Wednesday, April 10, 2013
In the interest of providing Mercer County students with improved opportunities to excel in higher education, Rider University and Mercer County Community College (MCCC) have agreed to create a dual-admission agreement between MCCC’s Business Administration Program and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Global Supply Chain Management at Rider. The presidents of both institutions, as well as business deans, formally signed the agreement on Wednesday, April 10, on the MCCC campus in West Windsor.
“I am thrilled to be entering into this dual admissions agreement with Mercer County Community College,” said Dr. Steven Lorenzet, dean of Rider’s College of Business Administration. “It further strengthens the great relationship between Mercer and Rider and more importantly, provides a great learning experience for the students who will be part of the program.”
That student-centered reaction was echoed by Winston Maddox, dean of Business & Technology at MCCC.
“This enhances the opportunities for our students to easily transfer to Rider, and provides them greater access to viable career opportunities,” Maddox said. “This is a solid foundation for our two institutions. It’s just excellent.”
The agreement grants admission to Rider for students who have declared their participation in the program before accruing 30 credit hours at MCCC, followed the prescribed program curriculum, taken and completed all courses and earned degrees at MCCC, earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and applied for transfer admission by the normal Rider transfer application deadline.
Rider will guarantee transfer admission, waive application fees, accept all credits that count toward the associate degree and with equivalency at Rider, and grant full junior-class status to all graduates in good standing of the associate degree in Business Administration with a Supply Chain concentration from MCCC.
At the signing, the presidents of both institutions expressed their enthusiasm for the joint program.
“We’ve had a longstanding relationship with what we think is the best community college around,” said Rider President Mordechai Rozanski, who also spoke to the value of the joint program to students.
“With this program, we are recognizing the affordability and the quality of instruction available to our students,” he said.
MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue reflected that esteem back toward Rider, which she says has always been a preferred destination for MCCC graduates.
“Rider means a great deal to our students, and we know a lot of them are already headed there,” she said, adding that the agreement is likely to boost those numbers.
Rider’s Global Supply Chain Management major offers students an innovative academic and co-op program that prepares them for future challenges and success as professionals in the fast-growing field of supply chain management. The program is an interdisciplinary effort jointly taught by experts from several University departments: Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain, Marketing, and International Business, with additional support from faculty with expertise in Management Science.
In addition to academics, the program sponsors industry speakers, symposiums for supply chain practitioners, and additional activities to enhance the numerous relationships between Rider and supply chain professionals in both private industry and the nonprofit sector.