Posted Monday, October 3rd, 2016

 Partnership Formalizes Two-Plus-Two Model for Associate’s Degree Candidates to Pursue Four-Year Degree








In a move that will create a new path to affordable higher education for North Jersey students, County College of Morris and Montclair State University have formalized an automatic transfer initiative that allows associate degree candidates at CCM to seamlessly transfer to the four-year, research doctoral university and pursue bachelor’s degrees in selected programs.

The program, signed on Sept. 29, formalizes a “two-plus-two model” designed to promote student success and ensures a guaranteed four-year path to an undergraduate degree at Montclair State.

(l/r) Anthony J. Iacono, president of CCM and Susan A. Cole, president of Montclair State, at the signing of a transfer agreement between the two schools.

(l/r) Anthony J. Iacono, president of CCM and Susan A. Cole, president of Montclair State, at the signing of a transfer agreement between the two schools. Photo Credit: Mike Peters.

“Access to high-quality, affordable higher education should be available to anyone with the desire to pursue and the capacity to benefit by it, and this agreement will provide that opportunity for many students,” said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “This partnership expands on a long and successful transfer relationship between the two institutions.”

“We’re delighted to provide CCM students with this seamless pathway for earning their bachelor’s degrees from Montclair State University,” said CCM President Anthony J. Iacono. “By starting at CCM and then transferring to Montclair State, students can more affordably meet their goals of obtaining a higher education, while also establishing lasting relationships with two quality institutions.”

To be eligible, CCM students must complete or be currently pursuing the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees offered by the institution.

Iacono and Cole joined by administrators from both institutions at the signing event

Iacono and Cole joined by administrators from both institutions at the signing event

Students who applied to Montclair State as first-time, full-time freshmen for the fall 2016 semester but were not granted admission and are enrolled at CCM are also eligible for the program, provided they are pursuing either of the associate degree tracks.

Program participants will choose one of 25 pre-approved majors at Montclair State. Programs include visual arts, psychology, chemistry and economics, with additional programs to be added in future academic years.

The initiative is poised to create a closer relationship between the two institutions while also improving student success through shared resources.

Montclair State University representatives will regularly visit CCM to conduct academic advising and provide workshops, and CCM students will be invited to Montclair State’s 252-acre campus to participate in events and activities.

“This strengthened relationship is part of a concerted effort to increase the scope of our partnerships with New Jersey’s community colleges, and provide more opportunities for students at these institutions to transition to a four-year university of Montclair State’s caliber,” said Montclair State University Director of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Indiveri-Gant.

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Designated a Research Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University’s nine colleges and schools serve 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with over 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate level programs. Situated on a 252-acre suburban campust, Montclair State delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated and diverse academic environment.

County College of Morris

CCM students ( Farlekas Photography)

( Farlekas Photography)

CCM, located in Randolph, offers more than 50 associate degree programs, along with a comprehensive offering of non-credit career and professional courses. A dedicated faculty of leading experts in their fields provides CCM students with a learning environment that has produced one of the highest graduation and transfer rates among the state’s community colleges. Since its opening in 1968, more than 47,000 graduates have passed through CCM’s halls, and in 1992 it opened a satellite location in Morristown.

On the 200-acre wireless main campus, students from Morris, Sussex, Essex and Warren counties and other locations find modern, fully-equipped science labs, high-tech classrooms, a planetarium, performing arts center and much more.