Mount Union, Stark State continue partnership with engineering articulation

February 26, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio - The University of Mount Union and Stark State College continued to help students further their education by signing the second in its series of articulation agreements.

Dr. Patricia Draves, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the University, and Dr. Lada Gibson-Shreve, Stark State Provost, signed an agreement that will allow Stark State graduates with associate degrees in engineering to further their education and earn a bachelor’s degree in either civil or mechanical engineering at Mount Union.

“These articulation agreements establish pre-defined pathways for a Mount Union bachelor’s degree, which can be beneficial to graduates of Stark State seeking further education in their field,” said Dr. Raymond Posey, associate academic dean, who is coordinating the effort on behalf of Mount Union.

“The partnership with Mount Union enables students in the region to start at Stark State, continue on to Mount Union and complete a high-demand engineering degree at a fraction of the cost,” said Dr. Para Jones, president of Stark State 

College.  “It creates an academic pathway that will benefit employers in the region who will have a pipeline of talented engineers graduating, going to work for their companies and keeping their companies in our region competitive.”

The engineering agreement follows the psychology agreement that was signed in December. Posey also stated that there are other programs expected to be a part of this partnership that will be established in the near future.

“We are excited to have partnered with Stark State College to develop a 2+2 transfer agreement,” said Dr. Osama Jadaan, Chair of the Department of Engineering at Mount Union.

“This partnership between our two institutions lowers the cost of earning an engineering degree for Ohio students, while still graduating within four years,” said Jadaan. “Furthermore, students earn two degrees instead of one, a bachelor’s degree in either civil or mechanical engineering from the University of Mount Union and an Associate of Science degree from Stark State.”

According to Posey, a typical associate’s degree program at Stark State requires completion of 60 credit hours. Mount Union’s requirement for a bachelor’s degree is 128 hours, so a student working toward a bachelor’s degree will have to complete a minimum of 68 additional credit hours.   However, this can vary depending upon the particular major.

“The completion of this agreement is significant for Mount Union and Stark State, but also for our regional economy, which needs skilled engineers, said Merriman. “We’re pleased to be working with Stark State to meet this need and look forward to growing our partnership.”

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