In a new partnership to be formalized May 30,
Rutgers University and Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will expand opportunities
for associate degree holders in the Mercer County area to earn Rutgers degrees
on MCCC’s West Windsor campus.
Beginning in fall 2013, Rutgers’ newest
off-campus degree-completion program will offer three bachelor’s degree
programs at MCCC: labor and employment relations, RN to BS in nursing, and
The two institutions will sign a memorandum of
understanding formalizing their partnership in a ceremony at MCCC at 1200 Old
Trenton Road, West Windsor, at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 30. Rutgers Executive
Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard L. Edwards and MCCC President
Patricia C. Donohue will sign the document, officially commencing the
“Rutgers is pleased to be working with Dr.
Donohue and the administration of Mercer County Community College to enable
their graduates and others in the surrounding region to attain their higher
education goals,” Edwards said. “Rutgers’ Off Campus Programs at Mercer will
give students more flexibility to balance family and work obligations while
studying closer to home.”
"Through this partnership, both Mercer and
Rutgers University promote student success and expand opportunities for
students," said Dr. Donohue. "Enabling our graduates to pursue their
bachelor's degrees right here on the West Windsor campus opens the doors to
opportunities that otherwise might not be available. We look forward to an
exciting and productive relationship with Rutgers University as we serve New
for Rutgers' Off Campus Programs will be located in MCCC's Fine Arts Building.
Courses will be offered in West Windsor Campus classrooms, online, and in a
hybrid blend of on-site and online formats. On-site classes will be held in the
evenings, adding to the convenience for students with work or family
off-campus concept grew out of a state Commission of Higher Education study in
1998 that identified underserved regions for four-year degree opportunities in
The program at MCCC marks the fourth off-campus
partnership Rutgers has established with community colleges around the state
since the late 1990s, when it began offering degree-completion opportunities in
partnership with Brookdale Community College at its Freehold campus.
Subsequent partnerships were established with
Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing and Raritan Valley Community
College in North Branch. Last fall, Rutgers opened a 22,000-square-foot,
state-of-the-art Lifelong Learning Center on the Atlantic Cape campus to serve
its students there.
All classes are taught by Rutgers faculty and
instructors affiliated with academic programs on the Camden, Newark and New
Brunswick campuses. On-site advising is provided by Rutgers professional staff.
To be considered for admission, students must
hold an associate degree or 60 credits from an accredited community college or
four-year institution. Candidates must meet all Rutgers admissions criteria.
Students enrolled in off-campus programs are Rutgers students and have access
to university services, such as the libraries.
To date, more than 500 degrees have been awarded
through Rutgers’ Off Campus Programs, which are part of the Division of
Continuing Studies. More than 600 students are enrolled for the spring 2013
semester in 80 classroom course offerings on the three community college
Established in 1966, Mercer County Community
College is a publicly supported comprehensive educational institution that
provides opportunities for higher education through an open-door admissions
policy. MCCC offers 70 degree program options and 30 credit certificate
programs. It enrolls more than 13,000 full- and part-time students.
Established in 1766,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is America’s eighth oldest
institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research
universities. Rutgers is one of only two New Jersey institutions represented in
the prestigious Association of American Universities.
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