New program will allow seamless transition for HCCC graduates to qualifying programs at Saint Peter’s University; agreement enlarges possibilities for Hudson County residents to attain higher educations.

Posted: 4/1/2015
Jennifer Christopher
 
Pictured at the agreement’s signing on March 27 are (seated from left) Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Vice President for Academic Affairs Eric Friedman, HCCC President Glen Gabert, and Saint Peter’s University President Eugene Cornacchia; (standing from left) HCCC Dean of Arts & Sciences Christopher Wahl, Saint Peter’s Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Elizabeth Sullivan, Saint Peter’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Assessment Mildred Mihlon, and Saint Peter’s Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Steinman.

March 30, 2015, Jersey City, NJ – Beginning this Fall, students who will earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from Hudson County Community College may apply for entry into a qualifying dual admission program at Saint Peter’s University.

Under the terms of an agreement, any Hudson County Community College student enrolled in a qualifying program may apply for entry into the dual admission program at any time prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student will be graduating from HCCC.

Students in this dual admission program will be held to the same academic standards as any Saint Peter’s University student upon enrollment, and must meet the admission requirements, which includes holding a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 or better. HCCC grads in the dual admission program will then be seamlessly admitted as juniors at Saint Peter’s University.

The application fee to Saint Peter’s University will be waived for students in the dual admission program, and these students will be assigned advisors from both HCCC and Saint Peter’s University. Hudson County Community College will provide Saint Peter’s University with copies of students’ transcripts at no cost to Saint Peter’s University, and the Saint Peter’s University advisor will maintain an office on the Hudson County Community College campus.

The official signing of the agreement took place Friday morning, March 27, in the Board Room at Hudson County Community College. HCCC President Glen Gabert, Ph.D. and Saint Peter’s University President Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D. were joined by various members of the HCCC and Saint Peter’s administration and faculty.

“Hudson County Community College has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Saint Peter’s University that has benefited our students and our community,” Dr. Gabert stated. That relationship dates back to 1981 when the two schools shared some of the same facilities.
“This dual admission agreement will make it easier for area students to attain their bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Environmental Studies and Accountancy at Saint Peter’s University,” Dr. Gabert said.

Dr. Gabert said that this dual admission program agreement dovetails with the recent announcement that the HCCC Foundation will provide scholarships for students who are graduating from HCCC and transferring to Saint Peter’s University. The award will be for two $10,000 scholarships per year for two years. Additionally, in 2012 HCCC and Saint Peter’s University signed agreement that allows HCCC graduates to go on to Saint Peter’s for the same tuition they would pay at a New Jersey four-year institution – a large savings. The agreements have made it possible for Hudson County residents – who might not have been able to afford it – to now attain a bachelor’s degree from a private, four-year institution.

“The path to completing an advanced degree continues to evolve and Saint Peter’s takes pride in the University’s unique partnerships with Hudson County Community College, which enable us to stay one step ahead of the trends,” said Dr. Cornacchia. “Agreements such as the dual admissions program promote and stimulate the interest in advanced education, which will prove to be a great asset in the future to Hudson County and beyond.”

In December 2014, HCCC entered into agreements with CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital and Saint Peter’s University. Those agreements provide for the transfer and physical relocation of the cooperative allied health registered nursing and the radiography programs from CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital to Hudson County Community College, and the development of an affiliated 2-year/4-year associate/baccalaureate nursing degree program with Saint Peter’s University.