Dec. 4, 2013
GALESBURG— Carl Sandburg College and Monmouth College have announced a joint admissions agreement designed to facilitate a seamless transfer for Sandburg students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree at Monmouth.
Titled the Pipeline Program, the agreement was signed by the presidents of both institutions at a news conference Wednesday at Sandburg.
"We believe this partnership will provide valuable new options and benefits to students in western Illinois, while also encouraging them to aspire beyond their associate degree,” said Sandburg President Dr. Lori Sundberg. “It will give them a clear path for completing their baccalaureate degree at an outstanding college.”
Benefits to Sandburg students enrolled in the Pipeline Program include:
· Assignment of a Monmouth College adviser to ensure efficient transfer;
· Preparation of a personal academic plan with a faculty adviser;
· Associate degree will satisfy most Monmouth College general education requirements;
· Access to many Monmouth College facilities and activities; and
· Use of a private lounge for students who are commuting
Pipeline participants who enroll at Monmouth will receive significant financial assistance. In addition to state and federal aid, they may be awarded grants and scholarships for tuition, room and board totaling $10,000 to $31,000. Exceptionally talented students may receive up to a full-tuition scholarship. Unlike many four-year colleges, Monmouth provides financial aid packages to transfer students that are on a par with those provided to first-year entering students.
In the past five years, more than 80 students have successfully transferred from Sandburg to Monmouth College.
“We believe the natural resources of the Midwest region hold great promise for the future of our planet and one of the most important of those resources is our young people,” said Monmouth College President Mauri Ditzler. “We are delighted to partner with Carl Sandburg College in an initiative that will encourage and enable more students from this region to attain their bachelor’s degree, which will in turn make them more employable and contribute to the vibrancy of our economy.”
Ditzler added that transfer students tend to be mature, serious learners. “We have seen that after graduating from Monmouth many will pursue graduate studies and become an even greater asset to our region,” he said.
In order to qualify for the Pipeline Program, students must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. While they are encouraged to enroll in the program prior to entering Sandburg, they can apply at any time.
Carl Sandburg College President Dr. Lori Sundberg and Monmouth College President Dr. Mauri Ditzler sign a joint admissions agreement Wednesday morning at Carl Sandburg College. Titled the Pipeline Program, the agreement is designed to facilitate a seamless transfer for Sandburg students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree at Monmouth.