Atlantic Cape Eases Transition to Four-Year Schools with Dual Admission Agreements
Did you know that Atlantic Cape not only has 40 transfer agreements with colleges and universities nationwide, but also has Conditional Dual Admission agreements with Stockton and Rutgers universities? This free program is designed to bridge the transfer process from an associate degree program at Atlantic Cape to a bachelor’s degree program at these select four-year universities.
From left, Dr. Otto Hernandez, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Atlantic Cape, Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape President, Harvey Kesselman, Stockton University President, and Susan Davenport, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Stockton, following the signing of a Conditional Dual Admission agreement in November 2015.
“We recognize that transferring to a senior institution to obtain a bachelor’s degree is the priority for many Atlantic Cape students,” says Dr. Otto Hernandez, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “That’s why we are excited to expand our partnerships with Stockton and Rutgers universities to provide local residents another cost-effective pathway to a baccalaureate degree.”
So what does that mean for high school students? Atlantic and Cape May County students who apply and aren’t accepted directly into Stockton as freshmen will be entered into the Conditional Dual Admission program, allowing them to start at Atlantic Cape and transfer to Stockton after receiving their associate degree. Or, first-time Atlantic Cape students can be conditionally admitted to Stockton by applying to the program and completing a Conditional Admission Application and Academic Record Release Form.
Of course there are some conditions. Admission to Stockton is contingent upon the student completing his or her A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. degree requirements at Atlantic Cape while maintaining a 2.5 or better GPA in all courses taken. The student must also maintain a grade “c” or better in any program courses for their major at Stockton.
Atlantic Cape and Rutgers have a Conditional Dual Admission agreement for five Rutgers degrees: Health Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Planning and Public Policy, and Urban Planning and Design. The agreement enables students who complete an associate degree at Atlantic Cape seamless continuation toward a Bachelor of Science at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy on the New Brunswick Campus. Health Administration and Public Health can also be pursued at Rutgers@Atlantic Cape on the Mays Landing Campus.
Students who apply to the Atlantic Cape/Rutgers Conditional Dual Admission can have no more than 40 credits at the time of application submission. Any student who fails to enroll for more than two consecutive terms, excluding summer and winter terms, or fails to complete his or her associate degree within four years of applying, will need to reapply to the program.
“We are proud to offer these exciting new programs and will continue to explore increasing pathways to four-year colleges and universities,” Hernandez says.
- Michael Bruckler
Are You College-Ready?
Approximately 80 percent of first-time college students who start at Atlantic Cape require at least one developmental course.
Developmental courses in math and English are designed to fill the gap of knowledge from when a student leaves high school and enters college. While they bring a student up to speed in certain subjects, they come with a price. They don’t count toward an associate degree, are not transferable to four-year institutions and can negatively affect self-esteem.
So what can we do to ensure entering students are college-ready? Atlantic Cape has initiated an early intervention strategy, helping students catch up before even leaving high school.
Starting with a local high school in the pilot program, students in their junior year will take the college’s ACCUPLACER test. Based on the results, students will have a curriculum built into their senior year incorporating the developmental English or math courses needed to make each student a college-ready senior.
Entering freshmen will save money by not having to take developmental courses in college, graduate sooner and begin their college career with self-esteem intact.
Atlantic Cape also offers Career and College Readiness programming for Wildwood High School seniors, through a partnership grant with the school district. Students will participate in career workshops and a five-day career boot camp. “Studies show that if a student enters college with knowledge of the type of career they want to pursue, they tend to be more successful than their peers who have yet to determine their career aspirations,” says Andre Richburg, Dean of Enrollment Management and College Relations.
- Michael Bruckler