Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ottawa University expands partnership with college

By The Herald Staff | 6/9/2014

Ottawa University and Johnson County Community College recently announced a move to expand an undergraduate degree completion agreement that exists between the two institutions.

Ottawa University, effective June 30, plans to offer a tuition scholarship to any JCCC associate degree graduate who transfers to select baccalaureate degree programs at the university, according to an OU news release. The scholarship will reduce the per credit hour tuition paid by the new student to a rate of $275, the release said.

Ottawa University and Johnson County Community College recently announced a move to expand an undergraduate degree completion agreement that exists between the two institutions.

Ottawa University, effective June 30, plans to offer a tuition scholarship to any JCCC associate degree graduate who transfers to select baccalaureate degree programs at the university, according to an OU news release. The scholarship will reduce the per credit hour tuition paid by the new student to a rate of $275, the release said.

While the original cohort applied only to Business Administration, Health Care Management (non-clinical track) and Human Services majors, the new agreement expands the major options by eight, including Accounting, Business Economics, Health Care Management, Human Resources, Management, Management of Information Systems, Marketing and Public Administration, the release said.

Eight JCCC students earned their bachelor’s degrees in March through the inaugural cohort formed between the two institutions, the release said.

The new agreement provides students with different options for completing their degree, including online or on-site at Ottawa University’s Overland Park campus. The cohort still will be offered for the three original majors, the release said, but the location is being moved from the JCCC campus to the OU campus, the release said.

Two cohort start terms are offered — Spring II (March) and Fall (August), the release said. Students choosing not to participate in a cohort can enroll any of eight terms throughout the academic year. Once enrolled, all students using the JCCC transfer advantage program must complete a minimum of one course — three credits or more — per term and remain consecutively enrolled to retain the scholarship, the release said.

“Most cohort models require the students to meet as teams and work together outside of class, which leads to time management issues for busy adults,” Tom Edwards, Ottawa University’s director of business programs and one of the professors for the cohort, said in the release. “Our model has two classes meeting on the same evening, with no team projects required outside of the classroom.

“An unanticipated side effect of the model is the camaraderie these groups of students develop,” Edwards said. “One cohort group got to campus about an hour before their first class each week. They visited, studied together, and just enjoyed one another’s company. Another group planned whole meals for the break between their two classes. These cohorts, and others, have developed strong friendships through this shared opportunity.”

Danikka Bateman was one of the original cohort students who earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Services and participated in commencement ceremonies May 31 on OU’s residential campus, 1001 S. Cedar St., Ottawa.

As a JCCC student, Bateman had earned varied credits, but most schools wouldn’t apply them toward a specific bachelor’s degree, she said.

“The cohort provided a way for me to wrap all the credits I already had and fit them together into a bachelor’s degree,” Bateman said. “I was able to finish my degree in only one year, going to class only one evening a week and still working my day job.”

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