Leaders from SUNY New Paltz and Dutchess Community College (DCC) met Tuesday, June 28, 2022, to sign an articulation agreement that will streamline the process for DCC students to transfer to New Paltz.
Among other benefits, qualified DCC students will have their SUNY New Paltz application fees waived and will benefit from direct outreach and advising from New Paltz Enrollment Management staff to ensure a smooth transfer process.
The program deepens the long-established partnership between DCC and New Paltz with new ways for staff from the two institutions to partner on initiatives and events related to advising, career services and student life. Together, these services provide a steppingstone for DCC students, including those who applied to New Paltz after high school but were not admitted, to succeed in earning their associate degree, transferring seamlessly, and graduating on time with a four-year degree.
“SUNY New Paltz has a longstanding relationship with Dutchess Community College, and we work hard to support the students we share and serve,” said President Donald P. Christian, whose signing of this agreement was one of his final official actions before his retirement in July. “Transfer students are a sizable and important part of the New Paltz campus community – about half of our graduates who cross the stage each year came to us as transfers – and as our largest source for transfers annually, Dutchess Community College is a critical partner in serving these students well as they pursue two- and four-year degrees.”
“I’m honored to enter Dutchess Community College into this new agreement, which will further benefit our students, their families and our communities at large,” said DCC President Peter Grant Jordan. “Anything we can do to accelerate their journeys to career success, without sacrificing the quality of their education – or adding needless cost – is an advantage for our students, our institutions and the industries and communities which they join upon graduating.”
The agreement between the two institutions expands the robust set of perks that students already receive when they transfer from one SUNY institution to another. It further streamlines the credit transfer experience for DCC students, both for the SUNY General Education Requirement and for major requirements at New Paltz.
This program will be available to DCC students who maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, who are on track to earn their associate degree, and who fully satisfy New Paltz’s admissions criteria after their degree is awarded by DCC.