schools and local communities.
Under terms of the agreement, students who apply for dual admission must meet all applicable requirements of both institutions and must maintain a grade-point average of at least 2.00.
Students who are accepted into the program are not automatically guaranteed entrance into a particular academic program, however.
UIS celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2000 and enrolled 4,451 students in fall 2002. It offers 20 bachelors degree programs as well as 25 baccalaureate minors.
With approximately 5,600 students, Kaskaskia was the first community college in Illinois established under the Junior College Act of 1965. It offers transferable associate of science and associate of arts degrees as well as a number of associate degree career and certificate programs.
UIS also has Dual Admissions Agreements with other community colleges across the state of Illinois and is developing partnership agreements for online baccalaureate degree programs with numerous community colleges and consortia in the US.
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