January 26, 2012/Crain's Detroit Business
By Meghana Keshavan
Students at two community colleges can complete their degrees in product design and development at Eastern Michigan University, under an articulation agreement between EMU and Monroe County Community College and Macomb Community College.
Students can transfer up to 94 credit hours to EMU to complete an undergraduate degree in the design and development of automotive, industrial and consumer products.
“The agreement ties in with each college’s technical program and encourages students who are working on a technical associate’s degree to earn a bachelor’s degree,” Patricia Cygnar, director of EMU’s community college relations, said in a statement.
This agreement follows the June 2011 passing of House Bill 4496, which allowed Michigan’s 28 community colleges to award students four-year degrees in five programs, including nursing.
Universities such as EMU, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University have emphatically opposed the bill. Community colleges have lower rates for each credit hour than do universities.
State universities are therefore forming more partnerships with community colleges, outlining the coursework that can transfer to university degree programs. This way, students can save money and still earn bachelor’s degrees from four-year accredited institutions.
EMU has 116 articulation agreements with 19 community colleges in Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina and Ontario.