West Virginia University’s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will take another step in forging new partnerships when it signs an articulation agreement with Pennsylvania’s Slippery Rock University on Tuesday, Jan. 18. WVU Provost Michele Wheatly and SRU Provost William Williams will sign the agreement in Stewart Hall at 11:30 a.m.
The agreement between Slippery Rock’s Physics Department and CEMR will help create a simplified transfer process for students.
“This agreement is important because it lays out a transparent road map for students,” said Warren Myers, associate dean for academic affairs at CEMR. “This will make transferring easier for students because they will know exactly what they need to take, and when they need to take it.”
According to the agreement, students will complete three years in the SRU physics program before transferring to WVU, where they will complete their final two years. Upon graduation, they will receive a bachelor of science degree in mechanical or civil engineering.
Other SRU representatives that will be attending the signing include Ben Shaevitz, chair of the physics department; Arthula Heart, physics professor; and Susan Hannam, dean of the College of Health, Environment and Science.
CEMR has articulation agreements with five other schools, but Slippery Rock is the first institution outside of West Virginia.
“We recruit heavily from Western Pennsylvania,” said Myers. “This agreement will provide students in that region with opportunities to attend an accredited engineering college.”
Upon signing, WVU will begin recruiting SRU students for the fall 2011 semester.
“West Virginia University and Slippery Rock University have been working together since last spring to bring this agreement to fruition,” said Myers. “Slippery Rock has a desire to provide their students with opportunities to study engineering, and now they will have that option.”
SRU’s Physics Department also has an articulation agreement with Penn State University.
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