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UCM and State Technical College of Missouri Announce Articulation Agreement

WARRENSBURG, MO – The presidents of the University of Central Missouri and State Technical College of Missouri this week expressed their mutual commitment to student access and success in higher education by signing a new articulation agreement.

Donald Claycomb, front left, president of State Technical College of Missouri, and Charles Ambrose, University of Central Missouri president, signed an agreement Nov. 8 providing for a seamless transfer of students from the STC design drafting technology program to the UCM computer-aided drafting and design technology program. Joining in the ceremony were, back row, from left, George Wilson, UCM provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Aaron Kliethermes, chair of the STC Department of Design Drafting Technology; Vicki Schwinkie, STC chief academic officer and dean of Academic and Student Affairs; Gaylene Harms, STC retiring chair of the Department of Design Drafting Technology; Alice Greife, UCM dean of the College of Science and Technology; John Sutton, UCM chair of the School of Technology; and Kyle Palmer, UCM coordinator for Computer-Aided Design Drafting Technology.   

The agreement, which takes effect this semester and will be reviewed in 2020, makes it possible for students who successfully complete the two-year associate’s degree in design drafting technology at STC to seamlessly transfer to the baccalaureate degree in computer-aided drafting and design technology at UCM. This means that the credits State Tech students earn toward completion of their degree will be accepted by UCM and applied toward the four-year program. The bachelor’s degree in CADD Technology will require a minimum of 124 semester hours of coursework of which 65-67 hours will be taken at UCM.

A number of representatives from both institutions were on hand for the signing ceremony conducted by Charles Ambrose, UCM president, and Donald Claycomb, STC president. Alice Greife, dean of the UCM College of Science and Technology, presided over the event. She noted that one of the unique aspects of the agreement is that both institutions share a statewide mission in professional applied sciences and technology.

Ambrose said the agreement is consistent with each school’s efforts to “meet the governor’s agenda for higher education, which is to re-stimulate our workforce and put our students in positions of being competitive.” He expressed his appreciation to the faculty and staff of UCM and State Tech whose efforts will be needed to make articulation a success, and thanked those who are contributing to a quality, accessible and affordable education for students attending both institutions. He also praised the spirit of collaboration. 

“It’s great to have partners, and we appreciate what this means to the university,” Ambrose said.

Claycomb said STC’s relationship with UCM goes beyond the signing of the articulation agreement, including 21.4 percent of the degrees held by his institution’s faculty have been earned at UCM. He added that his institution will welcome additional collaboration with Central Missouri.

“As I told President Ambrose early on, we have some more ideas and we want to invite a delegation from your institution to come and see what we have and how we might work together for the benefit of both schools, and ultimately for the state of Missouri,” Claycomb said. “This is a time when the state needs a lot more people who are technologically prepared.”

Symbolic of UCM’s commitment to working with other institutions to meet state education goals, this is the second articulation agreement that has been signed this semester between Central Missouri officials and representatives of a two-year institution, and both have involved the CADD Technology program. In September, the university entered an articulation agreement with Metropolitan Community College-Business Technology Campus providing for the seamless transfer of students from the Associate of Applied Science in CADD or Engineering Technology degrees at the MCC-BTC to the Bachelor of Science degree program in CADD Technology or Engineering Technology-Mechanical (Product Design) in UCM’s School of Technology. More information is available on the web at www.ucmo.edu/news/mcc.articulation.cfm?my=10&dy=2010.

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