It should now be easier for students from the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges to transfer and earn degrees in education at Saint Ambrose University. Wednesday the two announced a partnership allowing community college students to take courses at the same time at the university.
Saint Ambrose Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Paul Koch, says their goal is to insure what he calls "access and affordability" for the community college students.
"Oftentimes, especially in the area of education, if a student completes two years at the community college and then transfers to a four-year college - if there aren't key courses that they've already taken, it can be a challenge to complete their degree in four years."
From now on, students majoring in early childhood and elementary education can take these key courses at the university while still attending Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine community colleges, and only pay the community college tuition rate.
Doctor Koch says the two institutions have already begun talking about adding other majors to this new partnership.