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Roosevelt, COD partner in new 3+1 agreement

Published: Monday, October 15, 2012

Updated: Monday, October 15, 2012 17:10


Roosevelt University has partnered with College of DuPage—a community college in the Chicago suburbs—creating four new 3+1 agreements in hospitality and tourism management that give students the option to obtain a bachelor’s degree without ever having to leave COD.

Community college students who enroll in the 3+1 program will be taught by COD faculty for the first three years and, in their last year, Roosevelt faculty members will commute to the suburbs to instruct them on COD’s campus.

The courses designed for this program will be taught in COD’s new $25 million Culinary and Hospitality Center and at a reduced tuition rate.

“A really unique feature of this program, our real key to it, is the COD students who participate in this are allowed to transfer more community college credits than usual,” said Gerald Bober, professor and director of hospitality and tourism management at Roosevelt University.

The program consists of 120 credit hours that must be completed to receive the degree. This allows students to take up to 84 transferable credit hours through COD. According to Bober, the fact that COD students have done well at Roosevelt in the past and have a strong relationship with COD faculty were factors in creating this partnership.

“We’ve had a history of students coming from COD, usually really good students, and we’re really well-acquainted with their faculty, and proximity to Roosevelt all played a part...They have a really excellent hospitality and tourism management program. So we thought ‘what a great program with which to articulate,’” Bober said.

Bober said that because the department heads for COD’s hospitality and culinary programs both graduated from Roosevelt’s master’s degree program, they already had a solid relationship.

This is the first 3+1 agreement that Roosevelt has made with another community college. However, there are currently a wide array of traditional 2+2 programs with other junior colleges. 2+2 programs are the standard program for transfer students who complete two years at a community college and two years at a four-year university.

Harper College has over 20 2+2 programs with Roosevelt, ranging from criminal justice to psychology.

However, no other program allows students to stay on the community college campus for the entire four years and still obtain a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution.

The new 3+1 agreement was signed in January, getting approval from the Board of Higher Education on Sept. 25, two days before the classes began.

Despite a tuition discount and the convenience of taking courses at a community college close to home, there are still benefits for Roosevelt students pursuing this degree.

“Well, the students that are on campus are able to participate in a far greater array of courses than what we planned for COD. We’ve planned a specific set of courses that we’re going to deliver there,” said Bober.

Currently eight students are participating in the 3+1 program. However, Bober said that the number is expected to grow in the spring and summer. This will also impact the graduation rates for Roosevelt, with more students enrolling who might not have been able to attend without the 3+1 option.

“There is real synergy in this wonderful partnership as it merges two of the state’s outstanding programs in this field of study,” Roosevelt President Chuck Middleton said in a press release.

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