DelVal brings bachelor’s degrees to Bucks County Community College

Sep 17, 2015

Courtesy: Bucks County Community College. Bucks County Community College President Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt (left) and Delaware Valley University President Dr. Joseph Brosnan shake hands after signing two new partnerships September 17 at Bucks’ Newtown Campus. The first allows Bucks graduates to complete a bachelor’s degree from DelVal at the community college’s Newtown campus in business administration, counseling psychology, criminal justice, or media and communication. The second is an honors-to-honors transfer agreement, in which students who graduate from Bucks’ honors program are guaranteed admission to the University's honors program.

Delaware Valley University and Bucks County Community College signed an agreement today that allows Bucks graduates to take DelVal courses at the College’s Newtown campus to earn bachelor’s degrees. The agreement was revealed at a signing ceremony at the community college’s campus in Newtown, Pennsylvania. The program is slated to begin in fall 2016.

The new Bachelor’s Degree Completion Agreement gives Bucks students the chance to finish the final years of a bachelor's degree in: business administration, counseling psychology, criminal justice, or media and communication at the College's Newtown campus. To be eligible, students must have earned an associate degree from Bucks and meet the minimum grade-point-average required for admission into their specific academic program.

“Most students who earn an associate degree have a goal of earning a bachelor’s degree, but personal and financial issues often prevent them from reaching that goal,” said Art Goon, vice president for enrollment management at DelVal. “This program will help students overcome those barriers and realize their dreams of earning a four-year degree, which will ultimately improve their quality of life.”

Tuition will be $425 per credit, a reduced partnership rate that is less than DelVal’s on-campus tuition.  There are no additional fees. What’s more, Bucks students will be able to transfer up to 72 credits to DelVal, or 12 additional credits beyond an associate degree, further saving on tuition costs. 

The Bachelor's Degree Completion Agreement expands a 2013 agreement that guaranteed Bucks students admission to DelVal if they met certain requirements, and a core-to-core agreement that guaranteed transfer of certain Bucks courses to DelVal.

In addition, the two schools formalized an Honors-to-Honors Transfer Agreement.  Students in the Honors@Bucks program who earn an associate degree will be guaranteed admission to the University’s Honors Program.  The agreement also includes a $1,000 annual scholarship for Honors@Bucks students who transfer to DelVal. Bucks students can take advantage of the Honors-to-Honors Agreement starting in the spring 2016 semester.

“The expansion of our partnership with Bucks County Community College reflects Delaware Valley University’s commitment to being a major resource for education and training in Bucks County,” said DelVal President Dr. Joseph Brosnan. “As the County’s two leading institutions of higher education, it makes sense for us to continue to collaborate in order to provide quality education and seamless pathways for our area residents who wish to earn bachelor’s degrees.”

“At Bucks, more than 70 percent of our graduates transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, Bucks president. “This partnership with DelVal will provide a convenient path for many of our graduates to continue their studies beyond the associate degree right here in Newtown.”