Clark State strikes new deal to save money for students

Clark State Community College and Antioch University Midwest have signed a new transfer agreement that will allow students to save money while earning a bachelor’s degree.

The deal enables students to complete their associate’s degree plus additional course work at Clark State — typically in about three years — then seamlessly transfer to Antioch to complete their bachelor’s degree in one year.

A major benefit is the amount of money students could potentially save, Clark State Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Amit B. Singh said.

Traditional transfer programs — where students complete two years at a community college and two years at a university — can cost an additional $11,630 compared to the 3-plus-1 model.

“They will have this opportunity in their own backyard to finish a degree at a much more reasonable cost in a reasonable amount of time,” Singh said.

Students can begin taking advantage of the program this fall.

Antioch University Midwest Provost Marian Glancy praised the hard work done by both colleges over the past nine months to make the agreement a reality for students.

“Anything that increases access and affordability to higher education is a matter of social justice,” Glancy said. “We at Antioch University Midwest have an ethical and moral responsibility to meet the needs of individuals who inspire to achieve higher education.”

Singh’s excited for what the agreement means for students.

“This is a very comprehensive 3-plus-1 agreement,” he said. “Almost all of our programs people are pursuing here can be transferred to Antioch.”

Students now have the ability to pursue seven different baccalaureate degrees at Antioch through 13 separate associate programs at Clark State.

Students take 90 credits at the Clark State and then finish the remaining 30 credits at Antioch. Clark State has set up similar partnerships in the past, Singh said, but nothing this comprehensive in terms of the amount of programs offered.

The programs also are flexible and designed for working students, he said. Many of the program courses at Antioch are during the evening or on the weekend.

“They can finish programs while still working at their jobs,” Singh said.

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