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|Carl Sandburg College, Western Illinois University Formally Sign Partnership Agreement
|A new partnership that officials from Carl Sandburg College and Western Illinois University have signed off on will save students who are seeking degrees time and money.
CSC hosted a ceremony Wednesday to formalize the Western Illinois Advantage Agreement that the Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees previously approved last month. The partnership allows full-time students to take courses at CSC and at Western Illinois University's campuses in Macomb or the Quad Cities at the same time, beginning in the fall. Students will earn an associate's degree from Carl Sandburg College and a bachelor's degree from WIU.
CSC President Tom Schmidt says the new arrangement is money well spent.
"This partnership that we're here to announce today is allowing accessibility and affordability at no extra cost to the Illinois taxpayers."
Western Illinois University President Dr. Al Goldfarb was also on hand to sign the agreement. Goldfarb says besides community college students being able to seamlessly enroll and finish their degree programs very efficiently, which statistics show lead to higher retention and graduation rates, they'll save money too.
"The partnership with ISAC (Illinois Student Assistance Commission), Carl Sandburg and Western Illinois University will also allow students on financial aid to save up to 25% of their tuition and fees by taking classes at both institutions at the same time for the first two fall and spring semesters."
Dr. Lori Sundberg, CSC's Vice President for Academic Services, called the agreement perhaps one of the most important agreements the college has ever signed in its potential to cost effectively serve the college's students.
Eligible degree programs include engineering, nursing and liberal arts and sciences at Western's Quad Cities campus and all undergraduate programs on the WIU-Macomb campus.
The agreement was proposed by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
Pictures from the ceremonial signing at Carl Sandburg College's main campus in Galesburg:
Carl Sandburg College President Tom Schmidt (left), WIU President Dr. Al Goldfarb (right) and WIU Vice President of Quad Cities, Planning and Technology Dr. Joe Rives (center) share a laugh prior to Wednesday's signing of the Western Illinois Advantage agreement because of a faulty pen
Carl Sandburg College President Tom Schmidt formally signs the partnership with Western Illinois University (photo courtesy of Carl Sandburg College)
Carl Sandburg College officials open gifts from Western Illinois University during a ceremony recognizing the Western Illinois Advantage agreement between WIU and CSC that begins in the fall
(story and photos by WGIL's Mike Perry)
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