Dr. William Ruud, President of Shippensburg University and Dr. Edna Baehre, President of HACC Students will arrange complete honors course study at both institutions, earn honors designation on transcripts
May 15, 2009
HARRISBURG –  Transferring credits from one college to another just got easier for HACC students taking honors level courses.
An agreement signed today between HACC and Shippensburg University will help students in HACC’s Honors Program to take advantage of honors courses available at Shippensburg University when they transfer.
“It’s become apparent that these kinds of associations are very important to the success of the region’s students,” said Edna V. Baehre, Ph.D., president of HACC. “The more we can coordinate our efforts, the more transfer options we can offer to honors students.”
According to Shippensburg President Bill Ruud, “We live in an ever-changing world, but one aspect that never changes is the importance of education in everyone’s life. Ship and HACC have a long history of collaboration and today’s agreement is another link in efforts by both institutions to provide quality education for outstanding students in Central Pennsylvania.”
Some of the criteria for the agreement include:
  • HACC students have at least a 3.25 grade point average to be considered for admission to the Shippensburg University Honors Program.
  • All honors courses at HACC will be transferable to Shippensburg University.
  • HACC students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in an honors course at HACC.
  • 12 honors credits must be earned at Shippensburg University to earn one of the university’s Honor’s Program designations on a transcript.
  • HACC honors students who transfer to Shippensburg University and are admitted to the Honors Program will have the same scheduling, financial aid and student services considerations as other Shippensburg University honors students.
HACC students who have already taken honors courses and plan to transfer to Shippensburg University can apply for the Honors Program at Shippensburg. Interested students should go on the Shippensburg Web site to download the Honors Program application form.
For more information, contact HACC’s Honors Program director, Yvonne Milspaw, Ph.D., at 780-2555 or e-mail, yjmilspa@hacc.edu or Kim Klein, Ph.D., Shippensburg’s Honors Program director, at 477-1604 or by e-mail at kmklei@ship.edu.
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, was established in 1964 as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s first community college. Since then, HACC has grown to include more than 20,000 credit students in an eight-county area at campuses in Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York.
Students who choose to study in any of HACC’s Liberal Arts programs receive instruction from a highly qualified and engaged faculty who provide creative, top-notch instruction and diversity of ideas and opinions to develop well-rounded, academically outstanding students prepared to successfully continue their education beyond HACC.
Honors students benefit from small classes in an intense, yet supportive atmosphere, student-centered discussions and independent research, and a chance to work with innovative professors whose educational credentials and aggressive pursuit of additional knowledge provide an exciting atmosphere for interdisciplinary learning. HACC has established the Scholars Honors Program in partnership with participating four-year institutions to provide further educational opportunities to HACC graduates who achieve a minimum 3.25 grade point average and complete all the requirements of the program.
Successful Scholars Honors graduates will be able to take advantage of HACC’s more affordable tuition and fees the first two years of their college experience at a time when families are faced with growing economic challenges. HACC Honors graduates qualify for additional scholarships at transfer schools. HACC already partners with many of the region’s four-year institutions with dual admissions agreements and articulation agreements that allow students to seamlessly transition from HACC to the four-year institution.
HACC is home to Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the national honor society serving two-year colleges. HACC’s Alpha Nu Omega chapter of PTK is a national award-winning organization that recognizes and encourages scholarship and provides opportunities for leadership in an intellectual climate.
HACC was the first community college to establish a Kappa Beta Delta Chapter, National Honors Society established by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs through the Federation of Business Honor Societies.
In 2000 HACC established a chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, National Mathematics Honors Society.
For more information, go to www.hacc.edu.
Shippensburg University, founded in 1871 as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School, is one of the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
The university offers 75 undergraduate programs are offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services, and the John L. Grove College of Business. It also offers eight pre-professional programs, including pre-vet and pre-med, in addition to seven affiliate programs whereby students can earn combined undergraduate and graduate degrees through accelerated programs. Seventeen programs are offered by the School of Graduate Studies and three post-master's programs.
Shippensburg has approximately 6,600 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students with students coming from 15 nations and 20 states with most students from Pennsylvania. The student-faculty ratio is 19 to 1, allowing for a personalized education.
The university is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, AACSB International, ABET, Inc., American Chemical Society, Council on Social Work Education, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, International Association of Counseling Services, National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers, and Council for Exceptional Children.
For more information, go to www.ship.edu.
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