SPRINGFIELD — Officials of Lincoln Land Community College and Western Illinois University today (Nov. 29, 2018) signed a new academic transfer partnership, or articulation agreement. The agreement is designed to facilitate the ease of transfer of LLCC students wishing to achieve a bachelor of arts in general studies at WIU.
“We are happy to add this to our list of transfer agreements that help LLCC graduates continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Vern Lindquist, vice president of academic services at LLCC (right in photo). “Students who earn an associate degree at LLCC in any field of study can transfer to the general studies program at WIU. Courses in the general studies program may be taken entirely online, so our students who live and work in our district can still attend this program at WIU. The general studies program is a self-designed, very flexible degree, and students may choose up to three minors from over 25 choices.”
The agreement will also facilitate “reverse transfer” of credits for degree completion at LLCC. If LLCC students transfer to WIU before graduating from LLCC, they can still be awarded their associate degree from LLCC after completing necessary requirements.
Dr. Joseph Rives, vice president of strategic planning at WIU (left in photo), commented, “We are very excited and honored to partner with this outstanding institution. This is a great opportunity for students to stay in the LLCC district and earn the general studies degree.”
“We refer to the general studies degree as ‘choose your own adventure,’” added Michele Aurand, associate director of the general studies program. “Students can tailor the curriculum to their interests, and courses are available fully online or on campus. A personalized program of study is designed by the student in consultation with an advisor.”