Posted Online: June 04, 2012, 6:40 pm

Dual admissions agreement gives new perks to BHC, EICC students

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By Kelly Steiner, ksteiner@qconline.com

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St. Ambrose University President Joan Lescinski, CSJ speaks to visitors about the new agreement between St. Ambrose University, Black Hawk College, and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges for students planning to transfer to St. Ambrose. Ms. Lescinski is excited about the new program and hopes it will make the transition easier for transfer students.
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Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Chancellor Donald Doucette (left), Black Hawk College President Thomas Baynum (middle), and St. Ambrose University President Joan Lescinski, CSJ (right) sign the new Dual Admission Agreement Program, which allows students attending these community colleges and transferring to St. Ambrose to get extra preparation while at the community college.
Quad-Cities area community college students have new options when transferring to St. Ambrose University.

Officials from St. Ambrose, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) and Black Hawk College (BHC) on Monday signed an agreement creating a Dual Admission Agreement Program (DUAPP) that gives students special perks at St. Ambrose even as they attend BHC and EICC.

Students planning to transfer to SAU will have access to athletic facilities, fine arts and sporting events, and advisors at SAU before transferring. They also will have access to co-curricular opportunities in their majors before transferring. In addition, students planning to transfer are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.

"In the past ten years, 2,500 students have transferred to St. Ambrose University," said Sister Joan Lescinski, president of SAU. She said about 85 percent of the transfer students have been from BHC or EICC.

Students want coursework to transfer "smoothly and efficiently," said Sister Lescinski. She hopes to "create a clear path" for students, making the transition between schools easy in every way. Her hope is that "by the time they (students) actually come to us, this already feels like a second home."

Sister Lescinski said she feels the collaboration will enhance the college experience for transfer students.

Black Hawk President Thomas Baynum said the agreement will change things for students, staff, and faculty at his school. "What this will maybe help students do is have a clear path to a dream they may have. They can see the connectedness, they can see the pathway," he said.

"This is a wonderful agreement," says Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Chancellor Donald Doucette. said . His goal is to help people in the community increase their likelihood of succeeding. "Our first priority is to increase the number of citizens in our district who hold degrees. Completing college makes the biggest difference in their lives," he said.

"The students already coming will experience an even more seamless transfer," said Sister Lescinski. The agreement will be beneficial for all and will bring more people to SAU, she said.

She said students pursuing a bachelor's degree should be less fearful of the transition to St. Ambrose from a junior college . "This program will help you have the confidence," she said.