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DelVal signs partnership with Delaware County Community College

Apr 20, 2015

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Credit: Delaware County Community College. Dr. Jerry Parker (left), president of Delaware County Community College, and Dr. Joseph Brosnan, president of Delaware Valley University, signed an agreement today that creates the new DelVal Degree Completion program.

Delaware Valley University and Delaware County Community College signed an agreement today that will allow Delaware County Community College students to earn a DelVal bachelor’s degree without ever having to leave the community college’s campuses in Delaware or Chester counties.

DelVal will begin offering courses in September 2015 at Delaware County Community College’s Marple Campus and Exton Center. Bachelor’s degree programs to be offered include: business administration, counseling psychology, criminal justice and media and communication.

Student tuition for the DelVal Degree Completion program will be $425 per credit, a reduced partnership rate that is less than DelVal’s on-campus tuition. There are no additional fees.

To be eligible, students must have already earned an associate degree from Delaware County Community College and meet the minimum grade point averages required for admission into DelVal’s specific programs.

To further assist students with the cost of earning their bachelor’s degree, students will be able to take up to 12 additional credits at Delaware County Community College beyond those required for their associate degree at the community college tuition rate. Those courses can be applied to the total credits required for the DelVal bachelor’s degree.

This new on-site bachelor’s degree completion program expands on the Guaranteed Dual Admission and Core-to-Core Transfer agreements that both institutions signed in June 2014.

“The expansion of our partnership agreement with Delaware County Community College is reflective of Delaware Valley University’s commitment to being a major resource for education and training in the region,” said Delaware Valley University President Dr. Joseph Brosnan. “Many students who earn associate degrees want to also continue on to a bachelor’s degree, but are often having to deal with personal and financial issues that prevent them from leaving their local area. This program eliminates both those barriers, will help students realize their dream of earning a bachelor’s degree and ultimately will improve their quality of life.”

“Our students will benefit greatly from this opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at a reduced tuition rate without having to leave our College’s campuses,” said Dr. Jerry Parker, president of Delaware County Community College. “The convenience and cost savings represented by this agreement greatly expand the educational options available to our students.”

“We deliberately took a cooperative approach in developing this partnership,” said Art Goon, vice president for enrollment management at DelVal. “We listened to the concerns of the leaders and students at Delaware County Community College and jointly came up with an agreement that will provide for a seamless, convenient and affordable pathway for the College’s associate degree earners to attain bachelor’s degrees. This project also underscores DelVal’s continued effort to be the most transfer-friendly, four-year institution in the region.”