A new agreement between Northern Kentucky University and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College should make it easier for students to get a four-year degree.
Presidents of both schools signed a comprehensive articulation agreement Wednesday at Cincinnati State's Clifton campus.
This is the most comprehensive one between the two institutions, Cincinnati State President Dr. O'dell Owens told FOX19 NOW Morning News.
The goal, he said, is to produce a seamless path for Cincinnati State students who graduate with an associate's degree and wish to pursue a bachelor's degree at NKU.
School officials worked on the agreement for more than a year after realizing Cincinnati State students were having difficulty moving into their majors at NKU.
Once students were at NKU, they discovered they hadn't taken the right pre-requisite classes at Cincinnati State. To catch up, they had to spend more money attending more classes.
"This is going to allow us to develop programs where we can ensure our students have the appropriate credits to go right into their majors at NKU," he said. "It is going to be easier and cost them a lot less money because things will be laid out appropriately for them."
Now they can take advantage of resources at both schools and have concurrent enrollment at NKU for Cincinnati State students in designated pathways. They also can have access to NKU campus services and academic advisers.
NKU has more than 15,000 students in six colleges, while Cincinnati State has about 10,500 students, Owens said.
Cincinnati State offers more than 130 associate degree and certificate programs including business technology, information technology, and health and public safety.