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Cedar Crest College Helps Adult Community College Students Afford Bachelor’s Degree

Dr. Kim Spiezio
Dr. Kim Spiezio

Boosting the degree completion rate for students enrolled at two-year schools has been a priority for President Barack Obama, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, and the presidents of area community colleges.

To help meet this goal, the School of Adult and Graduate Education at Cedar Crest College has adopted one of the most student-friendly transfer policies in the state of Pennsylvania. The new transfer credit policy will create a very strong incentive for students at community colleges to finish their associate’s degree, and make pursuing a bachelor’s degree more affordable.

The policy is designed to make it easier for adult students to transfer to Cedar Crest College by taking the guesswork out of the transfer process. Transfer students will simply know that they have fulfilled all of the general education requirements if they have already completed their associate’s or bachelor’s degree. This includes students with an associate’s degree from a community college, as well as students who would like to transfer 90 credits from a four-year college.

With its new policy, Cedar Crest is helping to lead the way among four-year colleges dedicated to promoting greater educational opportunities for adult students.
“Cedar Crest College is proud to embrace a transfer credit policy for adult students that explicitly acknowledges what many have long known: Earning an associate’s degree from a community college is a mark of academic achievement that should be recognized, respected and valued,” said Kim Spiezio, dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Education.

Another benefit of the policy is that it will enable adult students to earn their degree more quickly at Cedar Crest, since they will have the opportunity to devote all of their time and attention to their majors and professional programs. By eliminating the need for transfer students to take additional general education courses, the policy will also lower the cost of obtaining a four-year degree from Cedar Crest College.

For more information about Cedar Crest’s new transfer credit policy, contact the adult and graduate admissions office at 610-740-3770.