John Brown University and Crowder College signed a memorandum of understanding today to create a pathway for students to earn an associate’s degree from Crowder and then complete their bachelor’s degree at JBU, as well as reverse transfer credit to complete their associate’s degree from Crowder. Through this agreement, students are eligible to transfer into any of JBU’s traditional undergraduate programs on JBU’s Siloam Springs campus, or JBU’s online undergraduate programs.
“JBU strives to build lasting partnerships to create more opportunities for students to further their educational goals,” JBU President Dr. Chip Pollard said. “Through this agreement, we hope to build a bridge between Crowder and JBU so that students will more easily continue to pursue a high quality education and receive the tools to be successful in their careers while also serving God and others.”
By clarifying transfer policies and procedures through this formal transfer agreement, JBU and Crowder engage in a shared commitment to increase opportunities for student access to and success in higher education. The institutions will assist students so that they are not required to retake courses already achieved.
“We’re very excited about signing the articulation agreement,” Crowder College President Dr. Glenn Coltharp said. “It opens the doors for many opportunities for our students and gives many options for them to continue their education. We offer many quality associate degrees that are a natural fit with JBU’s bachelor’s programs.
Students who graduate from Crowder, complete Crowder’s designated program courses and hold a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible for admission to JBU under the terms of this agreement.
“We believe that this strategic collaboration will build new pathways for students to achieve their academic goals and will create stronger community relations in NWA and the region,” Dr. Stacey Duke, JBU’s dean of online undergraduate programs and strategic initiatives, said.
Crowder College is a comprehensive community college situated in the beautiful Ozark region of Southwest Missouri. The College was founded in 1963 by a vote of district citizens in five contiguous school districts in McDonald and Newton Counties, which composes the formal college district. The College is also assigned a nine-county service region which extends north up the Oklahoma and Kansas state lines to Vernon County and east along the Arkansas state line to Barry County. Crowder is well respected in the community, state and nation. Crowder has been named as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education the last 5 of 7 years.