UW-Platteville, Southwest Tech and Nicolet College officials sign articulation agreement

July 17, 2013

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UW-Platteville, Southwest Tech and Nicolet College officials sign articulation agreement

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Officials from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Southwest Tech and Nicolet College met on July 17 to sign an articulation agreement. The three entities have formed a partnership to award an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, otherwise known as a University Transfer Liberal Arts degree to qualifying students.

UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields, Southwest Tech President Dr. Duane M. Ford and Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster signed the agreement on the UW-Platteville campus.

“Working together with institutions like Nicolet and Southwest Tech is part of our DNA at UW-Platteville,” said Chancellor Shields. “This articulation agreement expands on the opportunity to serve students. The ability to get a bachelor’s degree working through our three institutions, staying close to home, and gaining access to higher education is what we’re all about.”

Students earning the University Transfer Liberal Arts degree through a partnership with Southwest Tech and Nicolet College will be eligible to have all credits transfer and meet the UW-Platteville general education requirements, with the exception of ethnic and gender studies. All coursework for the University Transfer Liberal Arts degree program can be completed at the Southwest Tech campus in Fennimore, Wis. Students will complete one year of Southwest Tech coursework and the second year of Nicolet College classes taught at the Southwest Tech Campus, enabling the student to remain in Southwest Wisconsin instead of attending the Nicolet College campus in Rhinelander, Wis. Upon completion of the associate's degree, students who maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the program will be guaranteed admission to UW-Platteville.

“In this agreement we are stacking one more path, one more opportunity on top of the associate’s degree we are doing,” said Ford. “Those students will now be able to directly come to UW-Platteville to work toward a bachelor’s degree. It works out extremely well for all involved. By partnering, by leveraging our resources and our unique missions we can do much for our citizens without adding costs for the people who support us.”

The goal of the agreement is to retain qualified Southwest Wisconsin candidates who leave the district for other, approved transfer opportunities. It is believed the agreement could serve up to 125 students per year who leave to study at other two-year institutions and then return to the area.

“This is very, very good for students; students of all ages, students with different educational experiences,” said Burmaster. “This is all about student success.”

UW-Platteville currently has 16 articulation agreements in place in Wisconsin, 15 in Iowa and 48 in Illinois. UW-Platteville recognizes associate degrees from all 13 UW two-year colleges and the technical colleges from Madison, Milwaukee and Nicolet. The Nicolet agreement is now in its 10th year.

There are more than 500 students on the UW-Platteville campus who began their secondary education somewhere else before coming to UW-Platteville. Of those 500, 137 earned associate degrees from one of those 76 two-year colleges of which we have articulation agreements.

Founded in 1866, UW-Platteville has a longstanding tradition of academic excellence; it is one of the oldest institutions in Wisconsin. Originally established in education and mining, today UW-Platteville offers academic programs across a broad spectrum of disciplines, with particular strengths in agriculture, biology, business, criminal justice, education, engineering and industrial technology. With current enrollment of over 8,600 students, UW-Platteville continues to be the fastest-growing public university in Wisconsin and is also among the most affordable in the state. The campus is located in the scenic southwest corner of Wisconsin, less than 30 miles from both the Illinois and Iowa borders.

Southwest Tech has been the leader in providing technical education to Southwest Wisconsin since 1967. Southwest Tech’s main campus has more than 1,600 full-time equivalent students and serves approximately 12,000 Southwest Wisconsin residents each year with associate degree and technical diploma programs, certificates, basic education, high school equivalency preparation, professional development, customized labor training and emergency responder training.

Nicolet College offers more than 70 different associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and apprenticeships as well as a University Transfer Liberal Arts Program, where students earn credits towards a bachelor’s degree before transferring to a four-year college or university. Annually, about 2,000 students take credit classes at Nicolet. Another 5,000 take non-credit classes. The Nicolet campus is located in Wisconsin’s scenic Northwoods, along the shores of picturesque Lake Julia one mile south of Rhinelander, Wis.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu; Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu

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