May 5, 2014
GALESBURG— Carl Sandburg College and Knox College have announced a dual admission program for students who intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Knox upon completing an associate degree at Sandburg.
The agreement was signed by Sandburg President Lori Sundberg and Knox President Teresa Amott at a news conference Monday morning at Sandburg and will go into effect with students applying for enrollment at Knox in the fall of 2015.
“We have a lot of these dual admission partnerships, and the reason we have them is very simple: For our students, we want them to begin with the end in mind,” Sundberg said. “Where someone gets their bachelor’s degree is very much about a fit for that person and where they want to end up. We want to create opportunities for our students where they can have an opportunity right here at Knox College or anywhere else they might have a good fit.”
In the past five years, more than 40 Sandburg graduates have gone on to attend Knox. Eighteen have completed their bachelor’s at Knox in that span, and 15 Sandburg alumni are currently enrolled at Knox.
“This is already a step that has been taken organically between the two schools. It makes perfect sense because we believe the students here at Carl Sandburg College are ambitious and creative and inquisitive, and they are looking for the next step,” Amott said. “For some of those students, we can ease that step and create a smoother, more seamless opportunity for them to transfer to Knox through this dual admission program.
Students who meet the dual admission program’s requirements are offered a guaranteed pathway for admission and enrollment with junior standing, as well as a scholarship, at Knox upon graduating from Sandburg.
Students can apply for the dual admission program as early as their senior year in high school through the beginning of their sophomore year of college (30 semester hours). Students accepted to the program must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
Benefits to Sandburg students enrolled in the dual admission program with Knox include:
· A reserved place in the Knox class, provided the student completes the requirements of the dual admission program
· A transfer student scholarship from Knox of at least $10,000 per academic year. Students with higher levels of academic achievement are eligible for Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships or Sandburg-Lombard Scholarships that are currently valued at $15,000 per academic year.
· Regular meetings with Knox representatives
· Periodic information about Knox via mail, email and its website
· Invitations to participate in campus events and utilize library resources at Knox.
The arrangement is the latest among several dual admission or transfer agreements signed recently by Sandburg with area four-year colleges and universities, including St. Ambrose University, Monmouth College and the University of Illinois Springfield-Peoria Center.
Carl Sandburg College serves more than 3,000 students throughout three locations in west-central Illinois, offers seven university transfer programs, 16 associate in applied science programs, 18 certificate programs, six advanced certificate programs and recently was named as the top community college its size in the country for digital technology. For more information about Carl Sandburg College, visit www.sandburg.edu.
Knox College is a nationally-ranked liberal arts college with 1,400 students from 48 states and 51 countries. Recognized as one of the most diverse and international colleges in America, Knox also is one of just 40 schools selected for the book "Colleges That Change Lives." Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.
For more information, contact Rick Eddy, director of admissions and records at Sandburg, at 309.341.5234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carl Sandburg College President Dr. Lori Sundberg and Knox President Dr. Teresa Amott sign dual admission program agreement forms during a news conference Monday morning at Sandburg.