Transfer program with Saint Rose set at FM

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College and The College of Saint Rose have announced new transfer agreements that outline suggested semester-by-semester coursework easing the transition for transfer students.

The new articulation agreements include four-year “roadmap” plans clearly mapping required core and elective courses at Saint Rose to existing FMCC courses, so that students and advisors know exactly which classes will transfer.

The plans are for students seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree in childhood education or special education at Saint Rose after earning a general studies associate’s degree from FMCC. The four-year plan has been delineated for each of five concentrations; biology, English, general science, mathematics and social studies.

“Our four-year plans reduce the threat of wasted time and credits by helping ensure that students are taking the best coursework possible for a smooth transition,” said, Rachael French, associate director of transfer enrollment and articulation agreements at Saint Rose in a press release.

FMCC has over 100 transfer agreements with public and private schools across the state for all areas of study. The community college already had a number of transfer agreements with Saint Rose in place for other academic programs, these new plans will expand the options available to students.

“It is very helpful for colleges to have these ‘2 + 2’ agreements,” FMCC President Dustin Swanger said Thursday.

Swanger noted that Saint Rose is one of the more popular institutions that FMCC students transfer to along with the State University of New York schools, many of which FMCC also has agreements with.

FMCC students are not limited to transferring to schools sharing these agreements with the college. Most four-year schools have online equivalency databases showing students how courses will transfer to that college so students can transfer without loss of credit.

The four-year agreements can help students more accurately plan to complete their bachelor’s degree within that time frame.

“We developed our plans as a useful tool to help advisors guide their students more quickly and accurately, helping them stay on track,” French said.

By Patricia Older

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