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Partnership with Excelsior College Encourages Bachelor's Level Business and Technology Degrees

DATE: 01-06-2012

Cayuga Community College has renewed its education partnership agreement with Excelsior College, with a new emphasis on Cayuga students interested in transferring to bachelor's level programs in business and technology at Excelsior College.

The agreement ensures streamlined transfer credit procedures and reduced tuition for Cayuga students seeking transfer to Excelsior. Students at the Fulton and Auburn campuses will be able to continue their undergraduate education and enhance their career opportunities while remaining in their home communities.

"The University Center at Cayuga is committed to providing employable degrees for working adults who prefer to study close to their families and their jobs," said Michael Greene, coordinator of baccalaureate programs at Cayuga's University Center. "This agreement with Excelsior allows students to take the majority of their upper division courses at either of the Cayuga campuses, or through our online program of study. They can start here, stay here, and succeed here."

The renewed agreement creates an academic bridge between several Cayuga associate level programs and designated Excelsior degree programs in business and technology. In particular, Cayuga students pursuing the AAS in Computer Information Systems can seek transfer to Excelsior's BS in Information Technology program. Cayuga students pursuing the AS in Business Administration can transfer to Excelsior's BS degree programs in Accounting, Business, or Management Information Systems degree programs. In addition, graduates can take another year of credits at Cayuga and apply them toward a bachelor's degree program at Excelsior.

"We are pleased to renew and refocus our agreement with Cayuga Community College," said Excelsior Provost Mary Beth Hanner. "Excelsior's mission involves removing obstacles that may prevent working adults from continuing their education, and this is an opportunity for students to combine online learning with independent study and examinations to achieve their goals."

Excelsior has had an articulation agreement with Cayuga Community College since 1990. It is one of Cayuga's three partners in higher education who offer advanced degrees to students on the College campuses and online through their University Center.

"Partnerships, such as the one we have with Excelsior, enable Cayuga to offer our students the full range of academic opportunities to advance themselves in their careers and their lives," said Cayuga Community College President Daniel P. Larson. "Students can complete their associate's degree and stay here to work on their bachelor's degree through our University Center and our partnership Excelsior."

Students will benefit from this arrangement in several ways, including:

Taking most of their courses at Cayuga in familiar surroundings, or online using a familiar technology platform. Paying a reduced community college partner tuition and fee prices ($280 per credit). Being eligible to apply for federal financial aid and both Cayuga and Excelsior scholarships and payment plans.Receiving dual academic advisement services from both Cayuga and Excelsior College staff members.

For more information, contact Michael Greene at 315-294-8567 or michael.greene@cayuga-cc.edu. Or learn more at: http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/academics/university_center/.

About Cayuga Community College

Founded in 1953, Cayuga Community College is one of 64 accredited institutions that make up the State University of New York (SUNY) system. A full opportunity College, Cayuga offers open access and an affordable gateway to higher education, with courses and degree programs offered at campuses in Auburn and Fulton and online. Cayuga Community College provides a strong liberal arts foundation for further study and career preparation. The College also addresses identified community needs through targeted training and personal enrichment programs. By sustaining academic excellence within a supportive learning environment, the College, a careful steward of human and fiscal resources, serves as a valuable asset to the development of our local, regional, and global communities.

About Excelsior College

Excelsior College http://www.excelsior.edu is an accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.