Harper partners with SIU for new undergraduate courses: Harper College
Harper College students can pursue a range of new bachelor’s options due to a new partnership with Southern Illinois University.
On Tuesday, heads of Illinois institutions officially signed two agreements that provide students with a valuable opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree near home and graduate from the SIU, either through the Harper College Academic Center. or online through the Saluki Step Ahead program.
“SIU Carbondale is committed to providing access, affordability and removing barriers for all students,” said SIU Carbondale Chancellor Austin Lane. “We are proud of our beautiful campus and the top-notch education and opportunities that Salukis receives. But we understand that not all Chicago students can move to Carbondale to complete their education, so we will be bringing SIU Carbondale to Windy City. ”
SIU brings its strong programs in accounting, paralegal studies, and public safety management to the University Center on the Harper campus. Programs are taught by UES faculty and delivered in a blended learning environment, combining the flexibility of online learning with on-campus coursework and resources.
All three SIU degree programs build on the success of the University Center, which also offers bachelor’s degrees in partnership with DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, and Roosevelt University.
“Since opening in 2018, the Harper College University Center has been a game-changer for students and their families,” said Avis Proctor, President of Harper College. “The number of registrations has increased to more than 330 students. Over 50 students have successfully completed their program. And those numbers continue to climb every semester.
In addition to hosting SIU at the University Center, Harper joined SIU’s Saluki Step Ahead program, which enables qualified community college graduates to attend SIU Carbondale remotely to pursue undergraduate studies in accounting, business and administration, criminology and criminal justice, health care management, psychology and radiological sciences. Students in the program pay Harper’s tuition fees for their first two years. In the third and fourth years, they receive an annual scholarship of $ 4,000. The goal is to enable them to graduate for $ 25,000 or less.
“We are pleased to partner with Harper College to open more avenues for students with limited options,” said Dr Lane. “Whether they take the SIU Carbondale courses online or at the University Center, we will welcome them as Salukis. Today’s agreement fits well with our Imagine strategic plan, whose pillars include improving student success and enhancing partnerships.
Dr Proctor noted that the pillars of the SIU align with Harper’s mission of uplifting his communities, highlighting the university center as a gateway not only to bachelor’s degrees, but also to career opportunities and strong paychecks.
“Partnering with SIU through the Saluki Step Ahead program and our university center offers valuable new pathways to a bachelor’s degree for students, especially adult learners who can handle jobs, families and other commitments,” Dr Proctor said. “These new ventures present a tremendous opportunity for students, families and, ultimately, our communities. ”