Tuesday, January 26, 2021

CASC Launches Cooperative Education Plan with NSU

Carl Albert State College has announced the launch of a new cooperative planning program for all CASC education majors planning to complete their degree at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, OK. The “NSU-CASC Education 2+2 Smart Choice Agreement” program is intended to provide a map for all CASC students to tailor their class schedule around the final NSU degree requirements. CASC is proud to have a premier education program offered to students; the Associate of Arts in Pre-Elementary Education at CASC sets students up to complete their education degree. 

In addition, CASC boasts a very active chapter of the Oklahoma Aspiring Educations Association, with the goal of providing an enriching experience for all future educators at CASC. The Smart Choice agreements are applicable to the Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education degree programs at NSU. “We should all celebrate what this will do to help our current and future students who are pursuing a degree in education,” said Bill Nowlin, CASC Vice President Enrollment Management. “Thanks go to the College of Education at NSU and our own Susan Hill, whom CASC is blessed to have in our family.”

“Working with Dr. Lisa Bisogno, Associate Dean at NSU’s College of Education, has just been so great. She deserves a great deal of credit,” said Susan Hill, CASC instructor and coordinator of the project. “With this degree plan, nearly all of the courses from NSU can be completed online or as synchronous courses from the student's home. Most courses will be synchronous or virtual. It’s a win-win for the student!”

Under the Smart Choice Agreement, students should be able to complete their bachelor's degree in four years. Those taking concurrent classes or summer classes could actually complete the degree even more quickly. “Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Hill and our NSU partners our institutions are able to continue to grow stronger, more efficient opportunities for students to succeed,” said Dr. Marc Willis, CASC Vice President Academic Affairs. “Truly, this is a wonderful opportunity for students throughout Eastern Oklahoma.”

Carl Albert State College has been named the best community college in Oklahoma with over 28 degree programs. Northeastern State University’s early childhood education degree has been ranked No. 27 out of 85 by Discover Early Childhood EDU as the most affordable bachelor’s degree.

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