SWIC working to ensure seamless university transfer

4/6/2017 4:23:08 PM

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With more than 70 new 2+2 agreements with public and private institutions, Southwestern Illinois College is striving to make the transfer process seamless for university-bound students.

The articulation agreements establish a set of SWIC courses/credits that will be accepted by specific colleges and universities for designated majors.

“These agreements allow students to enter their major program with required courses in place,” said SWIC Transfer Coordinator Amanda Starkey. “It prevents them from taking courses that meet our associate degree requirements but cannot be used for the major they select.”

Universities working with SWIC on this initiative include Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, McKendree University and the University of Illinois, among many others.

The 2+2 agreements list coursework to be successfully completed during the two years at SWIC to guarantee entry at the junior level upon transfer, as well as the courses that must be completed at the four-year university.

More than half of the articulation agreements are with SIUE including bachelor’s programs in art, criminal justice, ecology, engineering and mathematics. Other examples include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and nine Bachelor of Arts programs at McKendree University; Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Practice Management with Maryville University; and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.   

SWIC also has numerous dual enrollment agreements with Illinois and Missouri universities, and participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative, a statewide agreement that helps to expedite the transfer of students’ general education core courses from SWIC to participating colleges and universities. The college has been a member of IAI since 1998.

For more information about 2+2 Articulation Agreements, speak to a SWIC academic advisor at 618-235-2700, ext. 5186, or visit swic.edu/transfer.