JBU, South­ern Arkansas Univer­sity Tech sign ar­tic­u­la­tion agree­ment

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Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from John Brown Univer­sity and South­ern Arkansas Univer­sity Tech (SAU Tech) signed an ar­tic­u­la­tion agree­ment Thurs­day, Sept. 28, to fa­cil­i­tate a seam­less trans­fer of cour­ses from SAU Tech to JBU. The part­ner­ship cre­ates a path­way for stu­dents to earn an as­so­ciate’s de­gree from SAU Tech and then com­plete their bach­e­lor’s de­gree at JBU.

Es­tab­lished out of a mu­tual de­sire to serve stu­dents, the agree­ment al­lows stu­dents to en­ter into JBU’s tra­di­tional un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grams on the main cam­pus in Siloam Springs, or JBU’s On­line Un­der­grad­u­ate Pro­grams.

“The agree­ment is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of the power of pri­vate/pub­lic part­ner­ships that make higher ed­u­ca­tion in the U.S. the envy of the world,” Dr. Ed Eric­son, JBU’s vice pres­i­dent for aca­demic af­fairs, said. “JBU looks for­ward to build­ing on this agree­ment to es­tab­lish a healthy and long-last­ing part­ner­ship to al­low stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther their higher ed­u­ca­tional ca­reers.”

The agree­ment out­lines which SAU Tech cour­ses JBU ac­cepts so that trans­fer stu­dents are not re­quired to re­take cour­ses al­ready achieved. SAU Tech of­fers pro­grams for stu­dents to con­tinue their spe­cial­ized study at JBU in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion, teacher ed­u­ca­tion, or­ga­ni­za­tional lead­er­ship and psy­chol­ogy.

“The cor­ner­stone of this agree­ment is cen­tered around the re­li­gion cour­ses that are now be­ing of­fered at SAU Tech,” Dr. Ja­son Mor­ri­son, Chan­cel­lor of SAU Tech, said. “We be­lieve that the south Arkansas community de­sires re­li­gion-re­lated de­grees with the area’s his­tory of strong re­li­gious es­tab­lish­ments. The agree­ment with JBU will fa­cil­i­tate a new gen­er­a­tion of lead­er­ship in churches and re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions as well as an op­por­tu­nity for those seek­ing ad­di­tional ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties. We are excited about this agree­ment with JBU.”

“This in­te­gral col­lab­o­ra­tion will build new path­ways for stu­dents to

achieve their aca­demic goals and will cre­ate stronger community re­la­tions in south cen­tral Arkansas and the sur­round­ing ar­eas,” Dr. Stacey Duke, JBU’s dean of on­line un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grams and strate­gic ini­tia­tives, said.

Stu­dents must com­plete 45 credit hours in their des­ig­nated pro­gram cour­ses at SAU Tech and ap­ply to JBU with a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be el­i­gi­ble for ad­mis­sion at JBU.

South­ern Arkansas Univer­sity Tech is a two-year pub­lic col­lege that started in 1968 and is part of the South­ern Arkansas Univer­sity Sys­tem. SAU Tech is lo­cated in­side the High­land In­dus­trial Park in East Cam­den and em­ploys over 160 staff and fac­ulty and pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion an­nu­ally to around 1,800 stu­dents.

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Dr. Ed Eric­son, JBU’s vice pres­i­dent for aca­demic af­fairs, signed an ar­tic­u­la­tion agree­ment, which gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tional ca­reers by trans­fer­ring cour­ses from SAU Tech to JBU.

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