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02/11/2011
Hudson Valley Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology Establish Articulation Agreement for Computer Information Systems Students

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology have signed an articulation agreement that will allow students who successfully complete Hudson Valley's associate in science degree in Computer Information Systems to transfer directly into RIT's Computer Science program to pursue a bachelor's degree.

The agreement, in effect immediately, ensures that all CIS program credits earned at Hudson Valley with a grade of C or better will transfer to RIT, allowing students to enter RIT at the third-year level.

"We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to Hudson Valley students. RIT is highly revered as having one of the pre-eminent computer programs in the country. The computer resources for students at RIT are phenomenal," said James Looby, chairperson of Computer and Information Sciences at Hudson Valley. "CIS graduates will now be guaranteed admission to RIT and will be able to efficiently and effectively complete baccalaureate degree requirements."

Looby explained that the strong core of CIS coursework offered by Hudson Valley including project management, database management, and analysis and design of information systems permits graduates to transfer into other programs as their goals become defined.

Students must follow the application procedure for transfer as outlined by RIT. Hudson Valley's Center for Counseling and Transfer assists students in this process. RIT will offer merit scholarships to Hudson Valley students based on GPAs, according to Looby.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.