UNIVERSITY PARK | Governors State University is welcoming a new partner to the Dual Degree Program. At a Feb. 3 ceremony, Governors State president Elaine P. Maimon and Waubonsee Community College president Christine Sobek, along with other key members of the schools’ administration teams, signed a dual degree agreement.
“We are delighted that Waubonsee Community College is joining the Dual Degree Program as our 11th partner,” Maimon said. “Together we will provide a seamless, fulltime pathway from the achievement of the associate degree to the completion of the aachelor’s degree. This program serves as an example to the nation. We are particularly pleased about this agreement because it gives our students at the Naperville Education Center an option and convenient location to continue their studies and achieve two degrees.”
The WCC-GSU dual degree agreement guarantees that participating WCC students, after earning their associate degree in two years, will be able to complete their bachelor’s degrees at GSU with some significant benefits. Their GSU tuition will be fixed at the rate in effect when they began their freshman studies at WCC. They will also be eligible to compete for the debt-free education offered by the GSU Promise Scholarship and receive the guidance and services of both institutions during their studies.
“The Obama administration has targeted community college and baccalaureate degree completion as a national priority,” Maimon said. The dual degree initiative also supports the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s Public Agenda and Complete College America coalition, she added. “Dual degree will motivate students and encourage them to aim high by deciding to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the start of their college career.”
“Partnerships like these provide wonderful opportunities for our students,” Sobek said. “Not only do they motivate students to complete an associate degree, they also make a bachelor's degree more accessible. GSU's Naperville Education Center is a convenient option for many students in our district, and the university's competitive tuition rate makes a four-year degree affordable.”
To qualify for the Dual Degree Program, students must be fulltime and have completed 12 to 45 credit hours and be in good academic standing at one of GSU's partner community colleges.