Mount Union, Stark State Sign Articulation Agreement
December 17, 2015
ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union and Stark State College signed the first of several anticipated articulation agreements on Tuesday afternoon.
Dr. Richard W. Merriman, president of Mount Union, and Dr. Para Jones '76, president of Stark State, signed an agreement that will allow Stark State graduates with associate degrees in psychology to further their education and earn a bachelor’s degree at Mount Union.
“This agreement provides a pre-defined pathway for Stark State graduates to continue their studies at Mount Union,” said Dr. Raymond Posey, associate academic dean and professor in residence of management and finance, who is coordinating the effort on behalf of Mount Union.
Posey said the psychology partnership is the first of this type of articulation agreement to be formed between Mount Union and Stark State. Several other academic partnerships are in the works for future implementation.
“Stark State College is delighted to partner with the University of Mount Union to provide educational opportunities for students in our region,” said Para M. Jones, Ph.D., president. “With Dr. Merriman’s leadership and collaboration, we have already put in place academic partnerships to ensure that students who earn associate’s degrees at Stark State can seamlessly transfer to Mount Union for bachelor’s degrees.”
“Both Mount Union and Stark State serve area students, so it makes sense for us to form this partnership to offer additional educational opportunities for them,” Merriman said.
According to Posey, a typical associate’s degree program at Stark State requires completion of 60 credit hours. Mount Union requires 128 hours for a bachelor’s degree, so a student with an associate’s degree working toward a bachelor’s degree will have an additional 68 credit hours to complete. Depending upon whether a student attends full- or part-time, a bachelor’s degree could be earned from Mount Union in as little as two years.
“This is truly a mutually beneficial situation for Mount Union and Stark State,” said Merriman. “Stark State can give their students a pre-defined option to further their education and it brings good students to Mount Union who have already proven themselves at the college level.”