On Dec. 9, 2013 Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Community College signed a first-of-its-kind Articulation Agreement that includes adult higher education as well as traditional undergraduate students.
Both presidents, Dr. Joe Stowell of Cornerstone and Dr. Steve Ender of GRCC and provosts Dr. Rick Ostrander, of CU, and Dr. Gilda Gely, of GRCC signed the agreement in the Miller Library on the CU campus.
“Cornerstone is a student-focused learning community that has been enriched by GRCC transfer students," said Dr. Stowell. "So, we are thankful for the cooperation of President Steve Ender and his staff for facilitating this agreement that will enable us to welcome many more GRCC students to our campus where we trust they will thrive and be well prepared to succeed in their callings and careers.”
The two schools will enter into an Institutional Partnership Articulation Agreement that will provide a smooth curriculum transition that minimizes loss of credit and duplication of work for students who choose to begin their studies at a community college and transfer to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree.
CU and GRCC faculty will work together to ensure entire sets of courses toward a specific program transfer, not just individual courses.
“Agreements, such as the one we are signing here today with Cornerstone University, are win-win partnerships,” said Dr. Ender. “GRCC students are able to begin their studies at the college on a direct transfer path. The GRCC experience then provides students with the educational experience to successfully navigate their college journey as they move on to earn a four-year degree, or more.”
The agreement will be effective beginning Sept. 1, 2013 and will be renewable annually.
For more information about transfer options, visit www.cornerstone.edu/admissions.