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UB Articulation

Release Date: 5/2/2005

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Carroll Community College and University of Baltimore Create Formal Agreement To Help Students Transfer

A formal articulation agreement between Carroll Community College (Carroll) and the University of Baltimore (UB) has been established to allow students to seamlessly transfer their associate's of applied science degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from Carroll to the University of Baltimore. The end result is a bachelor's of science degree, Management Information Systems (MIS), from the Robert G. Merrick School of Business at UB.

An official signing ceremony was held May 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Carroll.

What is an Articulation Agreement?
An articulation agreement is a formal contract between a community college and a four-year institution, which spells out in detail the necessary courses needed to transfer to the four-year college. Students enter the transfer institution as juniors, with the requirements for the first two years already completed.

"I have always had great respect for the University of Baltimore and the work that they do in higher education," said Dr. Faye Pappalardo, president of Carroll Community College. "Therefore, it pleases me that we have developed an articulation agreement with the University. This opportunity for our students who graduate with a CIS degree to move seamlessly into UB's MIS degree can only foster a smooth transition and be advantageous for both Carroll Community College and the University."

"IT is an essential part of our knowledge-based economy, and it is, in turn, essential for institutions such as UB and Carroll to join together to offer a seamless transition for students interested in pursuing a degree in the field," said UB President Robert L. Bogomolny. "Maryland is counting on having these students prepared to meet the IT needs of the 21st century, and we are pleased to create this opportunity while also providing built-in savings of both time and money."

A Win-Win Situation
Kate Demarest, division chair of Business and Management Information Systems at Carroll, says that thanks to the new agreement, students entering Carroll can see a clear path towards a bachelor's degree in this field. "By partnering with UB, we provide students with a clear option and open a dialogue between the faculty and administration of the two schools," said Demarest. "UB is uniquely positioned to work with community college students. In addition, UB's Merrick School of Business is AACSB-accredited, a distinction given to only the top 20 to 25 percent of the business schools across the U.S."

According to Demarest, MIS programs like UB's tend to differ from more traditional programs because MIS blends business with computers. "This coupling of knowledge in technology, as well as business, prepares students to develop applications that meet the business needs of their customers," said Demarest. "In addition, students will acquire the 'soft skills' that are so important in managerial roles."

Carroll Community College established a Transfer Office to oversee the transfer process, ensuring a smooth transition for students to four-year institutions. About 80 percent of Carroll students intend to go on to pursue a degree at a four-year institution.

Carroll Community College is located in Westminster, Md. University of Baltimore is located in downtown Baltimore, Md.

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