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UW-Superior and Lake Superior College sign articulation agreement for accounting students
The University of Wisconsin-Superior and Lake Superior College of Duluth, Minn., have signed an agreement that will meet the needs of accounting students across the region.
The articulation agreement allows graduates from Lake Superior College’s Accountant Associate of Applied Science degree make a smooth and simple transition into a four year school at UW-Superior to complete their Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
“This is a good arrangement, we are establishing relationships with the community colleges and in some cases I get to make connections with students even before they get here,” said Mark McCoon assistant professor in the business and economics department at UW-Superior. He was instrumental in getting this partnership completed.
“These are usually some pretty good students who seek out advising even before they arrive on campus. They are thinking about the now and also where they want to be.”
The business and economics department at UW-Superior has had a successful track record of producing quality graduates for the region and this arrangement will go a long way to developing that well into the future.
Suzanne Griffith is the associate dean of academic affairs at UW-Superior and said relationships like these with Lake Superior College engage the student at both campuses. “Articulation agreements are a crucial pathway into the university. They bring new students and perspectives into the campus community who look to deepen and complete their college education,” said Griffith. She is also the department chair and a professor in Educational Leadership and currently serving as the First Year Seminar Coordinator.
McCoon said the most important part of the arrangement is to support the student from start to graduation. “We want to make it a smooth transition and if you don’t have a lot of barriers in front of them they are more likely to be here and reach their goals.”
Shane Deadrick is the transfer coordinator at UW-Superior and believes arrangements like these help to inspire and motivate students because it shows a working relationship between the two schools. “It makes transferring easier for the students because they know how their credits will transfer long before they apply. When students see the working relationship through articulation agreements and visiting with faculty regarding those agreements, students feel more comfortable transferring.”
Agreements like this help with advising according to McCoon. “We established a model class schedule for students and have them for our existing students as well.” Relating to articulation agreements in general he said, “We have set-up schedules, we look at what the student takes at Lake Superior College, add the next courses at UW-Superior and lay it out for them.”
This accounting articulation agreement is one of 25 others that UW-Superior offers and isn’t the only one featured between the two schools. A Paralegal Studies Bachelor of Science agreement is also in place between UW-Superior and Lake Superior College.
More details and class information on the agreement can be found here: http://www.uwsuper.edu/admissions/transfers/upload/Lake-Superior-College-Accounting.pdf
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