In an effort to provide students across the country with more opportunities for educational advancement, the College of Online and Continuing Education is reaching out to students and staff at community colleges not being adequately served by their state university systems.
“We are very excited to be working with community colleges across the country, enhancing our current relationships and developing new ones,” says Meg Harris, director of Academic Alliances, who, along with Melissa Costa, assistant marketing director for community colleges, is leading the community college outreach effort. “A large part of our mission is to provide academic pathways and the tools for students to continue their education at COCE. But it is also extremely important that we join with our community college partners in encouraging student retention and engaging interested students to stay the course.”
Tuition incentives, articulation agreements and 2+2 programs in which students complete their last two years at SNHU to earn their bachelor’s degrees will help COCE expand partnerships to community colleges all over the country, Costa says.
Other outreach strategies include increasing COCE’s visibility through community college events and conferences and providing a seamless transfer process through program-mapping guides, dual enrollment options and credit-block transfers.
Programs of focus include healthcare, business, psychology and nursing. Harris and Costa aim to make COCE one of the top five online transfer options for community college students outside of New England within the next three years. Articulation agreements already are in place with 10 schools in New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, New York and Arizona, and more are on the horizon.
“There has been a strong, positive response to SNHU from both academic leaders and prospective students in diverse geographical regions,” Harris says. “Internal collaboration is key to developing additional transfer pathways, growing relationships that align with our target programs and increasing external awareness of the many student and career resources we offer.”