Tuesday, June 24, 2008

UNH offers admissions pledge

By Mary E. O’Leary
Register Topics Editor

The University of New Haven will sign an agreement this week guaranteeing academically successful graduates of Gateway Community College admission to the more than 90 bachelor degree programs UNH offers.
Up to this point, UNH guaranteed admission only for specific programs, while this expands it to all Gateway students who have grade point averages of 2.5 to 2.7.
For students with a 2.7 to 2.9 GPA, UNH will also offer academic grants up to $9,000 a year; this increases to $12,000 for students with a 3.0 GPA and over.
Counselors at Gateway and UNH will work with students to make sure they have completed the core curriculum needed to matriculate at the four-year institution, according to the agreement.
Gateway’s Dean of Academic Affairs Mark Kosinski said the agreement "literally doubles the chances for student success" by providing an easy path to complete a four-year degree. Students can attend part-time, full-time or an accelerated basis with full third-year junior status.
"Education is really about partnerships that build pathways for students’ success," said Gateway President Dorsey Kendrick.
Students at the 12 community colleges in the state are also guaranteed admission to the liberal arts program at the University of Connecticut if they declare before they complete 16 credits and have a 3.0 GPA.
Students with a 2.0 average can transfer to the state universities with a minimum of 60 credits, as long as the transfer takes place within two years of completing an associate degree.
Mary E. O’Leary can be reached at 789-5731 or moleary@nhregister.com.

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