"We've been a recognized leader in distance education for nearly 35 years, which is longer than anyone, and we are also the largest college in the region, but the Excelsior College student body has always been largely national and international," said Excelsior College President C. Wayne Williams. "This agreement gives us more exposure in our own community while providing busy, working adults from the region with more access to a four-year degree from an accredited institution."
Eight of the agreements pertain to programs in Hudson Valley's School of Business, and one applies to a program in its School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies.
"Hudson Valley Community College is proud to add Excelsior College to its ever-growing list of partner colleges and universities. These agreements – and the more than 30 we have with other baccalaureate institutions – allow our students the ability to transfer smoothly and seamlessly to a variety of four-year institutions," Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew J. Matonak said.
The agreements also allow Hudson Valley students who take the bulk of their coursework online the ability to continue that mode of study at Excelsior, rather than transferring to a college that offers only traditional, in-class instruction.
"Many of our online students have busy lives – juggling work, families and school. This is a perfect partnership because it gives those students the ability to pursue their four-year degree in the same convenient way," said Dr. Carolyn Curtis, vice president for academic affairs at Hudson Valley.
Added Dr. Ann Marie Murray, dean of Hudson Valley's School of Business and School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies: "The fact that students can earn their third year of a four-year degree by staying at Hudson Valley after graduation is a testament to the quality, breadth and depth of our courses."
Curtis and Murray partnered with Dr. Jo-Ann Rolle, dean, and Dr. Altaf Memon, associate dean, of the Excelsior College School of Business and Technology to negotiate the details of the agreements.
"We're very pleased to partner with Hudson Valley," Rolle said. "The quality of their programs is well known and their working adult graduates already possess the skills required to be successful in a distance learning environment like ours."
The articulation agreements will cover the following Hudson Valley associate degree and Excelsior baccalaureate degree programs (the Hudson Valley degree program is listed first, followed by the corresponding Excelsior program):
Undergraduate credits are earned through a variety of sources including for-credit exams, distance learning and online courses offered by Excelsior and other institutions; traditional campus-based courses; and military and corporate training. Excelsior's graduate degrees are delivered online. Through these means, the college makes associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees more accessible to busy, working adults. Excelsior has a current enrollment of approximately 27,000 and more than 110,000 alumni worldwide.
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College (www.hvcc.edu) offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.