Photo submitted. Seated from left to right: Dr. Greg Truckenmiller, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, FM; Dr. Patrick Jones, Vice Provost, Excelsior College; Dr. Dustin Swanger, President, FM
Standing left to right: Shari Quinn, Academic Partnership Manager, Excelsior College and Andrea Scribner, Education and Career Planning Specialist, FM
By Winnie Blackwood
In partnership with Excelsior College, FM has established a dual admission agreement beginning in the spring semester.
Representatives from Excelsior College, an online institute, met with the FM administration over the summer to implement the two plus two contract.
The program is designed for students who attend FM and plan on transferring to Excelsior, according to Andrea Scribner, FM’s Education and Career Planning specialist.
“Excelsior College is a very flexible college. They offer a lot of degree programs. They’re entirely online, and I think for many students it might be a very good fit, particularly if you’re a working student,” FM President Dr. Dustin Swanger said.
Students will simultaneously be enrolled in both institutions, Scribner said, eliminating the additional application process that would have been initially needed.
Swanger said this is one of the reasons he prefers dual admission agreements, and has worked to make it possible at FM.
“I think students should look at these two plus two opportunities, because it does provide a very clear pathway for students, and it also can help eliminate some of the bureaucracy of higher education, because you don’t have to reapply,” Swanger remarked.
Benefits to the agreement are FM enrollees will have prior knowledge of the classes and credits they need at FM, and after transferring, along with a decrease in tuition and an application fee waiver.
Academic partnership managers will be on hand to help assist and guide students through the whole process.
“It’s just an awesome opportunity and it gets students on the right track, so they know right from their first semester exactly what’s going to transfer on to Excelsior, and they have somebody to work with,” Scribner said.
Majors included in the program are Radiologic Technology, Human Services, Criminal Justice, Business Administration and Liberal Studies.
This is FM’s second two plus two agreement, the first being with the College of St. Rose, made last year. Swanger said there are several students already enrolled in the program.
According to a press release issued by FM, this is Excelsior’s first signing of a dual agreement.
“Today is a celebration for Excelsior as this partnership represents the first of its kind for us. Our mission is to make degree completion possible for all students; with this agreement, we will be able to make that vision a reality for many of our students,” Patrick Jones, PhD, Vice Provost for Excelsior College said in FM’s press release.
The option to apply to both institutions will be available through FM’s website starting November 1, 2015.