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ASU, Darton join to help students

Dr. Paul Jones Dr. Paul Jones
Dr. Arthur Dunning Dr. Arthur Dunning
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

UPDATE:

Albany State University and Darton State College are teaming up to help students further their education. 

Tuesday, the interim presidents from each institution signed articulation agreements which allow students in the associate programs to transition between schools easily and continue their education without having to take additional credit hours.

"This is an articulation agreement where we are agreeing to collaborate and work together," said Dr. Arthur Dunning, the ASU Interim President.

Leaders say this is an important first step in moving forward and working together, but this is not a consolidation.

"We don't want people to somehow look at these efforts as a way of saying that somehow this is introducing some other effort. What it's introducing is two institutions who understand a community, know the community has an important need, we should step up to the plate and play our important role to educate citizens of this community," said Dr. Paul Jones, the Darton College Interim President.

"I don't see that we can raise the level of our education without these two campuses working in a very intense way in the short term and long term to better Southwest Georgia," said Dunning.

Dr. Paul Jones and Dr. Arthur Dunning plan to continue to work together and say more partnerships are in the works.

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Albany State University and Darton State College are forming a strategic alliance to support college accessibility for students in Albany and Southwest Georgia.

Dr. Art Dunning, ASU's interim president and Dr. Paul Jones, interim president of Darton will ink three new articulation agreements at a signing ceremony to be held at 1:00 this afternoon  in the Student Center Conference Room.

The contracts, effective July 1 outline the terms and conditions by which the institutions will establish formal "2+2" agreements which allow students to transition between schools with ease.

For instance, a student with an Associate Degree in Music from DSC can earn a Bachelor in Music Education from ASU. Students with an Associate Degree in Social Work from DSC are able to obtain a Bachelor in Social Work from ASU, and students with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from DSC can transfer to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at ASU.

"I want to send a unified message to the residents of this city, region and state: The education leaders in Albany are working as a team to leverage our intellectual assets and build bridges between our institutions," said Dunning.  "Articulation agreements are a winning strategy not only to optimize student learning experiences, but to expand educational opportunities and provide a seamless entry for students," Jones said.

The partnerships demonstrate the institutions' commitment to working strategically combining community resources to create educational opportunities.  For more information, contact the ASU Office of University Communications at (229) 430-4671.

 

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