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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 31, 2009

Northwest signs joint admissions agreement with Metropolitan Community College

Officials from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville and Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City have signed a joint admissions agreement designed to enhance educational opportunities for students at both institutions.

The agreement includes a joint admission provision that will allow students to take advantage of facilities and programs at both Northwest and MCC while making the transition from a two-year associate's degree track to a program leading to a four-year bachelor's degree.

Potential benefits for students include the ability to attend both schools simultaneously; receipt of a Northwest ID usable at the University's B.D. Owens Library, campus dining facilities and the Bearcat Bookstore; and student admission to Northwest athletic events, concerts and lectures.

"Both Northwest and Metropolitan Community College are committed to expanding the educational opportunities available in our region," said Northwest President John Jasinski. "MCC has an excellent reputation of service to the greater Kansas City area, and everyone at Northwest is looking forward to the good things that are going to come out of this exciting partnership. Our agreement creates new avenues for students who wish to build on the solid academic foundation provided by MCC as they move on to complete bachelor's degrees from Northwest."

Under terms of the agreement, which goes into effect this fall, students qualifying and remaining eligible for joint admission must meet all entrance requirements set forth by both institutions. However, students admitted to MCC but failing to meet Northwest's requirements could be admitted at a later date after achieving eligibility for transfer student admission.

In other provisions, Northwest has agreed to provide periodic academic advising for MCC students prior to their date of transfer to the University. Also, 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.

Students will also be allowed to "reverse transfer" by moving course credits from Northwest to MCC for the purpose of completing some of the requirements for an associate's degree. This will enable students to complete their associate's degree at Northwest if they leave MCC 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.

Northwest Missouri State University

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.

Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City

Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City offers programs designed to help students both prepare for continued higher education and develop occupational skills. The college serves more than 10,000 students annually at five campuses: MCC-Blue River in Independence; MCC-Business & Technology in Kansas City; MCC-Longview in Lee's Summit; MCC-Maple Woods in Kansas City North; and MCC-Penn Valley in Kansas City.

The college offers a general education associate in arts degree; associate in arts degrees in teaching, computer science, engineering and science; and numerous associate in applied science degrees and certificates.

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