Monmouth College president Mauri Ditzler meets with Carl Sandburg College students following the signing at an academic poster session, showcasing their research projects.
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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. Three current transfer students from Sandburg—Christopher Knutson, Elisha French and Mary Anne Shehata, all of Galesburg—spoke at the news conference about the positive experience of continuing their education at Monmouth. Knutson is the first recipient of the Wallace Founders Scholarship, a highly competitive full-tuition scholarship for students transferring to Monmouth.
“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.
Following the signing, Ditzler visited with several Carl Sandburg College students as he toured a poster session describing their recent research projects. “I am a strong proponent of student research,” he told a group of students, “and it is gratifying to see that Sandburg students are actively involved in academic projects such as this. Students in the Pipeline program will be well prepared to continue their education at Monmouth.”
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.
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