College Receives 2012 ICCCA Innovation Award

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By Brian Kleemann

College of DuPage has received the 2012 Illinois Council of Community College Administrators (ICCCA) Innovation Award for its new 3+1 Baccalaureate Completion program, one of only two projects selected to earn this prestigious recognition.

The innovative 3+1 program allows students to complete their bachelor’s degree at College of DuPage at a significantly reduced tuition rate. COD courses are taught for the first three years, with partner university faculty teaching the fourth year at COD’s campus. Students receive their associate’s degree from COD and their bachelor’s degree from the partnering university.

In addition, students are able to obtain an affordable four-year degree for less than $34,000 without sacrificing academic quality.

“Our 3+1 program is a new way of partnering with prestigious area colleges and universities to offer our students a chance to earn their bachelor’s degrees without leaving campus and facing a lifetime of debt,” said College of DuPage President Robert L. Breuder.

College of DuPage first partnered with Lewis University for a 3+1 program in Criminal/Social Justice in 2011. Currently, 55 students are taking Lewis classes at COD, with 13 students anticipating graduation in May 2013.

In addition to Lewis University, College of DuPage has created 3+1 programs with Benedictine University, Concordia University, Governor’s State University and Roosevelt University in a number of areas, including Management, Computer Science, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Nursing. You can find the full list of programs at www.cod.edu/3plus1.

For more information, contact Admissions Representative Jose Alferez at (630) 942-3146 or email 3plus1@cod.edu.