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DATE: November 19, 2004
Environmental studies students will benefit from agreement
between HFCC and UM-Dearborn
DEARBORN---Students who complete an associate's degree in environmental
studies at Henry Ford Community College will be able to transfer seamlessly
into the bachelor's degree program in environmental
studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, thanks to an agreement
signed by the two schools earlier this month.
The agreement "will give students at both of our institutions the
opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary atmosphere to study and solve
environmental problems at the local, regional, national and international
levels," according to Edward Chielens, vice president and dean of
academic education at HFCC.
"This partnership is another example of the strong relationship
and shared missions of our schools, and of our commitment to provide the
best possible educational opportunities to our students," Chielens
Under the terms of the agreement, HFCC students will be able to transfer
up to 62 credits, including some specialty courses as well as general
education and core curriculum credits, toward the 120 needed to complete
a bachelor's degree at UM-Dearborn.
HFCC currently offers a two-year associate's degree program in pre-environmental
studies. The pre-environmental studies program at HFCC focuses on the
interdisciplinary nature of environmental problem solving, according to
Judy Kelly, director of the program at HFCC. "Many of my students
are very interested in transferring to UM-Dearborn, and this articulation
agreement really streamlines the process," she said.
HFCC graduates will get equal consideration with other transfer applicants
to UM-Dearborn's program. If the university's enrollment results in space
limitations, some spaces will be reserved for HFCC students planning entry
into the program.
Environmental studies have long been a major academic focus at UM-Dearborn,
and more than a third of the campus is dedicated to a natural area supporting
research and educational programs. Environmental studies graduates find
careers in natural resources management, education, public policy and
"Faculty and students in environmental studies at HFCC have worked
closely with the University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty over the years,
and they have taken advantage of the natural areas that form part of the
border between our campuses," according to UM-Dearborn Provost Robert
L. Simpson. "So this agreement is a way of formalizing the links
that have been created over many years between our schools."