WILKES-BARRE — Recalling his mother’s decision to pursue higher education by enrolling at Misericordia College in 1930, Luzerne County Community College President Thomas Leary announced an agreement Wednesday between LCCC and Misericordia to allow students to transfer credits more easily.
“This creates a pathway to a degree that is both accessible and affordable,” Leary said during a news conference held jointly with Misericordia President Thomas Botzman in the LCCC Corporate Learning Center.
Noting President Barack Obama recently held a White House summit calling on colleges and universities to commit to expanding and improving higher-education opportunities “for students of all socio-economic backgrounds,” Botzman said “both of these agreements do that.”
The two took turns at the podium outlining the deal, then sat down to sign the two agreements:
• The first is a “reverse transfer agreement” that allows Misericordia-earned credits to transfer to LCCC if a student decides to seek an associate’s degree.
• The second, a “dual admissions agreement,” allows a student to essentially enroll in both schools, guaranteeing admission of LCCC students into a parallel bachelor’s degree program with third-year status at Misericordia after completing an associate’s degree in a variety of majors.
The dual-admissions agreement includes $2,000 annual scholarships for qualifying students transferring from LCCC to Misericordia, with additional scholarships of up to $10,000 for those maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
The agreement requires students to complete an intent form before finishing 30 credits at LCCC. They must also enroll at Misericordia within one year of earning their associate’s degree, and cannot attend another college between LCCC graduation and coming to Misericordia.
The programs covered included in the associate-to-bachelor’s-degree path include: humanities to philosophy or history; journalism/media writing to communications; social science to social work, applied behavioral sciences, history, or government, law and national security; business administration to business administration; accounting to accounting; human services to applied behavioral sciences; criminal justice to government, law and national security; humanities to English or psychology; and nursing to nursing.