Oakton Community College and RU Offer New Dual Degree Programs

Roosevelt has many good higher education neighbors here in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. One of these schools, Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, has just partnered with Roosevelt to offer a series of new dual degree programs that offer undergrad students an affordable and attractive pathway to their bachelor’s degree is several different academic fields. As the Daily Herald reported on August 30th,

Oakton students in the Dual Degree Program are guaranteed acceptance to Roosevelt once they complete their associate’s degrees, and will transfer to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

To ensure a smooth transition from Oakton, Roosevelt has established transfer credit guides for specific degree programs, including the bachelor of science in business administration.

Others in development include a bachelor of science in computer science, bachelor of arts in information technology, bachelor of arts or science in math with a secondary education certification, bachelor of arts in psychology, and bachelor of arts in integrated marketing communications.

Once Oakton students select their intended Roosevelt major, their degree requirements will be locked in for three years.

Dual Degree Program students can also get a Roosevelt tuition discount based on their Oakton GPA. High-achieving Oakton students are eligible to compete for $15,000 and $12,500 annual Roosevelt scholarships and $1,000 awards.

“We have together created new pathways for our students and strengthened the partnership forged over many years between Roosevelt and Oakton,” Oakton President Margaret Lee said in the release.

Career guidance is also part of the agreement.

“Roosevelt will provide Dual Degree Program students with advisers who, in collaboration with their Oakton counselors, will help students develop and follow four-year academic plans to ensure that none of their credits are lost when they transfer,” said Douglas Knerr, Roosevelt’s Schaumburg campus provost.

Knerr said studies show that students who complete an associate degree before transferring are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree, and do so in a shorter period of time.

Students interested in the Dual Degree Program can find applications materials here on Roosevelt’s website.


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