How can colleges open more doors and save more money?
Get creative, be collaborative.
All colleges face the challenges of making higher education more accessible and more affordable.
Rowan is meeting those challenges head on.
The University has formed important partnerships and offers several innovative alternate paths to open the doors to more students to obtain a four-year undergraduate degree and help them do so at a lower cost.
Among Rowan’s primary partnerships are those with the former Gloucester County College and Burlington County College, now Rowan College at Gloucester County and Rowan College at Burlington County. While all of the schools remain autonomous, they work more closely to ensure students can pursue a four-year degree. They do that in part by offering conditional dual enrollment that enables county college students who meet program criteria to seamlessly transfer to the University in Glassboro to complete their bachelor’s degree or, depending on their major, stay at the county schools and earn a four-year degree there.
Rowan also offers 3+1 degree programs in conjunction with the Gloucester County and Burlington County schools. Students earn their associate degree at a county college; take their third-year, University-approved courses taught by University-approved faculty at the county college at county college prices; and spend their fourth year at the University taught by University faculty. The programs offer tuition discounts and automatic, conditional acceptance to Rowan into select programs, such as nursing, law and justice, and education. Students receive the same high-quality education they would if they spent all four years on the University campus. And they pay roughly one half the average $48,000 of a Rowan University bachelor’s degree.
There’s also Rowan Choice, in which Rowan College at Gloucester County freshmen select a one-year option to live on the University campus while attending RCGC classes held in Glassboro at RCGC costs. Students who meet program requirements transfer to the University for their sophomore year.
All of these programs are good for the students. They are good for South Jersey, too. The region with approximately one four-year seat for every 100 residents (compared to one for 30 in North Jersey) gains more seats. Students gain increased opportunities to earn a four-year degree at a reasonable cost. And South Jersey gains more college graduates, which in turn improves the job market and the overall economy.
Dr. Joe Cardona, email@example.com, 856-256-4236.