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Elmhurst and COD Sign MOU, Guaranteed Admission, Reverse Transfer and Dual Enrollment Agreements

Elmhurst signing

By Brian Kleemann

Elmhurst College and College of DuPage recently signed agreements that will provide guaranteed admission for qualifying COD students to Elmhurst, help COD students who have already transferred receive their associate’s degree, and create a dual enrollment program that allows COD students to declare their intent to transfer to Elmhurst.

The two institutions also signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines such collaborations as joint recruitment, 2+2 program-to-program articulation and academic remediation. Click here for photos from the signing ceremony.

“We are building on a 21st century model that brings institutions together to provide students with exceptional opportunities for success,” said Dr. Ann Rondeau, President of College of DuPage (above right). “I believe that these extraordinary agreements will benefit students at both College of DuPage and Elmhurst College.”

“We must work together to find pathways that will make transitions smoother for our students, and what we’ve produced is an in-depth partnership that demonstrates what two institutions can do together,” said Dr. Troy VanAken, President of Elmhurst College (above left). “The key now is for us to work with students so they can take advantage of what we have created.”

The Guaranteed Admission agreement facilitates the process for College of DuPage students transferring to Elmhurst to complete their bachelor’s degrees. COD students must meet all agreement requirements that include maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, completing an associate’s degree with 64 hours of transferrable credit that will lead to junior status at Elmhurst, and participating in a special program while at COD that provides contact with Elmhurst counselors. College of DuPage Honors students who achieve a transferrable GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale also will have guaranteed admission into the Honors Program at Elmhurst.

The Reverse Transfer agreement applies to College of DuPage students who have completed at least 20 credits and transferred to Elmhurst before earning an associate’s degree. The initiative will help these students complete their associate’s degrees at COD while continuing their study at Elmhurst.

The Dual Enrollment agreement gives College of DuPage students the option of completing a Participation Form prior to enrollment at COD that declares their intent to transfer to Elmhurst College.

The MOU outlines areas where the two schools will work together. This includes an Academic Remediation program where Elmhurst College students who are on “academic probation” will have an opportunity to remediate at College of DuPage. Elmhurst students will have access to academic and student services at COD and can transfer credits back to Elmhurst, which will re-admit students who successfully complete requirements for re-instatement of academic status.

The Guaranteed Admission, Reverse Transfer and Dual Enrollment agreements, along with the Memorandum of Understanding, continue the strong relationship between College of DuPage and Elmhurst College. In 2015, the two institutions launched their first 2+2 program, establishing an articulation agreement that helps COD philosophy students transfer seamlessly to Elmhurst. During the past six months, Elmhurst and COD launched several 2+2 programs for students who plan to major in political science, nursing, Spanish, French, German or English with secondary education licensure. These programs allow students to earn an associate degree at COD and a bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst in just four years.

For more information about these initiatives, please contact COD Associate Vice President Dr. Emmanuel Awuah at (630) 942-2652, awuahe@cod.edu, or the Elmhurst Office of Admission, (630) 617-3400, admit@elmhurst.edu.

College of DuPage is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Serving approximately 28,000 students each term, College of DuPage is the largest public community college in the state of Illinois. The College grants nine associate degrees and offers more than 170 career and technical certificates in over 50 areas of study.

Elmhurst College is a leading four-year college that seamlessly blends liberal learning and professional preparation to help students reach their full potential. Elmhurst offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, 17 graduate programs, degree-completion programs for adults and the Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy for young adults with developmental disabilities.

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