NORFOLK, NE – A new articulation agreement between Northeast Community College and Doane University will make for a seamless transition for Northeast graduates to transfer and achieve bachelor’s degrees within four years of beginning their post high school education.
Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president, and Dr. Jacque Carter, president of Doane University, signed a memorandum of understanding Monday on the Northeast campus in Norfolk.
“Doane University is known to be forward thinking with their approaches to ensure that community college students have the opportunity, if they wish, to transfer through a seamless process and to better their lives by being both Northeast graduates and Doane students.”
Dr. Jacque Carter, president of Doane, said, "Doane University welcomes all Northeast students to learn more about our campus locations in Omaha, Grand Island, Lincoln, and Crete and online opportunities that can support students advancing their education."
The agreement applies to new students to Doane University who have completed associate-level degrees from Northeast.
Carter and a team of administrators spent the day last summer at Northeast touring the campus and met with Northeast administration. Following that meeting, each institution began work on creating an agreement that will benefit students completing their first two years of college at Northeast and transitioning to any of Doane's locations for completing a bachelor degree.
Carter said he is proud that Doane University is creating its first “robust partnership” with a community college with Northeast as the two institutions have much in common.
“We both have a commitment to quality and focus on the needs of students as well as being innovative and entrepreneurial. When I first arrived at Doane, I wondered why we were not connected to community colleges because it seems to me they serve as incubators and interesting things are happening there.”
Dr. Paul Savory, provost at Doane, said Northeast Community College supports a range of academic programs that are complementary to what Doane offers at its four campus locations and online.
“An articulation agreement allows us to solidify the terms and conditions in which students can transition from their school to our school to advance their education,” he said.
“The agreement will establish pathways and opportunities for Northeast students to transition to any of Doane University’s four campus locations or online to continue their education and pursue a bachelor degree. As part of this agreement, Doane will make available to Northeast students a range of benefits including a discounted tuition rate, scholarships, and early advising.”
For a Northeast student who transitions to an undergraduate program taught on Doane’s Omaha, Lincoln, or Grand Island campuses or online, the university will provide early advising and orientation programs exclusively for transfer students, and will reduce tuition 15-percent for a Northeast student on a per-credit hour basis for up to two-and-a-half years for a student who remains continuously enrolled while pursuing an undergraduate degree from Doane University.
For a Northeast student who transitions to a bachelor’s degree program on Doane University’s Crete (residential) campus, Doane will provide early advising and orientation programs exclusively for transfer students, will provide an annual $20,000 exclusive Northeast partnership grant to a Northeast student for four semesters, and invites Northeast student-athletes to have conversations with Doane University coaches in the following programs: men’s basketball, soccer and wrestling and women’s basketball, soccer and volleyball programs.
“Doane University will provide a perfect transfer path for many Northeast students,” said John Blaylock, executive vice president at Northeast. “I appreciate Doane’s commitment in providing our students with yet another avenue to continue their pursuit of a four-year degree. With each of us known for traditions of academic rigor and excellence, I believe this collaboration will be a win-win for our students.”
Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin, dean of the college of professional studies (CPS) at Doane, said the agreement benefits all programs and locations at Doane University.
“Thus, a Northeast student has the option of working and taking evening classes at a CPS campus, completing a bachelor degree online, or completing their degree on the Crete campus. This is the first agreement of this type for Doane.”
Chipps said students will be excited and encouraged with such a partnership.
“It will allow (students) to pursue additional higher education opportunities at a quality private institution. As senior leaders, we are responsible to open avenues for students to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Doane University will be a wonderful choice for Northeast transfer students who desire a private, liberal arts, and university experience.”
The articulation agreement will be in effect starting with the fall 2019 term.
Dr. Jacque Carter, president of Doane University, (left) and Dr. Michael Chipps, president of Northeast Community College, sign an articulation agreement on the Northeast campus in Norfolk on Monday. As part of the agreement, Doane will make available to Northeast students a range of benefits including a discounted tuition rate, scholarships, and early advising. “The agreement will establish pathways and opportunities for Northeast students to transition to any of Doane University’s four campus locations or online to continue their education and pursue a bachelor degree, said Dr. Paul Savory, provost at Doane.