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Saint Rose And Hudson Valley Community College Band To Offer "Stackable" Accounting And Computer Science Degrees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Saint Rose: Lisa Haley Thomson, Benjamin Marvin
Phone: 518-454-5102, E-mail:

Hudson Valley: Deborah Renfrew
Phone: 518-629-7180, E-mail:

The College of Saint Rose and Hudson Valley Community College today announced new agreements through which students may earn three degrees seamlessly in five years.

Through "stackable" degree offerings, Hudson Valley and Saint Rose students may earn associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting and computer sciences in five years. The unique alliance enables students to keep the scholarships and financial aid they received upon their admission to Saint Rose even while earning their graduate degrees.

The degree offerings are:

  1. Hudson Valley: associate of science in business administration
    Saint Rose: bachelor of science/master of science in professional accounting. This fulfills the 150-hour education requirement to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam;
  2. Hudson Valley: associate of science in computer information systems
    Saint Rose: bachelor of science in information technology + master of science in computer information systems;
  3. Hudson Valley: associate of science in computer information systems
    Saint Rose: bachelor of science in computer science + master of science in computer information systems.

The result is a highly economical pathway for a student to earn three career-oriented degrees receiving the benefit of both a community college education and the personal learning environment of a private college. Students in either of the two computer science programs finish a semester earlier than those who complete the degrees individually.

These are the first articulation agreements that The College of Saint Rose has signed with Hudson Valley Community College involving master's level degrees.

"These new agreements present an outstanding opportunity for students to plan their academic careers right from the very beginning at Hudson Valley straight through the master's degree level and provide the student with a definite path to follow. They build on President Obama's call for all students to receive a college education and empower students with both the academic and financial ability to succeed in fields that require advance degrees. Faculty at both colleges worked closely to provide the maximum efficiency for the student while ensuring they learn all the skills they need for their respective professions," said Dr. David Szczerbacki, vice president of academic affairs and provost at The College of Saint Rose.

"This agreement with Saint Rose creates a strong academic plan for Hudson Valley students interested in these subject areas and allows them direct entrance to the bachelor's and master's degrees track. Recognizing that academic advisement is a significant component of this program, we will link students with an advisor upon their admission to assure they are following the correct course and meeting all of the qualifications for acceptance to Saint Rose. By helping students to define and pursue such educational goals at the two-year level, we are carrying out the initiatives President Obama outlined during his fall 2009 visit to Hudson Valley calling for community colleges to effectively increase American educational levels and graduation rates," said Dr. Carolyn Curtis, vice president for academic affairs at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Hudson Valley/Saint Rose stackable degrees program in accounting fulfills the 150 credit hours of appropriate education that New York requires for new practitioners to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The program's curriculum is designed to prepare students for positions in accounting, internal auditing, tax work, budgeting and cost control. Graduates also meet the educational requirements for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations as well as many federal and state civil service examinations.

Students in either of the two degree options in computer science will graduate with a strong theoretical foundation and applied skills in software design, implementation, operating systems and networking as well as a variety of programming languages and knowledge of systems architecture. They will possess the knowledge demanded by the software development and systems support industries. The master's degree in computer information systems is a professional science graduate degree recognized by the National Professional Science Masters Association (NPSMA) and was developed through the collaboration of highly qualified computer science faculty, industry professionals and regional employers. Students in this advanced level choose an area of specialization in areas such as Internet programming, embedded systems, bioinformatics, computer game design or database management systems.