George Fox University and College of Western Idaho Sign Articulation Agreement

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The public and private school partnership offers students an accelerated track toward a bachelor’s degree; June 11 event celebrates collaboration

I am very interested in continuing my education in managerial organization and like the idea of transferring to the George Fox program, as their curriculum and schedule would work well for me

A new collaboration between George Fox University and the College of Western Idaho (CWI) will provide students an accelerated track toward a bachelor’s degree through a seamless integration process beginning this fall. The agreement, commonly referred to as a 2+2 agreement, will enable students completing associate programs at CWI to fully transfer all credits and be granted junior status at the George Fox Boise Center.

An articulation signing event scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, June 11, at the George Fox’s Boise Center, located at 1810 S. Eagle Road, in Meridian will formalize the partnership. Robin Baker, president of George Fox, and Bert Glandon, CWI’s president, will speak about the significance of the agreement and the benefits for students. The public is invited to attend the event and hosted reception, and officials will be available to speak with media prior to the signing.

The partnership between the nation’s fastest growing community college and a top-ranked private university is the first of its kind for each institution. Articulation agreements between private and public institutions cater to students’ need for flexibility and options that may not otherwise be met in a traditional higher education scenario. Both colleges cater to non-traditional students who are seeking options that offer flexible schedules and affordable education.

“George Fox University is pleased to partner with College of Western Idaho to make a bachelor’s degree more accessible to adult students in the Treasure Valley,” George Fox President Robin Baker said. “Earning a college degree is a transforming experience, and this is an outstanding opportunity for a student to get a great education and to finish in four years.”

The 2+2 agreement makes it easier for community college students in the Boise area to finish their bachelor’s degrees in management and organizational leadership, social and behavioral studies, and elementary education at George Fox. Applications and financial aid information will be shared between the institutions to make for a faster and simpler transition for students.

CWI student Lori Simmons is one who has expressed interest in the opportunity. “I am very interested in continuing my education in managerial organization and like the idea of transferring to the George Fox program, as their curriculum and schedule would work well for me,” Simmons said. “The agreement between the colleges will make it much easier for me to transfer at the end of my studies with CWI.”

On the partnership, CWI President Bert Glandon said, “We are pleased to be partnering with such a well-respected university and look forward to a close-working relationship with the faculty and staff at George Fox. The partnership signifies the mutual desire to support the community’s need for education regardless of their stage in life, and we look forward to providing this additional opportunity to our students.”

In addition to the articulation agreement, George Fox is offering CWI classrooms at its Boise Center in Meridian. The additional classroom space will provide CWI a much-needed resource to meet the anticipated student enrollment for fall 2010. The location will provide Treasure Valley students access to CWI classes during the day and George Fox in the evenings.

For more information about George Fox Boise Center, visit boise.georgefox.edu or call 208-375-3900. For more information about the College of Western Idaho, visit cwidaho.cc or call 208-562-3000.

The George Fox Boise Center was established in 1995 to help meet the educational needs of working adults in the Treasure Valley. The center enrolls students in four undergraduate programs, with bachelor’s degrees in project management, management and business information systems, management and organizational leadership, and social and behavioral studies. It also offers two graduate programs: Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Business Administration.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.

The College of Western Idaho is a public, open-access and comprehensive community college committed to providing affordable access to quality teaching and learning opportunities to the residents of its service area in western Idaho. CWI has seven campus locations throughout Southwest Idaho providing higher education and 21st century technical skills acquisition. The college is dedicated to improving the community’s economic well-being by responding with highly educated and productive graduates. The foundation for the area’s only community college was created by a supermajority of voters in Ada and Canyon counties on May 22, 2007.

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Rae Casey
George Fox University Boise Center
208-375-3900

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