Walsh and Washtenaw Community College Sign Articulation and Reverse Transfer Agreement

TROY, Mich., Aug. 6, 2019 — Walsh and Washtenaw Community College (WCC) have signed an additional articulation agreement solidifying both institutions’ longstanding commitment to provide a clear and accessible pathway to higher education. The agreement offers more flexibility because it applies to any student meeting the minimum requirements for a bachelor of accountancy, bachelor of business administration, or bachelor of science in information technology degree at Walsh, rather than requiring specific degree to degree transfers. The agreement is effective until March 2022 and subject to review for continuation at that time.

Under the agreement, students may continue to transfer up to 82 semester credits, which has been the case at Walsh for many years. Students also have the ability to concurrently enroll in both schools and transfer credits from Walsh back to WCC to earn their associate degree while pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Financial aid eligible students who are enrolled at both schools in the same semester should contact Walsh to inquire about setting up an individual consortium agreement. Additionally, all community college students who transfer with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher are eligible to receive the Community College Excellence Award Scholarship from Walsh.

“This articulation agreement continues our longstanding partnership with Washtenaw Community College and demonstrates our mutual commitment to providing options for students to obtain high quality education and pathways to career success,” said Marsha Kelliher, President and CEO, Walsh.

“We are excited to continue our relationship with Walsh through this comprehensive agreement that covers our accounting, business and information technology programs as well as a reverse transfer option for students who transfer prior to completing an associate degree,” said Dr. Kimberly Hurns, Vice President of Instruction, WCC. “This agreement allows students to save more money by completing 82 hours at Washtenaw and then transferring to an excellent institution that combines theory with real-world application. The synergy between the approaches to learning of both WCC and Walsh make this a great path for many of our students.”

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

For more information about Washtenaw Community College, visit www.wccnet.edu/for/future-students

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Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

About Washtenaw Community College
Washtenaw Community College (WCC) has made education accessible and affordable for the local community for more than 50 years. Located in Ann Arbor, MI, the College offers over 120 degrees and certificates, an open door admission policy and affordable tuition rates. WCC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

‘Yes’ Vote on Connected Transit System Essential to Region’s Future

A Roadmap for Economic Resilience

By Sandy K. Baruah

Transit. This seven-letter word has been on the hearts and minds of Michiganders for over a decade. To some it represents economic opportunity, while to others it is a lifeline to family, hospitals, and other essential services.

Over 100 years ago, business leaders from this region identified transportation and the ability to move individuals and products safely and efficiently as one of the primary challenges facing the region. A century later we are still dealing with this fundamental issue. Transit in the Detroit region has fared poorly compared to other metropolitan regions across the country, with studies placing the region near the bottom.

From the perspective of the business community in our region, lack of a safe, reliable connected transit system linking Southeast Michigan’s four counties (Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw) is a missed opportunity. According to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, 92 percent of the region’s jobs are not reachable within 60 minutes using our current transit options. That is simply unacceptable.

I have lived with coordinated public transit most of my life. In my former hometowns of Portland and Washington, D.C., I have seen firsthand the economic impact that transit can have on cities and surrounding suburban communities. If we desire to be a world-class city and region, coordinated public transit is an absolute necessity.

The Chamber applauds the hard work and dedication of our elected leaders, who, along with the RTA Board of Directors, came together on an agreement that benefits all residents in the region. This compromise is an extension of the type of collaborative leadership that has become the hallmark of our elected leaders. Gone are the days of divisiveness and “go it alone” mentality, replaced by strong leaders who do not shy away from tough decisions while working collaboratively to erase the “dotted lines” on the map.

Now it is our turn as voters. Metro Detroiters face an unprecedented opportunity to chart a new path forward for our region’s long-term economic prosperity by voting “yes” on transit in November.

The proposal voters will be asked to approve is the very definition of “bang for the buck” and offers a path forward we desperately need. The benefits will be felt throughout the entire region. For the first time, we will have connected communities that allow residents to navigate via public transit, regardless of political boundaries, and job-hunters will be able to answer “yes” when a job application asks whether they have reliable transportation.

Not only is it the right thing to do for our businesses, it is the human thing to do for our residents. A properly funded transit system will also provide seniors and people with disabilities with increased independence and better access to employment, health care and family.

Finally, Detroit and our other cities will be able to compete on equal footing in the battle for talent — a critical need for employers starving for qualified employees to close the gap. It is not enough to simply say, “come check us out.” In study after study, millennials put regional transit at the top of their wish list when considering their career. If we truly want to be a contender for the next generation of talent, we must have the infrastructure in place that attracts and retains our young people and can safely and reliably get them from their home to their job and to our world-class colleges and universities.

By voting yes for robust transit to connect Southeast Michigan, we will be able to grow and compete with other regions, build for the future and ensure a better collective quality of life for all.