MULVANE — Representatives from Cowley College and Wichita State University met Aug. 3 at the college’s Mulvane Center to sign official articulation agreements between the two institutions for five engineering programs. The programs to be included are computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering and manufacturing engineering.

College officials sign articulation agreements
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FROM LEFT: Wichita State University Provost Tony Vizzini and Cowley College President Dennis Rittle.

The agreements represent a true 2+2 arrangement between the two institutions and will allow a student to transfer seamlessly from Cowley College to Wichita State University.

The purpose of the 2+2 agreements is to provide Cowley College’s students with a four-year coordinated program through the pre-engineering curriculum, where students will receive an associate of science degree at Cowley College in his or her first two years and a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Wichita State University after two additional years.

“There is great value when you can help students move from career to classroom in a much more expedited time,” said Cowley College President Dennis Rittle. “This agreement will benefit thousands of students and their families by reducing the time to completion for their degree, which in turn reduces cost to the student.”

These articulation agreements will serve to facilitate the academic transfer of students from Cowley College into one of five programs at Wichita State University by providing students with a clear and concise pathway of classes that will transfer seamlessly. With a clear pathway in place, students will be more likely to persist and complete their educational goals within four years.

“Both parties understand that students need to complete and move into the workforce, earning and contributing to the state in a most efficient manner,” said Tony Vizzini, provost and senior vice president for Wichita State University.

“That is what they come to us for. Therefore, it is our duty to work together to accomplish that. It is a step forward and we look for more of these to occur. We are very appreciative that Cowley was the first to be at the table.”

The agreement will begin with the 2017-18 academic year and is the first of its kind in the state.

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.

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