KCC and SOU Discuss Regional Partnership

10/13/2014 12:00:00 AM
On October 8th, Klamath Community College’s President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez and Vice President of External Programs Julie Murray-Jensen welcomed Southern Oregon University’s President Dr. Roy Saigo, Provost & Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Susan Walsh, the Interim Dean of the School of Education Steven Thorpe, Department Chair of Education John King, and  the Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Retention Lisa Garcia-Hanson for a day-long meeting to discuss partnership opportunities between the two institutions.  
During the meeting Dr. Gutierrez stated that KCC is looking for a another higher education partnership like the one we have with OSU in Agriculture which allows our students to seamlessly transfer from KCC to SOU without loss of credit.  Further, much of the course work for students in these bachelor degree courses is completed on-line and on campus in KCC classrooms.  Many students prefer to stay in our community to finish degrees and pursue careers.  Possible areas for degree articulation with SOU that were discussed are Education, Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice, Emerging Media and Digital Arts, Art, Business, Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Hospitality and credit for prior learning degrees in the Innovation and Leadership program at SOU.
Dr. Saigo spoke of his success as president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, in creating relationships between institutions that led to dual enrollment degrees between the university and local community colleges which provide the seamless transfer of students between institutions.  He stated that these relationships make a difference not just throughout the state, but across society. 
This meeting with its positive exchange of ideas between schools is the first step in a relationship which can led to a strong regional partnership. A partnership that in the coming year or so can bring bachelor and master degree opportunities in many professions from SOU to KCC’s campus.

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