It's good news for area students seeking a degree in education. Carl Albert State College (CASC) and Northeastern State University (NSU) are making it easier for students to receive education degrees in Oklahoma, and right here in Sallisaw. NSU President Steve Turner, left, and CASC President Garry M. Ivey signed the agreement in Sallisaw Wednesday at CASC Sallisaw.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, students pursuing an associate of arts in pre-elementary education can take classes for a bachelor of science in pre-elementary education or a bachelor of science in education-special education-mild/moderate disorders. This is the first time that a student in NSU's Smart Choice transfer program can pursue a four-year degree, without leaving their two-year school.
NSU President Steve Turner explains, "Oklahoma is experiencing a teacher shortage and NSU and Carl Albert State College are committed to finding innovative ways to increase the number of quality graduates who will ultimately have a profound impact in the classroom. President Ivey is a progressive leader who embraces and understands the opportunities and challenges that students face while completing a degree. This agreement is a natural progression of the strong relationship that our institutions share and I am pleased to be involved with any effort that increases access, affordability, and degree attainment for students."
According to President Ivey, "We are excited to enter into this agreement with NSU. We see this as a wonderful opportunity for students seeking a career in the field of education because they will be able to graduate from CASC and then pursue a four-year degree by taking NSU courses at Poteau, at Sallisaw and online." He continued, "The savings in travel time and/or the expense of relocating to a university will be significant for students in this area. We appreciate President Turner and his team for working with us to accomplish this goal, and we see this as a new chapter in our ongoing effort to make student success our mission."
Carl Albert State College is one of five two-year institutions that have entered into a Smart Choice agreement with NSU to help assure a smooth transition of courses from one program to the other.
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