For Immediate Release

Sept. 10, 2010
Albertus Magnus Transfer PactCUTLINE: (Click for hi-res image)Housatonic Community College and Albertus Magnus College recently signed a transfer agreement that guarantees qualified HCC graduates admission into AMC’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Business Management program. Signing the agreement were, seated from left, Dr. Irene Rios of West Haven, Dean of AMC’s School of New Dimensions; AMC President Dr. Julia McNamara of Old Saybrook; HCC President Anita T. Gliniecki of Monroe; HCC Academic Dean Elizabeth Roop of Stratford; (standing, left to right) AMC Provost Dr. John Donohue of Hamden and HCC Business Department Chair Joan Gallagher of Shelton.


HCC/Albertus Sign Transfer Pact

For Accelerated Business Management Program
Strengthens Ties between Schools

BRIDGEPORT--Housatonic Community College (HCC) and New Haven’s Albertus Magnus College (AMC) signed a transfer agreement Sept. 8 that will guarantee qualified HCC graduates admission into AMC’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Business Management program.

The agreement, which takes effect in the Spring, 2011 semester, applies to graduates of HCC’s seven business administration programs who earned a minimum GPA of 2.0 or better and have two years work experience. The Albertus program is offered through the School of New Dimensions.

“The agreement with Albertus Magnus presents a wonderful opportunity for our students,” said HCC President Anita Gliniecki of Monroe. “It builds on a history of cooperation with Albertus that will enable more of our students to move seamlessly to the next level of their academic careers.”

The transfer agreement stands as an excellent example of how a community college and a four-year college can work together to provide educational opportunities for students, she said.

“We at Albertus Magnus College are extremely pleased to begin this new and exciting relationship with Housatonic Community College,” said Albertus President Dr. Julia McNamara of Old Saybrook. “It is a wonderful opportunity for our institutions to work together to make the dream of attaining a bachelor's degree a reality for Housatonic students who are so focused on creating a better future for themselves and their families."

HCC Academic Dean Elizabeth Roop of Stratford observed that the transfer agreement is part of a growing national trend. “More and more, students enrolling at community colleges are recognizing the benefit of community colleges as transfer institutions. Four-year colleges and universities are also increasingly recognizing community college graduates as a source of qualified students who can successfully complete a four-year program. And we all know that community colleges are a central force in increasing the number of students graduating at all levels of higher education, whether from their own colleges or in contributing to the number of bachelor’s degree-ready students in the transfer pipeline.”

Students and parents alike realize that this makes economic sense as well as academic sense, she said. By going to a community college for two years, then transferring to a four-year school, she said, students can cut their tuition bill almost in half.

"The agreement between Albertus and Housatonic is a great example of how creative people can work together to further one of the most significant issues in higher education today: providing access to high quality academic programs for students enmeshed in family, career and professional obligations,” said Albertus Provost Dr. John Donohue of Hamden. “We're delighted to partner with HCC.”

This is the third transfer agreement Housatonic and Albertus have signed. The others apply to traditional programs in General Studies and Human Services.

The transfer agreement applies to HCC students who receive degrees in Business Administration; Business Administration: Human Resource Management; Business Administration: Management; Business Administration: Finance; Business Administration: Small Business Management, Business Administration: Global Business Option; and Business Administration: Customer Service/Marketing programs.

Qualified graduates of these HCC programs can take advantage of the transfer agreement. Qualified HCC students now enrolled in these programs can take advantage of the transfer agreement upon graduation.

AMC’s accelerated programs were designed for working professionals interested in completing their undergraduate degree or pursuing a master’s degree.  Students benefit from small class sizes and classroom activities are offered in convenient locations and at convenient times.

HCC has transfer agreements in place with 18 four-year colleges and universities. These include Albertus Magnus, Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing, Central Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Charter Oak College, Fairfield University, Marymount College, New York University, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, St. Joseph College, Post University, University of Bridgeport, University of Connecticut, University of New Haven and Wheelock College.

For more information about the accelerated program, call Albertus Magnus at 203-777-7100. For information about HCC’s business administration programs, call Business Department Chairperson Joan Gallagher at 203-332-5118.