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June 14, 2002

CCC and Rogers State University Announce Partnership

Coffeyville Community College and Rogers State University have announced a partnership allowing students who earn an associate's degree from CCC to seamlessly transfer to RSU and pursue a bachelor's degree.

The two schools recently signed an articulation agreement allowing CCC students who earn an associate's degree to transfer to RSU without having to retake any classes or lose any credits.

In addition, CCC graduates will not be required to pay out-of-state tuition to attend RSU, which has campuses in Bartlesville and Claremore, Okla.

"CCC and RSU are working closely to provide students a seamless four-year education," said RSU President Joe Wiley. "In effect, this will allow students to begin working on their bachelor's degrees while enrolled at CCC."

RSU is the closest four-year university to Coffeyville, with campuses 35 minutes away in Bartlesville and an hour away in Claremore.

"We are excited to offer our students this new opportunity to begin planning their requirements for a bachelor's degree as early as their freshman year," said CCC President Sam Bass.

In the future, RSU may offer some classes at the college's campus in Coffeyville.

"This articulation agreement provides a way for students who earn the associate in applied science degree in a technical area to transfer into a bachelor's degree program," said Marlon Thornburg, CCC dean of academic and student services. "Previously, the associate of applied science degree was a terminal degree. Students would were required to earn an associate in arts or science to transfer into a bachelor's degree program."

RSU offers bachelor's degrees in applied technology, business information technology (computer network administration), business information technology (software development and multimedia), biology (environmental conservation), biology (medical molecular), liberal arts, social science (history and political science) and social science (psychology and sociology). RSU also offers associate's degrees in a wide variety of disciplines.

RSU also is planning to add new bachelor's degrees in the future, pending approval by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

To enroll at RSU, students must complete an admission application and submit copies of official transcripts from previous high schools and colleges they attended. ACT scores also will be required.

RSU is a regional four-year university serving more than 2,800 students. RSU is a national leader in distance education and was the first public university in Oklahoma to offer bachelor's and associate's degrees entirely via the Internet. RSU also is the only university in Oklahoma to operate a full-power public television station. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.