Ivy Bridge College Signs 100th Articulation Agreement

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New agreement with University of Cincinnati marks major milestone in the company’s mission to expand access to a high-quality bachelor’s degree and ease the burden of college transfer logistics

Articulation agreements are an important part of Ivy Bridge’s mission to give students from all walks of life the access and opportunity they need to successfully complete a college education.

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Ivy Bridge College, an online institution of higher learning formed through a joint venture agreement between Altius Education and Tiffin University of Ohio, announced today that it has signed its 100th articulation agreement. The college specializes in providing its students with a streamlined pathway to a bachelor’s degree through high-quality associate degree programs and guided transfer to an expansive network of four-year partner institutions. Today marks an important milestone in the company’s mission to expand access to higher education—the addition of the University of Cincinnati as the 100th member of Ivy Bridge College’s diverse network of transfer partners.

“Earning an associate degree from a community college then transferring to a four-year school to complete a bachelor’s degree is a route students have been taking for generations,” said Paul Freedman, CEO of Altius Education. “Unfortunately, making things work is often left up to the student alone and it can be an arduous and frustrating process. Articulation agreements eliminate the obstacles so students are on an optimized academic path as they transfer from Ivy Bridge College to one of our partner institutions.”

Ivy Bridge College’s focus on streamlining the transfer process comes at a critical time in U.S. higher education. To meet President Obama’s 2020 goal of leading the world in college graduates, community colleges will undoubtedly play an increasingly important role in feeding four-year colleges a diverse cohort of academically prepared and motivated students. But the admission process for transferring students from a two- to a four-year institution is often difficult to navigate. The task of assigning credits and aligning coursework can be incredibly time-consuming and involved since course requirements and academic programs vary widely from institution to institution.

Articulation agreements simplify this process by carefully mapping the transfer of credits between two institutions. Ivy Bridge College graduates are able to enjoy seamless transfer because the college’s comprehensive program ensures that they leave Ivy Bridge with the coursework and grades they need to be successful at the four-year partner institution of their choice.

The University of Cincinnati is one of several new schools that signed articulation agreements with Ivy Bridge College this summer. Other universities include Rutgers University, Newark; University of Texas Arlington; and Fort Hayes State University.

These schools are the newest additions to Ivy Bridge College’s vast network of four-year institutions that accept transfer students who have an Ivy Bridge College associate degree into their undergraduate programs at junior-year status. The first articulation agreement was signed with Dominican College in New York in March 2008. Among the dozens of schools who have joined the network since then are Arizona State University, George Mason University, Kansas State University, and West Virginia University.

“Articulation agreements are an important part of Ivy Bridge’s mission to give students from all walks of life the access and opportunity they need to successfully complete a college education,” said Freedman.

Moving forward, Ivy Bridge College will continue to expand opportunities for students through more articulation agreements, and hopes to grow their diverse network to include colleges in each of the 50 states.

To learn more about Ivy Bridge College, Altius Education, or their growing network of partner institutions visit http://ivybridge.tiffin.edu/transfer-programs or contact Vincent Guerrieri at vincent(dot)guerrieri(at)altiused(dot)com or 415-762-1506.

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