PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College associate-degree graduates are now conditionally guaranteed admission to SUNY Potsdam as they continue their undergraduate education.
Last week, CCC President Ray DiPasquale and SUNY Potsdam President Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg signed a memorandum of understanding solidifying the agreement, which "facilitates seamless transfer to baccalaureate programs at SUNY Potsdam," according to a press release.
"This agreement is another example of our local educational institutions working together to assist students in our region to be able to continue on with their education," DiPasquale said in a statement.
"Partnering with Potsdam in this endeavor creates new opportunities for our students."
This is CCC's only agreement for guaranteed admission to a four-year SUNY institution, DiPasquale told the Press-Republican.
He added that criminal justice, liberal arts, English and psychology are anticipated to be the most popular SUNY Potsdam programs among CCC graduates.
"CCC has a variety of programs that link up well to our majors, so we envision helping students form paths into many of our academic offerings," SUNY Potsdam Director of Public Relations Alexandra Jacobs Wilke said.
For example, CCC's programs in the liberal arts, sciences and humanities will match up with SUNY Potsdam's English, history and biology majors.
"Some of our newest and most popular majors match up well to associate degrees that CCC offers, including business administration, psychology, criminal justice studies, environmental studies and community health," Wilke said.
On average, 15 CCC students look at attending Potsdam each year, DiPasquale said.
"We are now thinking with the new partnership, that this could double."
SUNY Potsdam has signed or is signing such agreements with Jefferson Community College, SUNY Adirondack and North Country Community College as well, Wilke said.
Negotiations for the MOU with CCC began just under a year ago when presidents and provosts from both institutions met to discuss collaborative efforts.
"Both campuses saw an opportunity to make this transfer pathway easier for students, to help more local graduates complete their degrees," Wilke said.
The agreement forges new academic ties between the two colleges, Esterberg said in a statement.
"We are pleased to offer guaranteed admission to qualified CCC graduates who want to complete their undergraduate studies here at SUNY Potsdam.
"We know they will make positive additions to our campus community, and look forward to welcoming them into the Potsdam family."
CCC students who opt for this program will receive advising and degree planning support from both institutions.
That will ensure the students take appropriate coursework and stay on target for timely degree completion, the press release said.
Certain baccalaureate programs, like teacher education, will require students to meet additional program or college requirements.
Wilke added that admission to The Crane School of Music is by audition only, and that bachelor of fine arts programs in visual arts, graphic design and new media, and creative writing require portfolio review.
Students who transfer from CCC are well-prepared for success at SUNY Potsdam, Wilke said.
"The hope is that this type of agreement will entice more CCC students to consider SUNY Potsdam as a transfer destination."
The agreement goes into effect immediately, so CCC's December graduates will be eligible, DiPasquale said.
CCC sees the MOU as an incentive to increase enrollment, he added.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have a seamless admissions process directly to Potsdam."
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To learn more about the program that conditionally guarantees admission to SUNY Potsdam for Clinton Community College students, contact CCC's admissions office at 518-562-4170 or Potsdam's at 315-267-2180.