Higher education
1:19 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Cincy State/UC sign new partnership agreement

It will now be easier for Cincinnati State students to get four-year degrees from the University of Cincinnati.  

The presidents of both schools signed an agreement Wednesday that will guarantee admission to UC for anyone who graduates from Cincinnati State with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science and a grade point average of at least 2.0.  Students seeking admission to selective colleges at UC would be required to meet those admission standards.  

The plan also sets up a framework to make it easier for students to fully transfer credits between the two schools.  The “Cincinnati Pathway Scholars” program connects qualified Cincinnati State students who are UC-bound to UC’s campus, academic advisors and academic events as well as the promise of a scholarship if they successfully matriculate.

“This agreement is good for students, good for the region, and good for both institutions,” Cincinnati State President O’dell Owens said in a release. “Today we are making it easier, and less expensive, for Greater Cincinnati residents to get the education that today’s employers require.”

The agreement is the result of discussions between Owens, a former UC trustee, UC President Santa Ono and top academic officials at both schools.

“This agreement symbolizes the commitment of both campuses to provide access to higher education for the students in our region as well as take important steps to assure their completion through enhanced advising and degree tracking,” Ono said in a release.  “At UC, we want to provide students with many options for gateways to a baccalaureate degree – our Uptown campus, our two regional campuses and Cincinnati State.”

About a third of Cincinnati state graduates already attend UC after getting their associate degrees.  

Cincinnati State has had numerous articulation agreements in the past with UC, but none as comprehensive as the one signed Wednesday.

The agreement is similar to partnerships announced recently between Northern Kentucky University and Gateway Community and Technical College and Miami University and Columbus State.