The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Gloucester County College have entered into an agreement for a new Dual Degree Program (DDP) that promises to benefit students by increasing degrees earned from both institutions, and reducing the cost of their education.
Students who complete their associate degrees at Gloucester County College (GCC) will be guaranteed admission to Stockton College under the agreement approved today at Stockton's Board of Trustees meeting.
"Stockton is proud to partner with Gloucester County College to offer a Dual Degree Program to students and provide another cost-effective way to obtain a college education," said President Herman Saatkamp. "This program will ease the transfer and admission processes, and provide credit to Gloucester County College for work completed there before transferring to Stockton College. This program provides the opportunity to earn degrees from both institutions."
Students who successfully complete the Dual Degree Program will earn two degrees, their associate from GCC and their bachelor's from Stockton. They will pay the lower GCC tuition rate for all or part of their lower division coursework and Stockton's tuition rate once they transition.
"This new Dual Advantage transfer partnership with Stockton College reinforces our mission to provide an affordable, quality education to students with direct access to bachelor degree opportunities," said Dr. Frederick Keating, president of Gloucester County College. "Two years at a community college followed by two years at a four-year institution helps to drastically reduce the financial burden of earning a bachelor's degree. Our partnership with Stockton College offers students another option."
Stockton will dually admit first-year applicants to GCC in the spring and fall terms, effective immediately.
First-year students will be required to align their coursework at GCC to meet the requirements of their intended program of study at Stockton. After fulfilling the academic requirements at GCC, Dual Degree Program students will be guaranteed admission into their intended program of study at Stockton with no loss of credit earned at GCC, up to a maximum of 64 credits.
Transfer students currently enrolled at GCC are also eligible for the program; they will need to submit a DDP form along with their transfer application. The application fee to Stockton will be waived for transfer students.
DDP participants who complete an A.A. or an A.S. degree at GCC will be guaranteed admission to Stockton as juniors with no loss of credit, up to a maximum of 64 credits.
GCC students who transfer to Stockton before completing an A.A. or an A.S. may also participate in the DDP Program in a "reverse transfer" arrangement. The program requires students to meet the academic residency requirement at GCC by earning a minimum of 32 approved credits there. After earning the rest of their required credits at Stockton, students would be granted their associates' degrees from GCC.
Both groups of students will be enrolled in a zero-credit "Orientation to Stockton" seminar, administered by Stockton, designed to ease their transition to the college.
President Saatkamp and Provost Kesselman signed the three-year agreement along with Judith Atkinson, vice president of Student Services at GCC, Dominick J. Burzichelli, vice president and chief operating officer, and Randee Davidson, assistant director of the Career and Academic Planning Center, on behalf of Dr. Keating, president of GCC. After three years, both institutions will evaluate it and consider its renewal.
Stockton also has a Dual Degree agreement with Atlantic Cape Community College and a similar guaranteed admissions agreement with Burlington County College.
The college has a variety of other Dual Degree programs, including those:
- with 13 area high schools, allowing students to take college courses while still in high school and transfer those credits to Stockton;
- with Rutgers and NJIT in Engineering;
- with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers in Pharmacy.
Stockton also offers its own Dual Degree programs that enable Stockton students to earn both their bachelor's and master's degrees in five years.