SU HACC Agreement

Participating in the signing were front (l to r) HACC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski and Shippensburg President Jody Harpster; back (l to r) from HACC Dr. Kathleen T. Doherty, Shannon S. Harvey, Dr. Rob Steinmetz, Dr. Cynthia A. Doherty, and from Shippensburg Dr. Tracy Schoolcraft and Dr. Rick Ruth.

SU, HACC sign pact to make earning degree easier

The presidents of Shippensburg University and HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, today (March 29) signed a “reverse transfer agreement” that will allow HACC students at Shippensburg to earn their associate degree while attending Shippensburg.

Participating in the signing were Shippensburg President Jody Harpster and HACC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski. Also in attendance from Shippensburg University were Dr. Tracy Schoolcraft, associate provost and dean of graduate studies, and Dr. Rick Ruth, vice president of enrollment management, technology and library services. In addition to Dr. Ski, also attending from HACC were Dr. Cynthia A. Doherty, provost and vice president of academic affairs; Dr. Rob Steinmetz, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management; Shannon S. Harvey, vice president of HACC’s Gettysburg Campus, and Dr. Kathleen T. Doherty, associate provost.

“Shippensburg University has a long-standing and very successful relationship with HACC and its students,” said Dr. Harpster. “This new agreement will allow students who transfer to Ship from HACC to earn their associate degrees from HACC while continuing their work toward earning their bachelor’s degrees from Ship. We look forward to helping even more students from Central Pennsylvania fulfill their academic and personal dreams.”

“We are pleased to be able to partner with Shippensburg University and provide opportunities for their students to earn an associate degree from HACC. Our partnership allows former HACC students to meet their educational goals – and that is our purpose as colleges,” said Sygielski.

Under the new agreement, students who transfer from HACC to Shippensburg before earning their associate degree will now be able to transfer Shippensburg credits back to HACC to apply toward completion of their HACC degree.

As part of the agreement, Shippensburg will each year contact its current students from HACC who have earned at least 45 credits at HACC and offer them the chance to have their credits evaluated by HACC for possible application toward an associate degree.

Interested students will then be asked to complete a form to have those credits reviewed by HACC officials who will then inform Shippensburg of those students who receive the associate degree as a result of the reverse transfer program.

The agreement is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016.

Shippensburg and HACC already have several other agreements in place to make it easier for HACC students to transfer to Shippensburg, such as the dual admissions agreement that provides HACC students with seamless enrollment to Shippensburg.

Those interested in more information can contact Shippensburg University admissions at admiss@ship.edu or call HACC admissions at 800-ABC-HACC.

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