Harper, Governors State to Ink Dual Degree Program

Harper College on Friday (January 18, 2013) will sign an agreement with Governors State University designed to pave another pathway to a four-year degree.

The Dual Degree Program guarantees admission to Harper students who enroll in the program and complete their associate degree. Harper credits will transfer seamlessly, and Governors State's tuition rate will be locked in for students when they start at Harper. Additionally, those in the program will be able to compete for scholarships offered by Governors State to community college transfer students.

Governors State is a four-year university located in University Park, Ill., about 35 miles south of Chicago.

The agreement, like other deals forged recently between Harper and Illinois four-year universities - including Roosevelt and DePaul Universities and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - puts the focus on finishing college and makes it more affordable to do so.

"We always stress to our students the importance of finishing what they start," said Harper Provost Judy Marwick. "Post-secondary education is vital in today's economy, and this partnership provides another opportunity to achieve an important educational goal by starting at Harper College."

Participants in the program will have access to Governors State advisors and transfer specialists from the time they start at Harper. They will be advised by counselors from both schools as they plan their education.

"The Dual Degree Program is a very student-centered program. This signing is the beginning of what will better serve students," Governors State President Dr. Elaine Maimon said. "We at GSU are focused on providing a clear pathway for students to earn both their associate and bachelor's degrees."

Governors State officials will join Harper President Dr. Kenneth Ender and Harper staff to formally sign the agreement at 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 18 in Room W214 of the Wojcik Conference Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Harper holds transfer agreements with more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide.

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