CSU, Chico News

Feather River College and CSU, Chico Enter Degree Program Partnership

Date: 10-09-2008

Joe Wills
Director of Public Affairs
California State University, Chico
Bruce Baldwin
Director of Outreach
Feather River Community College

California State University, Chico and Feather River College will formally enter into a degree partnership unique in California with a signing event Thursday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. in room 150 of CSU, Chico’s new Student Services Center.

The new Degree Partnership Program will allow students to take classes at Feather River College and CSU, Chico at the same time to complete their bachelor’s degree. Students can be enrolled in classes at both institutions in the same semester or in alternating semesters to achieve their educational goals.

“I am delighted that we have forged this program to make it easier for students to complete a bachelor’s degree,” said Ron Taylor, superintendent/president of Feather River College. “This will make it easier and more convenient for students from this region to finish their degree, creating new opportunities for them and opening up access to education for residents of the northeastern part of the state. I hope this partnership will eventually help increase not just degree completion, but the college-going rate for the region.”

“This is a partnership of trust and purpose,” said Paul Zingg, CSU, Chico president. “We are fulfilling the trust that the students of our region have in our ability to support their educational aspirations. And we affirm that we are connected in this purpose. Our institutions, our region, and, most of all, our students benefit.”

Dennis Bailey-Fougnier, chief student services officer for Feather River College, said the program is designed to allow students to essentially treat the two schools as one institution. Based on research he has conducted for a doctoral degree, Bailey-Fougnier said 80 percent of community college students taking part in a degree partnership program go on to earn a BA, as compared to 26 percent who are not in such a program.

Bailey-Fougnier, who has helped implement degree partnership programs in Oregon, said CSU, Chico and Feather River College would be the first two California campuses to enter into such an agreement.

To enter the program, students must meet CSU, Chico admissions requirements and have successfully completed 12 semester units from an accredited institution. Interested students will be able to apply starting Nov. 1 through Feather River College.