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|CSC, WIU Enter Into New Partnership
|Saving students money and and the time it takes to graduate with a four-year degree are the goals of a new partnership between Carl Sandburg College and Western Illinois University.
The CSC Board of Trustees Thursday night unanimously approved the agreement, called the Western Illinois Advantage program. It's a pilot project that begins with the fall semester this year for new full-time students planning to attend Western Illinois University's Macomb or Quad Cities campuses.
CSC Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Lori Sundberg tells WGIL the program offers an incentive, provided by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, that will provide students with an enhanced payment system for those who qualify for the Illinois MAP Grant. "The MAP Grant gives $20,000 -- $5,000 per year," Sundberg said. "And what they're going to allow students to do that come directly to the community college, is pay in total their community college (tuition) -- freshman and sophomore -- and allow them to bank that other $2,000 to use then for their junior and senior year. So they'll have $7,000 for their junior and senior years, instead of their original $5,000."
Sundburg says it's the same $20,000, but it's just being repackaged to decrease the debt load for students and increase timeliness for completing their degree.
Students in the program will be able to take classes at both CSC and Western Illinois University at the same time, earning an associates degree from CSC and a Bachelor's degree from WIU.
In other business, the board approved Johnson Building Systems of Galesburg to serve as CSC's construction management partner. The college has several ongoing capital construction and renovation projects throughout its district, and the firm will have a key role in those.
|03 27 09 by Newsroom
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