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Edgewood College, Madison College expand partnership

Madison College and Edgewood College have formalized two new agreements that will benefit transfer students from both institutions. One benefits international students from Madison College who wish to transfer to Edgewood College, while the other allows Madison College students to “reverse transfer” classes taken at Edgewood College to fulfill the requirements of their Madison College associate’s degree.

Both agreements were effective beginning with the 2018-19 academic year.

Officials from both schools describe the agreements as “innovative, forward-thinking, and responsive to student needs.” The first agreement allows qualified international students from Madison College to receive their associate degree in liberal arts at Madison College and seamlessly transfer to Edgewood College to earn their bachelor’s degree in as few as two additional years.

The second agreement allows Madison College students who earn at least 30 credits to transfer to Edgewood College, complete additional credits required for an associate degree, and transfer back those required credits to Madison College to earn an associate degree. According to Christine Benedict, vice president for enrollment management at Edgewood College, earning an associate’s degree is an accomplishment that adds to a student’s resume and provides them with a completed credential that should be celebrated and acknowledged in their academic records.

“At Edgewood College, we are always excited to help students finish what they start,” Benedict said. “Making the process of transferring credits back to Madison College easier so that a student’s hard work can be put toward the completion of their associate’s degree is just another way we work in partnership with others to help students meet their educational goals.”

Over the past five years, according to data collected by Madison College, liberal arts transfer students make up an average of 30 percent of its enrollment.