East Central College and Missouri University of Science and Technology are coming together to reduce college costs and help students earn a degree in less time.
The Concurrent Enrollment program will allow students who meet the admissions requirements of East Central College and Missouri S&T to be admitted to both schools. The program gives students the flexibility to take courses at both schools at the same time and allows them to access a larger selection of courses and schedules to better fit their needs.
“We are excited to be a part of this new program,” said ECC President Dr. Jon Bauer. “This is a great opportunity for our institutions to work together for the benefit of our students.”
Students also will have the ability to complete an associate’s degree from East Central College while working toward a bachelor’s degree from Missouri S&T.
“The program aspires to decrease time to graduation and total credits at graduation,” said Dr. Bauer, “while increasing enrollment, retention, transfer and graduation rates.”
Legislation approved in 2016 directed the department to establish the Concurrent Enrollment pilot program. Results of the programs will be reported to the governor and the General Assembly by Jan. 1, 2020. Ten students will help pilot the program in the first year at ECC.
East Central College and Missouri S&T have a thriving transfer partnership that was established more than 40 years ago. Originally established for the benefit of engineering students, the partnership has expanded to include students majoring in more than 40 different degree programs.
Over the coming months, East Central College and Missouri S&T will work together to finalize the program specifics.