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Stockton, Brookdale form transfer partnership

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Brookdale Community College President David Stout and Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman sign the Transfer Pathways agreement at Brookdale Community College.
Brookdale Community College President David Stout and Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman sign the Transfer Pathways agreement at Brookdale Community College. - ()

Stockton University and Brookdale Community College have formed a partnership to help students make a transition from the two-year college to Stockton’s four-year bachelor’s degree programs.

The Transfer Pathways program strengthens the relationship between Stockton and Brookdale by offering multiple opportunities for students to pursue associate and bachelor’s degrees at the two institutions.

The agreement allows students who do not meet all of the Stockton admissions criteria to receive conditional dual admission in partnership with Brookdale.

Students who complete their associate degree at Brookdale can automatically transfer to Stockton as a junior to complete their bachelor’s degree. Application fees to Stockton will be waived for eligible students.

Students who complete at least 45 credits at Brookdale, and a total of 64 credits between the county college and the four-year institution, are eligible to receive a retroactive associate degree from Brookdale.

Stockton and Brookdale will develop specific program-to-program articulation agreements for high-demand majors to facilitate the quality and ease of transfer. Students will receive joint advising from Stockton and Brookdale and a Stockton advisor will have office space and a regular schedule at Brookdale.

Students will also be eligible for financial aid from whichever institution they are attending. Stockton will provide five one-year scholarships of $2,000 per year to Brookdale graduates whose admission to Stockton is covered by the agreement.

The transfer agreement news comes after the Middle States Commission on Higher Education warned Brookdale Community College that it is at risk of losing accreditation. The commission wrote a letter to Brookdale warning the institution that “its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standards II (Ethics and Integrity), and Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment).”

The institution remains accredited while on warning.

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David Hutter

David Hutter


David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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