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3+1 Agreements With Saint Francis University Yield Student Success & Strengthen Bond

Posted March 6, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has strong ties with local colleges and universities that are second to none. One such partnership that delivers on providing a clear path to student success is the college’s 3+1 articulation agreements with Saint Francis University. These agreements allow Penn Highlands’ students to transfer 98 course credits to a bachelor’s degree program at Saint Francis University. To complete a bachelor’s degree, students must then complete the final 30 credits with Saint Francis University after earning an associate degree.

A unique aspect of our partnership with Saint Francis University is that it contains a consortium agreement. This allows Penn Highlands and Saint Francis to work together to ensure financial aid can be used, for qualifying students, to cover the costs associated with taking classes at both institutions simultaneously.

There are six (6) 3+1 articulation agreements in place between the two institutions, creating seamless transfer options for Penn Highlands’ graduates to complete a bachelor’s degree at Saint Francis University. Agreements include:

These 3+1 agreements have gained momentum in recent years as students are realizing they can keep pursuing a higher degree while already being enrolled in an associate degree program. Students understand this is a cost-effective way to receive a bachelor’s degree. In Fall 2018, four (4) students benefited from these agreements. Five (5) more students participated in Spring 2019. Now, there are over fifty (50) students interested in taking advantage of these agreements.

“When regional colleges work together as Penn Highlands and Saint Francis are doing, we can help students meet their educational goals without excessive student debt to contend with when they graduate,” stated Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Penn Highlands. “That can make it easier for them to remain here, work here, and contribute to the growth and development of our region.”

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has six locations that serve the Southern Alleghenies region. Applications are now being accepted for the summer and fall 2019 semesters.