Rutgers Officially Forms Agreement with Mercer County Community College

Image of Patricia Donohue and Richard Novak signing papers

On May 30, a new partnership between Rutgers University and Mercer County Community College (MCCC) was formalized. The partnership, a function of Rutgers Off-Campus Programs will expand opportunities for associate degree holders in the Mercer County area to earn Rutgers degrees on MCCC’s West Windsor campus.

The Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony was hosted by MCCC President Patricia Donohue and Interim Vice President for Continuing Studies Richard Novak. The event was attended by state and county officials and MCCC and Rutgers academic administrators and staff.

“This initiative is designed to meet the needs of thousands of community college graduates who traditionally have faced great difficulty in transferring to a baccalaureate completion program. It recognizes the need for flexible options, such as online and hybrid courses, for those who have work and family obligations,” said Novak.

Beginning in fall 2013, Rutgers’ degree-completion program will offer three bachelor’s degree programs at MCCC: labor and employment relations, RN to BS in nursing, and political science. Offices for Rutgers' Off Campus Programs will be located in MCCC's Fine Arts Building. Courses will be offered in West Windsor Campus classrooms, online, and in a hybrid blend of on-site and online formats. On-site classes will be held in the evenings, adding to the convenience for students with work or family obligations.

"Today, we bring together two institutions of higher learning with very different histories, but dedicated to a common goal: making a college education more accessible,” said Donohue. “We welcome Rutgers University as a new partner, an important partner, joining the Mercer team and offering four-year degrees right here on our West Windsor campus. This is a relationship that will grow and prosper over the coming years."

All classes will taught by Rutgers faculty and instructors affiliated with academic programs on the Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick campuses. On-site advising will provided by Rutgers professional staff.          

To be considered for admission, students must hold an associate degree or 60 credits from an accredited community college or four-year institution. Candidates must meet all Rutgers admissions criteria. Students enrolled in off-campus programs are Rutgers students and have access to university services, such as the libraries.

“Today, we are proudly initiating a partnership between two institutions committed to expanding opportunities for New Jerseyans to attain their educational goals,” said Novak. “ We also are making an investment in perhaps our greatest resource – the people.”

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