Students Receive Additional Degree Options through New ECC, Judson Partnership
(ELGIN, IL - June 1, 2009) Elgin Community College (ECC) and Judson University of Elgin are strengthening their educational bond as Judson becomes the third campus partner of ECC’s Center for Advanced Studies. A joint agreement signed by both institutions allows ECC students to complete a bachelor’s degree offered by Judson at the ECC Main Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
“These kinds of partnerships signify an important trend in the relationships between higher education institutions,” says ECC President David Sam. “I am very pleased that we were able to establish this partnership with a local university.”
Judson President Jerry Cain says the partnership provides a prime opportunity to establish a presence on Elgin’s south end and meet those students’ needs. He’s pleased Judson is partnering with a community-oriented college loyal to its mission of improving people’s lives through learning.
Judson joins current ECC partners Columbia University of Missouri and Northern Illinois University and will offer a bachelor of arts in management of technology systems.
Currently, ECC graduates can transfer to Judson to complete their bachelor’s degree. Also, ECC adult students can transfer up to 81 hours of ECC credit and attend Judson to complete a nontraditional degree. These options, including Judson’s partnership in the ECC Center for Advanced Studies, allow students to save money by attending ECC for the first two years before going to Judson.
“We love having great graduates from ECC,” says Cain. “They are well-prepared and have an excellent background in higher education.”
Judson University is home to over 1,200 students from 36 states and 26 countries and offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, minors and pre-professional programs. Its adult undergraduate offerings include management and leadership; human services; human resource management; criminal justice, and management technology systems. Graduate programs include architecture, education, organizational leadership and master of education in literacy.
For more information about the ECC Center for Advanced Studies, visit www.elgin.edu/advancedstudies.