BY KAITLYN ALEGRIA
Students at County College of Morris will be able to earn a Rutgers University bachelor’s degree on campus for the fall semester in 2014.
The partnership will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree for majors including psychology, journalism, criminal justice, graphic design and public/non-public administration, according to CCM’s website.
“We at County College of Morris are delighted to enter into this partnership with Rutgers,” President of CCM, Dr. Edward J. Yaw said in a press release. “The agreement will allow us to serve Morris County and northern New Jersey in an even greater capacity. We are happy to give the region’s residents the ability to receive Rutgers baccalaureate degrees at CCM in the five initial areas.”
More majors will be added to the list in the future, according to Yaw. The agreement can help students who work full-time jobs fulfill their education with easier access.
“Rutgers is pleased to be working with Dr. Edward Yaw and the administration of County College of Morris to enable their graduates and others in the surrounding region to attain their higher education goals,” said Richard Edwards, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rutgers. “Rutgers’ off campus programs at CCM will give students more flexibility to balance family and work obligations while studying closer to home.”
The participants in the program can take courses at other Rutgers University locations, and there will be student advisement by Rutgers staff at CCM.
The tuition rates for the program are the same as Rutgers rates for completing a bachelor’s degree of arts or science, according to CCM’s website.
Rutgers also has agreements with Atlantic Cape Community College, Brookdale Community College, Mercer County Community College and Raritan Valley Community College.
At CCM, students already seem receptive of the new agreement. Education major Brittany Dezao said the agreement will help students stay in an atmosphere that they are already comfortable in and will benefit those who do not want to go away to college.
“This is really cool. I plan on being a teacher in the future and it would be better for me to be able to get a bachelor’s degree [at CCM],“ Dezao said. “If you don’t want to drive all the way to Rutgers, you can just come to CCM. I know my way around here, and I’d rather not have to go through that again.”
“You won’t have to pay [room] and board. That’s a huge benefit to being able to get a bachelor’s degree here,” criminal justice major Vicky Wingell said. “I work a full-time job, and CCM just gave me an advantage to work there and go to school here for a longer amount of time.”