Temple’s College of Engineering signs program agreements with Delaware County Community College
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|While studying at Lehigh Carbon Community College, one of Charlie Hanna’s professors told him that he could graduate with a Temple degree in two years after completing an associate’s degree from LCCC. “At first I did not believe him,” he said. Hanna took 45 credits at LCCC and transferred to Temple without having to retake any classes.
Hanna, a 2007 Temple graduate, said the transfer process was “easy and satisfying” because he took advantage of a transfer agreement between Temple and LCCC. “It just made everything easier, and I paid less tuition for those classes at LCCC that were transferred and accepted at Temple.”
Three Temple departments in the College of Engineering recently finalized agreements that will allow students with an associate’s degree in engineering from Delaware County Community College to easily transfer to Temple’s Civil, Mechanical and Electrical/Computer Engineering programs.
In a signing ceremony on Oct. 18, representatives from Temple and DCCC finalized the program-to-program agreements, which take place for students this semester.
Since the early ’90s, Temple has been establishing program-to-program agreements with community colleges “in close proximity to Temple or a Temple campus,” said Patricia Vorndran, the coordinator for transfer programs.
“In most cases, we choose to establish an agreement with an institution that we receive a large number of transfer students from in order to facilitate a smooth transfer process,” she said. Currently, Temple has 30 such program-to-program agreements with 14 institutions.
According to Vorndran, this opportunity is ideal for students who attend a local community college, knowing they eventually want to head to Temple. When these students come to Temple, they can usually complete their degree in two years.
Through the process, Vorndran says, Temple faculty members work closely with colleagues from the community colleges, which results in “more accurate course equivalencies.” Through coordination, the programs are specifically designed so that students complete the appropriate coursework at the community college and ensure that students don’t have to take classes at Temple that they’ve already taken at their community college.
Ultimately, this program “can increase enrollment at Temple as well as bolster enrollment in specific programs,” Vorndran said. Departments in Temple’s College of Engineering have existing program-to-program agreements with Community College of Philadelphia and Lehigh Carbon Community College engineering programs.
Temple has program-to program agreements with:
Atlantic Cape Community College
For more information about Temple’s transfer agreements, go to www.temple.edu/vpus/ucc/core_transfers.htm.
— Written by Nicole Warncke