Garden City Community College and Baker University have signed a new articulation agreement establishing a collaborative partnership for the benefit of students.
“This agreement provides a systematic plan enabling students to transfer their Garden City credit hours to Baker University,” said Mark Bandre, Baker vice president of enrollment management and student development.
For GCCC students who graduate with an associate in arts or associate in science degree, with a grade point average of 2.6 or better, the agreement offers guaranteed admission to Baker, a private, liberal arts institution located in Baldwin City.
The guaranteed admission provides a series of advantages for GCCC transfer students with associate degrees, Bandre explained, including full junior class standing in most cases.
“We are truly gratified to have an institution such as Baker University on campus to pursue our graduates,” said Dr. Herbert J. Swender, GCCC president.
“This is good for our college, this is good for the university, and ultimately it is something that will be nothing but beneficial for the students we serve here in Southwest Kansas,” Swender added, noting the importance of students first completing their freshman and sophomore years with GCCC.
Swender and Bandre were joined at the signing ceremony Dec. 6 on the Garden City campus by Ryan Ruda, GCCC vice president for student services; GCCC Faculty Senate President Linda Morgan, criminal justice instructor and Department of Public Safety director; and Faculty Senate Vice President Terry Lee, instructor in the Science and Mathematics Division.
Those signing the agreement for GCCC included Swender and Dee Wigner, executive vice president. Those signing for Baker included Dr. Patricia N. Long, president; and Brian Posler, executive vice president for academic affairs.
“It’s a great thing anytime we can establish a new agreement that expands options for our students,” Morgan said.
While GCCC credits are regularly accepted by bachelor-level colleges and universities throughout the nation, the articulation plan provides students with specific benefits.
Bandre, himself a Baker graduate, explained that transfer students arriving at the university under the agreement will be treated as if they have met all Baker Quest course requirements, other than the university’s Global Culture and Community class, Global Citizenship or a pair of salon-designated courses. The agreement also specifies any courses transfer students may need to complete.
GCCC transfer students with cumulative GPAs of 2.6 or above will automatically qualify for academic scholarships, as well as consideration for additional financial assistance. In addition, those admitted under the agreement will receive full access to all of the university’s support services, including assistance with admissions and financial aid, as well as academic advising, the Student Academic Success Center and others.
GCCC graduates in the program will also qualify for class-standing priority in residence hall selection and access to competitive programs and course registration, Bandre noted, in addition to acceptance of all GCCC course credits with grades of C or higher. That includes coursework earned under high school dual enrollment arrangements, advanced placement testing and the College-Level Examination Program.
Baker University, like GCCC, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Established in 1858, it has produced four Rhodes Scholars, a Pulitzer Prize winner and leaders in business, education, health care, literature, art and other disciplines. It operates programs in Baldwin City, Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita.
The university, which grants baccalaureate and higher degrees, is made up of the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Professional and Graduate Studies, School of Nursing and School of Education.
GCCC, founded in 1919, has served the public longer than any other Kansas community college and was named in 2012 among the top 10 percent of American community colleges by the Aspen Institute, as well as one of the top 24 community colleges in the nation for student success by CNN Money.
In addition to the agreement with Baker, GCCC has entered articulation partnerships over the past year with Kansas State University, Newman University, Sterling College and National American University.