Friday, April 8, 2016

Edison State and Wright State University Enter Partnership

Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson and Wright State University Provost Dr. Thomas Sudkamp sign an agreement to enter the PASS partnership.
To enhance access and affordability of bachelor degree programs for students in the southwest Ohio region, officials from Edison State Community College and Wright State University met to sign an agreement to enter the PASS partnership.

The PASS partnership program formalizes and enhances the link between Wright State University’s Dayton and Lake campuses and Edison State’s Piqua and Darke County campuses to provide seamless student movement from associate to bachelor’s degrees between the institutions. The objective is to facilitate student entry or reentry into a bachelor’s degree program at Wright State University.

“Wright State University is a great institution and a wonderful place to send our students,” said Edison State President, Dr. Doreen Larson. “It’s the good reputation and work Wright State does with students that makes us confident in this agreement.”

To enter the PASS program, students must declare the intention to enroll at Wright State University when applying to or while enrolled at Edison State. Following the completion of a specified program of study at Edison State, which may consist of an entire associate degree or a set of course equivalencies, depending upon the students prior academic record and intended major, the seamless transfer to Wright State takes place. In between, the students receive an array of wrap-around services from both institutions, aimed at ensuring the best use of student time and course selection options.

“We want to get students on track right when they come in the door and keep their eye on their [potential] career and completing the four year program,” said Wright State University Provost, Dr. Thomas Sudkamp. “That’s accomplished through joint advising, articulation agreements, and making sure everything is working smoothly for the students. These are the special things that can keep students involved in getting their associate degree and continuing to earn their bachelor’s degree.”

“There are currently 23 articulation agreements in place that are completely spelled out with additional agreements being worked on so that students can follow the path from the minute they enter here at Edison to the time they graduate from Wright State,” added Sudkamp. “Students will know the exact courses they need to be taking so that they can plan ahead.”

Upon completion of the PASS program, students will be guaranteed admission to Wright State University with a waived undergraduate application fee. Additional benefits available to participants include, Next Step scholarship eligibility, joint advising, access to identified services and facilities, admission to non-ticketed athletic and cultural events, and more.

“To cement the relationship, there are additional scholarships available for Edison students who are transferring to Wright State for completion of their degree,” said Sudkamp. “We’re providing incentive for students to get started, do well, and seamlessly move to Wright State whether it be down south to the Dayton campus or up northwest to the Lake campus and we’re in a really ideal situation to partner with Edison to accommodate them.”

For more information about the PASS program, speak with an Enrollment Manager by calling 937-778-8600.

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