Jun 9, 2009    #079
Contact: Laura Byerley
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UMKC and Johnson County Community College partner to help transfer students

Articulation agreement signing ceremony took place June 10

After earning associate degrees, students sometimes find their credits do not apply toward future bachelor’s degrees. But thanks to a new articulation agreement between Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), JCCC associate’s degree recipients will not face this obstacle when they enroll at UMKC.

The Curators of the University of Missouri, on behalf of UMKC and the JCCC Board of Trustees signed the articulation agreement at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 in Room 270 of the Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Regnier Center, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.

Through the agreement, UMKC and JCCC express a shared commitment to increasing opportunities for student access to and success in higher education. By clarifying transfer policies and procedures that assure articulation between programs, the institutions seek to assist students in making a seamless transfer from the associate to the bachelor’s degree.

The agreement guarantees that UMKC will accept and apply designated freshman and sophomore credits from JCCC associate degree programs toward UMKC bachelor’s degree programs, in a manner consistent with the treatment of non-transfer student credits.

“As an urban-serving university, UMKC is dedicated to making higher education accessible to all students and forming meaningful partnerships with area institutions,” said Mel Tyler, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at UMKC. “This articulation agreement with Johnson County Community College is just one way we affirm that commitment.”

Another way UMKC affirms that commitment is by offering the Metro Rate, a program that benefits undergraduate bachelor’s degree candidates who are legal residents of Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. Instead of paying out-of-state tuition, these students will be assessed educational fees equivalent to UMKC’s in-state tuition.

Individual articulation agreements will be signed for 61 separate baccalaureate degrees in UMKC programs ranging from the liberal and performing arts to business, the sciences and computer science and engineering, to education and professional programs in dentistry, nursing and pharmacy.

For more information on UMKC’s articulation agreements with area community colleges, visit

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City:
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

About Johnson County Community College:
With more than 34,000 students enrolled in credit and continuing education classes each semester, Johnson County Community College is the state's third largest institution of higher education and the largest of its 19 community colleges. Nationally known for the quality of its programming and teaching, JCCC offers a full range of undergraduate credit courses that form the first two years of most college curricula. In addition, more than 50 one- and two-year career and certificate programs prepare students to enter the job market in high-employment fields. JCCC’s continuing education program is the largest, most comprehensive in the Kansas City area.

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