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Dakota Wesleyan University signs articulation agreement with Northeast Community College

A recent articulation agreement between Northeast Community College, Norfolk, Nebraska, and Dakota Wesleyan University, will make it more efficient for Northeast graduates to transfer and achieve bachelor's degrees within four years of beginning ...

A recent articulation agreement between Northeast Community College, Norfolk, Nebraska, and Dakota Wesleyan University, will make it more efficient for Northeast graduates to transfer and achieve bachelor's degrees within four years of beginning their post-high school education.

With about 45 percent of Northeast Community College graduates continuing their education at four-year colleges, DWU dean of admissions Fredel Thomas saw an opportunity for a new partnership.

"We decided to approach Northeast Community College because their programs align so perfectly with our own-they have 10 two-year degrees that are highly compatible with our programs, in addition to others that could complement and give those students a way to earn a bachelor's degree." Thomas said. "These range from criminal justice and wildlife management, to business and entrepreneurship, to athletic training and nursing."

Dakota Wesleyan has also created program maps that outline exactly what a Northeast student needs to take and do to transfer, after two years, straight into a junior-level position at DWU.

"DWU has a transfer coordinator in our admissions office-Derek Lien-who created program maps for each major to ensure their credits are transferable to DWU," Thomas said. "In most cases, as long as the student declares his or her major as a freshman at Northeast Community College and follows their program map, when they transfer to DWU, they should be able to still graduate within four years-that's our goal."

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In the case of the nursing program at DWU, Northeast nursing students will enter into the DWU program as RNs and immediately begin the RN to bachelor of science-nursing online program and should be able to finish within 13 months.

"And because our RN to bachelor of science degree is online, students do not need to relocate to Mitchell to finish-which is a great advantage to students who might already be working in the field, have families or just cannot make the move," Thomas said.

There is also a special perk for Northeast Community College transfer students-they will receive a $1,000 transfer bonus toward tuition. They will also be eligible to receive GPA-based transfer scholarships; a $2,000 Phi Theta Kappa honors society scholarship for those who are already members; and apply for United Methodist, performing arts and athletic scholarships.

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