MULVANE — Cowley College and Wichita State University are working together to offer engineering students the opportunity to gain a four-year degree.

Cowley College logoA developing agreement between the two schools would allow students to spend two years at Cowley and two years at Wichita State, which the college calls “2+2 articulations.”

This “emerging partnership” was presented by Michelle Schoon, an instructor and chair of the Natural Sciences Department at the Ark City campus, during the July 17 meeting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees at the college’s Mulvane Center.

“WSU actually did approach us,” Schoon said.

Historically, larger schools have shown some reluctance to modify their curriculum, she said.

However, the credits students will be able to earn at Cowley would be guaranteed to transfer to Wichita State.

This program likely will begin officially in the spring, but classes can be taken as early as the fall semester.

There are four degree paths from which students can choose, among them a mechanical engineering degree.

“The regions right here, around Mulvane, are showing more interest in the college,” said Cowley President Dennis Rittle.

With the Bloomenshine Building in Mulvane so close to the Derby and Wichita areas, there is an increasing number of students just in this summer session who have chosen to attend Cowley College for course work that will transfer to larger colleges.

In other business, the trustees:

  • unanimously approved the June board meeting minutes, financial reports, and bills and claims.
  • unanimously approved the new firearms policy.
  • unanimously approved the 2017-18 state appropriation budget.
  • unanimously approved personnel transactions, including the hiring of one faculty member and eight staff members.
  • unanimously approved the designation of depositories for Cowley College.
  • unanimously approved the designation of the Cowley CourierTraveler as the college’s official publication and approved all meeting times for the 2017-18 school year.