Both institutions praised the agreement that will create new student opportunities
Kristine A. Brown

The agreement was signed Dec. 4 at MCCC.

Rider University and Mercer County Community College have signed an agreement to enhance opportunities for students pursuing a degree in global studies. The Guaranteed Transfer Agreement between MCCC’s associate’s degree with a global studies concentration and Rider’s Bachelor of Arts degree in global studies was signed today on the MCCC campus.

"We are living in a global economy, and it is increasingly important for students to have an understanding of how international economies and cultures interact," says Dr. Donald Generals, vice president of Academic Affairs at MCCC. "This agreement with Rider University will create new international opportunities for Mercer and Rider students, and strengthens a partnership between two organizations dedicated to student development and success."

DonnaJean Fredeen, Rider’s provost and vice president, added, “We are very proud to continue our longstanding relationship with Mercer County Community College. Agreements like this are beneficial for both institutions, but most importantly, for the students who gain improved opportunities to excel in higher education.”

The agreement grants full junior-class admission to Rider for MCCC students who have declared their participation in the program before accruing 30 credit hours at MCCC, have taken and completed all courses in the prescribed program curriculum, have earned their associate degree in liberal arts with a concentration in global studies and have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Rider will waive application fees.

Rider’s global studies major offers students the freedom to create their own course of study, combining courses from education to political science, from communications to foreign languages, all based upon a student’s personal and professional interests. There are opportunities for study abroad in a variety of countries, along with international and domestic internship possibilities.

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