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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 27, 2009

Northwest, Iowa's SWCC sign joint admission agreement

Officials from Northwest Missouri State University and Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, signed an articulation agreement Tuesday, March 31, in the SWCC Administration Center.

The agreement is designed to enhance educational opportunities for students at both institutions and includes provisions for joint admission and reverse transfers.

Joint admission will let students take advantage of facilities and programs offered at both Northwest and SWCC while making the transition from an associate's to a baccalaureate degree track.

Potential benefits of the arrangement, which have yet to be fully negotiated, could include the ability to attend both schools simultaneously; access to a Northwest ID/bank card usable at the B.D. Owens Library, campus dining facilities and the Bearcat Bookstore; student admission to Northwest athletic events, concerts and lectures; and access to University computer labs.

Under terms of the proposed agreement, students qualifying and remaining eligible for joint admission would have to meet all requirements set forth by both institutions. However, students admitted to SWCC but failing to meet Northwest's entrance requirements could be admitted at a later date after achieving the standards for transfer student admission.

In other provisions, Northwest is agreeing to provide periodic on-site academic advising for SWCC students prior to their taking courses at the University. This advising will also include a degree audit on a semester basis informing the students in the joint admissions program of the progress they are making toward their bachelor's degree at Northwest.

Both institutions will exchange appropriate information needed to make students aware of scholarships, financial aid and the potential for satisfying degree requirements by transferring coursework.

Reverse transfers will allow students to transfer coursework from Northwest to SWCC for the purpose of completing some of the requirements for a two-year associate's degree. The program is meant to allow students to finish their associate's degree at Northwest if they leave SWCC prior to graduation.

Established in 1905, Northwest Missouri State University is a state-assisted, four-year regional university that grants bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, specialist degrees in education and a cooperative doctorate in education through the University of Missouri.

Located in Maryville with academic centers in Liberty and St. Joseph, Northwest serves approximately 7,000 students enrolled in more than 100 majors, 70 minors and 19 pre-professional degree programs.

Southwestern Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher learning located in Creston, Iowa. The school has an enrollment of more than 1,400 students and offers the following two-year degrees: associate of arts, associate of applied science and associate of science. SWCC maintains academic outreach centers in Red Oak and Osceola and has an online degree option.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468