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DATE: May 13, 2005

UM-Dearborn partners with Macomb Community College to make transfers easier for early childhood education students

DEARBORN---A new articulation agreement between the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Macomb Community College will allow Macomb students who earn an associate degree in early childhood education to transfer credits toward a bachelor's degree at UM-Dearborn.

"Both UM-Dearborn and Macomb Community College have a real commitment to our students," according to Robert L. Simpson, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at UM-Dearborn. "I am excited about this particular program. Early childhood education is right at the top of the heap around the state and the nation. We really hope to grow our program by working with our colleagues in the community colleges to help students continue their studies."

The agreement allows Macomb students who earn an associate of applied science degree in early childhood studies to transfer up to a maximum of 62 credits toward the bachelor of general studies degree, with a focus in children and families, at UM-Dearborn. Total hours needed to graduate at UM-Dearborn is 120.

"This is a great model for us," according to Donald N. Ritzenhein, vice provost for arts and sciences at Macomb. "We are anxious to look at partnering with other programs as this is very important for our occupational students."

Macomb Community College is one of the nation's leading community colleges, serving more than 30,000 students and reaching more than 350,000 persons each year through cultural and community service programs. The college's comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor's degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, and community education and enrichment opportunities.

(Seated, from left) Charlene McPeak, dean of Health and Human Services at Macomb; Donald Ritzenhein, vice provost of Arts and Sciences at Macomb; Robert L. Simpson, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at UM-Dearborn and John Poster, dean of the School of Education; and (standing) William Headley, Macomb's director of Articulation and Transfer; Eva Corey, supervisor of Articulation and Transfer at Macomb; Mary Trepanier-Street, professor of early childhood education and director of the campus's Child Development Center, and Stanley Henderson, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life at UM-Dearborn.



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