CSU Global Speaks at the 95th American Association of Community Colleges Conference

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The online state university and its community college partners showcased their unique partnership, CO-PALS, which has successfully enabled more students to turn their associate’s into a bachelor’s degree.

San Antonio, Texas – Colorado State University Global (CSUGlobal.edu) is proud to have had the opportunity to present at the American Association of Community Colleges Conference on April 19, 2015 with partners from Colorado community colleges. The presentation focused on the institutions’ CO-PALS (Colorado Policy, Analytics, and Learning at Scale) project designed to enable students who earn associate’s degrees in traditionally non- academic fields to use those credits toward their bachelor’s degrees.

“For many community college students, particularly those with an associate of applied science degree, getting a bachelor’s usually means losing some of the credits they’ve previously earned,” says CSU Global Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Jon Bellum. “Through this partnership, we are able to assist these students in transferring seamlessly into CSU Global, accepting the majority of their credits and making it easier for them to continue their education and finish their bachelor’s faster and for less.”

The CO-PALS project assists Colorado community college students to transition into a bachelor’s degree program by creating a comprehensive student support system at both schools. The presentation at AACC focused on results among at-risk, low income, first generation, and minority students and how other institutions might collaborate through similar partnerships in order to utilize this model. CSU Global has also established a number of specific program-to- program articulations with each of the Colorado community colleges and its other affiliate two- year colleges around the U.S.

“This partnership is a model we believe can benefit students, community colleges, and universities across the country,” continued Dr. Bellum. “We have seen an increase in students with applied associate degrees who normally wouldn’t pursue more education. The long-term earning potential for those students not only increases but also has a positive economic impact on the community.”

For more information about CSU Global’s community college affiliations around the country, click here. Prospective students interested in transferring credits into one of CSU Global’s online bachelor’s degree programs should visit CSUGlobal.edu or call an Enrollment Counselor at 1-800-462-7845 to learn more.

About Colorado State University Global

Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) was created by the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2007 as the first 100 percent online state university in the United States. CSU Global is focused on facilitating adult success in a global marketplace through career-relevant education including bachelor’s degree completion and master’s degree programs. Embracing the land grant heritage as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty trained in working with adults in an online learning environment, and through its dedication to student retention, graduation and workplace success. Visit CSUGlobal.edu or call 1-800-462-7845 for more information.

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