Wayne State University partnership becomes official
By Elaine Gerou
Wayne State University President Dr. M. Roy Wilson and Schoolcraft College President Dr. Conway A. Jeffress signed a reverse transfer agreement on Friday, July 18 in the Jeffress Center.
The agreement allows Schoolcraft students to transfer to WSU before completing an associate degree and apply the credits they earn to complete an associate at Schoolcraft while simultaneously pursuing a bachelor’s and/or masters at WSU.
“It’s all about the students and making things easier for them,” Wilson said.
For students’ convenience, classes taught by WSU professors will be offered on Schoolcraft’s main campus and online.
“At Wayne State, we want to offer classes when and where it’s convenient for students,” Wilson said. “The new facility in Livonia will give us a presence in another part of Metro Detroit and create an opportunity for more people to earn degrees in the high demand fields of business and engineering. With more and more students attending community colleges, it’s important that Wayne State create partnerships like this to offer pathways to a bachelor’s degree.”
Regarding tuition, the programs offered through the agreement are priced at WSU prices. Scholarships are available and students can use their financial aid at both Schoolcraft and WSU.
“Students should be excited about Schoolcraft to U as they can stay at the campus that they’re familiar with, still participate in all of the Schoolcraft services and activities and continue working on their bachelor’s degree. Schoolcraft to U students will also be able to participate in all the WSU services and activities, too,” said Laurie Kattuah-Snyder, Associate Dean of Advising and Partnerships at Schoolcraft.
Almost 100 students have already enrolled in the WSU Schoolcraft to U programs. The agreement is expected to attract many more students because any student can enroll in a university partner degree program if they meet WSU and program admission requirements. The two learning institutions have been working together for years, and WSU has been one of the top five schools Schoolcraft students have transferred to over the past decade.
“I suspect we’ll be discussing other articulation agreements with WSU in the future,” Kattuah-Snyder said. “Dual enrollment, or rather, concurrent enrollment options, is a part of the Wayne Direct program and Schoolcraft is currently not a partner. This would be something that Schoolcraft will consider in the near future. One of my goals is to have additional WSU majors offered at Schoolcraft which will give our students and the western Wayne county area even more options.”
Jeffress said word of mouth has been the primary marketing strategy used to educate the public about the agreement, but banners, radio broadcastings and an Open House will help spread the word in the upcoming fall semester.
Some of the programs being offered this fall are: Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting or Management, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Computer Technology, Electric Transportation Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electromechanical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology. A Masters in Business Administration is also offered.
To get started, contact Schoolcraft to be connected to a representative at WSU. Call the Schoolcraft Answer Center at 734-462-4426.
For further information, visit schoolcraft.edu/sc-to-u.