Davenport, Schoolcraft concurrent enrollment program set to begin in 2016
BY ELIZABETH CASELLA
Students now have a new way of receiving two degrees at once in the same traditional four-year pathway of an average university. Beginning January 2016, Davenport University will begin a concurrent enrollment program for selected degrees. This program will allow students who enroll at Davenport University to earn an associates and a bachelor’s degree within three to four years simultaneously from Davenport.
The first program established within the concurrent program is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. It is will be the fastest way to earn a BSN completion for current and future students, thus getting them into the workforce sooner.
“This is different than a traditional articulation agreement where a student can earn up to 90 credits at Schoolcraft prior to transferring out to a Bachelor degree. This involves highly motivated nursing students to take Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) courses from Davenport at the same time as their Associates Degree in Nursing courses and earn a BSN in less than four years,” said Laurie Kattuah-Snyder, Schoolcraft’s Associate Dean of Advising and Partnerships.
Other enrollment areas of study are in the works as well. Davenport is planning to add a marketing and accounting degree with the help of Schoolcraft coordinators that then will direct students to take the program and receive a degree from Davenport.
“It would be really great to get my associates and bachelors at the same if they are able to offer it to accounting majors. It would take a lot of dedication, but it would be worth it to be involved in a program such as this,” said Schoolcraft freshman Kayla Harper.
The concurrent enrollment option at Davenport is being modeled after other schools in Michigan that already have enacted the option. Schools such as Ferris State University, Wayne State University, Oakland University and Michigan State University have programs for concurrent enrollment that work with community college students to achieve both degrees while they work on credits on other campuses as well as the university campus.
“I would consider joining the program. I have been trying to decide between schools that I will transfer to after Schoolcraft, but this program offering an associate and bachelors at the same time from one school would be a better option I believe. I would encourage anyone that is thinking of going into the degrees offered by this to look into if it is right for them,” said Schoolcraft student Katie Lynch.
There are currently no students enrolled in the program yet, but if students would like to apply, they must first apply to Davenport University at davenport.edu. Once accepted, they can discuss this option with one of their admissions advisors to make sure this program is right for them. Students can contact their academic advisor for more information or can contact Laurie Kattuah-Snyder’s office at 734-462-4468.