'Berg welcomes NCSC students

Heidelberg University and North Central State College in Mansfield are partners in a pair of new agreements that will simplify the transfer process from North Central to Heidelberg and create new and exciting opportunities for students.
Administrators from both institutions gathered at North Central on Friday to sign a pair of agreements, one an articulation that will make the transfer process seamless for North Central students, who can enter Heidelberg with junior standing after having completed their associate’s degrees.
The second component of the agreement is a dual enrollment program that will allow North Central students to apply and be accepted at both institutions simultaneously. During their first two years at North Central, students will have the option to take one course per term at Heidelberg at North Central tuition rates. After completing their associate’s degree, students would be guaranteed transfer to Heidelberg to pursue their bachelor’s degree.
Dr. Bruce Sliney, assistant vice president for learning and interim dean of business and education at North Central, said the articulation and dual enrollment agreements are exciting, particularly in light of recent notification North Central received, certifying their Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree  programs by the Higher Learning Commission.
Sliney said those two degree programs will translate well into Heidelberg’s courses of study.
North Central President Don Plotts said the opportunity these agreements present for North Central’s students is exciting. The dual enrollment agreement is the first for North Central. Heidelberg has a similar agreement with Terra State Community College that has produced 13 students in its first semester. The university has forged transfer articulation agreements with several other regional community colleges in the past two years, and more are in process.
Dr. David Weininger, senior vice president and academic dean, said community college students typically fit very well with Heidelberg’s student profile. “These types of arrangements are very special to us,” he said. "It gives your students a chance to participate in our courses, meet our faculty and get a taste of life at Heidelberg.”
A series of articulation agreements Heidelberg has forged with regional community colleges over the past two years, and with more on the way, confirms the university’s commitment to transfer students and the value Heidelberg places on enrolling these students, said Thandabantu Maceo, vice president for enrollment and marketing.
In addition to the transfer process, Heidelberg offers several financial aid packages to the transferring students.

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Feb 28, 2009